Hey Hollywood, Get Your Own Ideas
For an industry that routinely looks down at its aging, repetitive, predictable nose at video games, movies sure are stealing a lot from interactive entertainment these days.
It used to be that movies based on games were almost automatic box office and critical failures. But things have been changing rapidly; as games have approached the realm of film in terms of realism, storytelling, and overall quality (note I said "approached"), we're starting to see more evidence of the following: Hollywood is out of ideas.
What movies aren't based on something else these days? What inspiration isn't taken from a book, a true historical event, or a game? Original scripts are few and far between and when they do exist, they're often downright embarrassing. Hollywood has blamed video games for stealing away movie-viewers, but instead of complaining, how's about coming up with something fresh? Now you're doing Assassin's Creed? Will there be a big game name that won't be a movie at some point now?
Perhaps it's too simplified to say that games are on the way up while movies are on the way down. But at least in terms of progression, innovation, and creativity, I just can't see it any other way. And rather than trying to compete, Hollywood is just taking existing ideas, and from the "geeks" that have no place amongst the glitterati. Hey, here's the deal: if you want to keep taking our ideas and making money because the talent in your industry is diminishing, then you better start helping guys like David Jaffe and Hideo Kojima become gods like Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise.
Yeah, that's right. You benefit and get to walk down the red carpet, but you keep the nerds who created the idea behind closed doors, right? Not much longer, Has-Been-Wood. Not much longer. The sun is setting on your glorified reign, and you know it.
10/23/2011 8:31:20 PM Ben Dutka