Hollywood Has A Lot Of Gall
It isn't yet another movie-maker making statements he isn't qualified to make. It's the outright dismissal and obvious contempt these guys have for our industry.
And boy, considering the state of films right now, that takes a ton of gall. So much, in fact, that it borders on adolescent whining and ranting; it's reminiscent of established trend-setters sitting in the back seat and screaming at the driver that he doesn't know where he's going. Every time I turn around, there's another director, producer or even actor slinging a few barbs in our direction. It's often quite subtle and sometimes, I even believe they don't mean to be insulting. It's just a common, widespread belief in Hollywood that gaming still isn't a viable, legitimate form of entertainment and even if they admit that much, it can't be as viable or legitimate as movies. Now, it'd be one thing if they were fully checked out on the subject; if they had played the most advanced, progressive, revolutionary experiences this industry currently has to offer. But as we all know, that's never the case.
Maybe they're upset that the two vying industries are headed in opposite directions. Gaming keeps moving forward and continues to break new ground while movies have only gone backwards in terms of quality and intelligence. How long can you sit on your lofty pedestal and cast aspersions on all the lowly peons when your #1 product for a good long time is called "Hot Tub Time Machine?" Seriously, what part of your egotistical little brain tells you nobody will notice? Perhaps it's the same part of the brain that, like a pouting child, says that if you turn a blind eye to the facts, you'll still be right. It really is like a temper tantrum isn't it? Every time I see another movie guy pissing on games, all I can think of is a two-year old holding hands over ears, shaking his head back and forth, squeezing his eyes shut, and going, "no, no, no, no, no, no!"
Yeah, keep doing that. We've got a whole lot of very talented people working on our sh**, Hollywood. In fact, I'm willing to bet you're losing a lot of talent to our industry because you insist on turning out trash, and we can actually use fresh creativity, artistry, choreography, direction, etc. I see about one new movie a year and I don't feel as if I'm missing out on a damn thing (maybe it's because I read too much). See, you've already lost people like me who will read "War and Peace" one hour and play Heavy Rain the next. You can continue to cater to the mind-numbingly brain-dead masses all you wish; there's certainly a lot of money in that "noble" endeavor. But for the love of God, just stop making fools of yourselves. It's not even annoying, anymore...it's just plain sad.
7/29/2010 9:17:52 PM Ben Dutka