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Kotick And Co. May Sell Game Scenes As Movies

Video games are closer to movies than ever before in terms of technology and cinematography, so perhaps it isn't a big stretch to see cut-scene collections in theaters.

During a Bank of America Merill Lynch Media, Communications, and Entertainment Conference, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick cited their latest hit, Starcraft II, which has already sold over 3 million copies. The slick movie cut-scenes in the game got a lot of attention, which prompted Kotick and Co. to think about producing full-length feature films. Said Kotick:

"If we were to go to our audience and say we have this great hour-and-a-half of linear video that we would like to make available to you at a $30 price point or $20 price point, you'd have the biggest opening weekend of any film ever. Within the next five years, you are likely to see us do that. Now that may be in partnership with somebody; it may be alone. But there will be a time when we capitalize on the relationship that we have with our audience."

Kotick said Activision is poised to make the leap, as they could "bypass the expenses of standard distribution methods" and after purchasing it, "an extremely high percentage" of company followers would be willing to head to the theater and watch it again. Back in 2001, Sega launched a limited Japanese theatrical run of Shenmue based on various parts of the Dreamcast game. That movie was then included with the Xbox version of Shenmue II. Blizzard has also tried something similar, as they released a three-DVD set boasting cinematics from Starcraft, Starcraft: Brood War, Diablo II and Warcraft III.

Kotick apparently wants to tap into Hollywood; he also spoke about a vision he's had for several years...a vision that has now come true: the audience for video games would broaden to the point where it resembled the fan base of television and films. He mentioned the lip-syncing and facial animations we'll see in the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops, saying it would be a "breakthrough" for the industry. In the end, he said "the ability to have characters with whom players could form an emotional connection - the same way they do with characters in movies - was a 'Holy Grail' in the industry."  Well, that sounds about right.

Tags: activision, bobby kotick, activision games

9/15/2010 9:19:06 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (76 posts)

swapnilgyani
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 9:58:22 PM
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I've always shown cut-scens of games like God of War, Uncharted, etc. to my non-gaming family, and they've always loved it.

Maybe I should start charging them for the service...

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:42:19 PM

LOL If you tried to charge them, they wouldn't pay. It's the one thing Kotick doesn't seem to understand.

Also, if any of us ever want to watch an hour and a half of cut-scenes, all we need to do is go to youtube. Bonus... its free! Not 30 or 20 dollars.

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Alienange
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:12:42 PM

Although I agree 20-30 is too high for movie, I do think people would flock in droves to the theater to see the kind of thing Kotick is talking about.

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Jawknee
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:10:47 PM
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Booby isn't a gamer, he's a businessman and It's ideas like these that show it. Always looking for ways to cash in rather than create and innovate. I'm all for making money but c'mon. He reminds me of the record producers that turned music, a once sacrade place into an ATM machine.

Plus we already have full cutscene like movies that are better than most video game cut scenes. Pixar has been doing it for years. Square has tried and failed. Can't imagine much better coming from Activision.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:17:36 PM

Ass to Mouth machine.

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:45:23 PM

...you called?

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frylock25
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:52:17 PM

ha ha

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:43:58 AM

oh dear

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 8:53:15 AM

@Jawk
Square failed huge with Spirits Within, but for a straight to DVD movie in Advent Children, they had huge success. They got lots of credit from film festivals around the world, and although sales were only mediocre in NA, the DVD and especially bluray sales in Japan were great! In fact, Square considers Advent Children a success.

But you're right... I don't think it's a good idea for him. Halo had a huge following too, but it's movie/tv episodes haven't been very successful. I just don't think Starcraft or CoD has the emotional or scripted staying power that the FF7 compilation has. Pixar and disney are already producing CG movies, but they're all original titles that typically make crappy versions of video games.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:15:22 PM
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"hour-and-a-half of linear video that we would like to make available to you at a $30 price point or $20 price point,"

So Kotick wants to charge 20 or 30 bucks a ticket? You can shove that idea back up your ass, Kotick.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:18:06 PM

yeah, who the fack would pay for that? Ten bucks a movie is steep and that's two hours usually.

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:22:38 PM

I think we are witnessing the beginning of Koticks downward spiral into delusional madness. I can't see any reason why a mentally sound person would think this is a good idea.

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B-RadGfromOV
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:56:17 PM

Maybe he's only considering disc and download methods of content distribution. Of course a theater ticket shouldn't cost that much, but a game on a disc is 60 bucks. Then again, there's nothing interactive about a cutscene to warrant such a lofty price tag.

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Orvisman
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 9:26:51 AM

@B-Rad,

That’s what I thought at first He must be talking about DVD/BR sales. But then he talks about the “…biggest opening weekend of any film ever.”

That is movie speak for theatrical releases. Movie studios don’t refer to DVD/BR sales that way.

I agree with Kangasfwa on this. Kotick is insane if he thinks people will pay $20-$30 for a movie ticket to watch his cut scenes.


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Fane1024
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 3:57:16 PM

People (well, a few) pay $10+ for a movie ticket and that's insane given that you can buy the movie for about that much or rent it for half as much and have as many people watch it as you want. There are certainly people foolish enough to pay $20+.

Of course, the skyrocketing prices and plummeting quality are why the movie theater industry is soon to go the way of the dodo.

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Sancho
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 6:27:02 PM

I don't go to the movies unless its the day time on a Monday or Tuesday to get in for $5. And even then I usually wait for stuff to release on DVD and just torrent it. Unless its something awesome with good special effects I rent the blu ray.

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GuernicaReborn
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:16:02 PM
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I'm sorry, he wants to make a movie out of an hour and a half of video game cutscenes, put it in theaters, and charge $20 to $30?

WTF?

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Nerull
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:00:13 PM

What do you mean "beginning"? The only time this guy is ever in headlines is for shooting his mouth off.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:20:17 PM
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That is the most retarded thing I've ever heard, you would hardly be able to make sense of the story without all the in between stuff. It would just be something shiny up there on the screen... oh wait that's what Hollywood is... crap.

No sale Kotex! May your games be pirated and your job be lost.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:25:41 PM

Don't worry, they will be by his so-called supporters on the Xbox 360 who only like that console since it's a haven for piracy.

I agree with everybody here. Bobby is again showing everybody that he only cares about money and nothing else. If he cared about the games and playing them, he wouldn't be kissing Microsoft's butt all day and taking their millions.

BTW, that jerk who rips Ben for no reason is e-begging. Who's looking desperate now?

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tes37
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:23:14 PM
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I don't like that look on his face when he talks about money or capitalizing on the relationship with his audience. What does he mean by calling customers an audience? Sounds like he's trying to put on a show or something. If he's trying to be a comedian, he's not funny.

His SE style project might not bode well for Activision. A failure might humble him a little.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:36:25 PM

From what I've read, the failure of FF: Spirits Within put SquareSoft deep into the red. It was one of the big reasons they merged with Enix soon after (Enix had plenty of cash at the time).

Unless Activision loses tens of millions on this project, Kotick probably wouldn't be humbled by a loss. Hell, even if Activision sees heavy losses from the movie project Kotick would likely just blame the movie makers or brush it off as a failed experiment. Activision's shareholders /might/ rise up against him (in the event), but I doubt they would want him thrown out.

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dkmrules
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:29:24 PM
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This is got to be one of, if not the stupidest idea that dumb hack has ever had.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:30:22 PM
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Let me be so bold as to re-phrase Boobie's sentence the way I think he really want's it......

"we capitalize on the relationship that we have with our audience's by bending right them over all of our cash-cow machines, and all without the extra expenditure, or messy usage of Vaseline.

And of course his idea of making hour & 1/2 of cut-scenes will probably be taking content away from the game, so he can have his instantly made $30 DLC movies

What a real Kotex you are, Boobie!!!!

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Deleted User
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:32:02 PM
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I wonder what Xbots think of this?

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:34:49 PM

They want to know when and where they can throw their money at a showing of all the Halo cut scenes.

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tes37
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:45:22 PM

I can just see the movie promotions now. "Free Kotick catheters with each soft drink purchase. You'll never have to miss a moment of the action".

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LimitedVertigo
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:46:25 PM

@World

Not their money, their parents money.

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Deleted User
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:50:29 PM

A Halo cutscenes movie would get a PG rating. I've always thought the scripts for Halo are on the level of George Lucas-penned Star Wars movies.

A swear word here or there wouldn't hurt y'know.

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Highlander
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:12:07 PM

They're already salivating at the idea of a Halo movie made this way.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:34:08 PM
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"But there will be a time when we capitalize on the relationship that we have with our audience."

Uh hello, Dummy, there's these games called RPGs in which you connect with the characters on a far deeper level than you do in TV and movies.

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TheCrazyMerc
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:36:52 PM
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Too bad the cutscenes are already on youtube. The best way they can sell movies, like the starcraft cutscenes is if they actually create a new one, maybe a CGI movie?

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frylock25
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:46:13 PM
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Ben you chose that pic on purpose didnt you? i mean he just looks like a giant d-bag in that pic.

if i go and pull up all the cut scenes from any of my games, most jump all over and wont make a cohesive story. maybe he meant that 20 30 thing about like a blueray. i dont know how he would even convince movie theaters they all have to raise the price to that. it sounds like he has figured out that he can rip off gamers he wants to move onto the general population and do it in movie theaters.

never before have i wanted anyone to fail at something as much as i want this guy to fail at everything.

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A2K78
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:47:33 PM
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"Square has tried and failed."

Not witih FF7:AC with over 10 million dvd, blu ray and umd sold.....

anyhow Kotick idea isn't new, but he's obviously trying to cash-in the success Square Enix(FF7:AC), Namco(Tales of Visperia) and Capcom(Resident Evil:4D Executor, Resident Evil:Degeneration) had.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:55:52 PM

Square did try and fail with Final Fantasy: Spirits Within. They lost millions on that project.

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Highlander
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:11:00 PM

Xenosaga did this with it's cutscene from Episode 1, and they turned around and made a multi-season anime out of the game too.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:25:20 AM

None of those movies were released in theaters. Square tried with Spirits Within and lost millions. They had to close their Hawaii studio and had to merge with Enix to save their company.

So yes, they failed.

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Scarecrow
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 10:57:57 PM
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karma will get his ass

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:46:13 AM

or LV will.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:44:33 AM

::munch:: ::munch::

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swapnilgyani
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:01:23 PM
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So, who is this Boobie Crotchik anyway?

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:22:23 PM

swapnilgyani,

He's the a-hole who is CEO of Anti-vision(Activision), and who is running the company into the ground with his greedy thirst for more & more cash.

And he's not a gamer, but he loves to belittle the gaming world in almost all of his business speeches.

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BTNwarrior
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:08:55 PM
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didn't Square Enix allready try this and fail misrerably?

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Highlander
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:10:00 PM
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Seems like Bobbie wants to overcharge for something else. I mean it's a fair idea to string cut scenes together as a low budget animated feature, but $30? Are you kidding me? The whole game costs $60, who in their right mind would lay down $30 for the cut scenes from a game?

That said, I do have a DVD which assembles the cutscenes from Xenosaga Episode 1 into a continuous feature. But it didn't cost $30, and I don't see anyone but the most hardcore Xenosaga fan buying into it. I got mine in a bundle with an auction.

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Geobaldi
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:26:44 PM

Got mine off Ebay a few years ago. It's a great DVD but unless you've played the game, you'll miss a lot of the story elements. Still it's great to be able to skip to whatever cutscene you want to watch without having resort to loading up savepoints and/or playing through the game to get to them again. Wish the anime didn't change up some of the events that originally happened in the game.

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:01:56 AM

I downloaded all the FMV/CGI/Cutscenes from FFVII through FFXII a few years back. It's incredible how far the series has come graphically just in terms of the CGI.

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Fane1024
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 4:03:24 PM

ND also did this with the Jak And Daxter series, though IIRC for some reason you couldn't just buy it on DVD.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:25:55 PM
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In that pic, kotex looks like he's really been eating high off the hog there.

Hmmm, he's a fat Alfred E. Newman...
"What, me worry"????

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Hezzron
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:44:32 PM
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I LOVE that pic of Kotick. It really brings out his "maniacal madman in charge of an evil empire" look.

Meh...I'm not crazy about his idea. Blizzard has always produced top notch cut-scenes, but I certainly don't see myself helping him get "the biggest opening weekend of any film ever" by paying his inflated price of $30 for a ticket.

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FxTales
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:47:22 PM
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This is how he thinks. Apparently he focuses on franchises that "have the potential to be exploited every year on every platform with clear sequel potential and have the potential to become $100 million franchises"(actual quote). That may have been a joke but you know what they say about hidden truths.

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MadPowerBomber
Wednesday, September 15, 2010 @ 11:56:46 PM
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I dunno, it could work. I mean, imagine taking the cut scenes and cinematics of something like God of War, upping them a bit visually so that they're either on par with God of War III's visuals or some CGI movie or another, editing it to the point where it's coherent, and offering it to the rest of the world -- the non-gaming folks -- as a film.

And then imagine a live action version of the same film made by a bunch of screen writers and directors that think they can do better than any other medium in the world, chopping the story to the point where it bares no resemblance to the source material whatsoever, and having Vin Diesel play the Ghost of Sparta.

Which is the more pleasing option?

As for the numbers he's throwing out there, this guy loves to talk big and make absurd statements regarding the financial aspects of gaming. I have no idea why he does it, but he continues to do it.

I would prefer this route to Hollywood's Holier-Than-Thou version, but it still would take a lot of work and post-production effort to turn cutscenes into a fully functioning film.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:50:10 AM

To be fair Vin Diesel is the only actor in Hollywood who remotely resembles Kratos.

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MadPowerBomber
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:05:32 AM

Physically, yeah. Well, wait. What's his name... Jason Momoa. I think he could pull off a Kratos if he lost the current mop of Conan hair he has for the new Conan flick.

That's the reason I never want to see a GoW live action film. Ever. I can't see anyone pulling off a convincing Kratos.

Same with Metal Gear. There's not a single actor off the top of my head that could be Snake.

I'd rather they did them like this... but for, y'know, the same price as regular movies. Heh..

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Lawless SXE
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:52:28 AM

I wholeheartedly agree with you. Making a movie out of primarily game cutscenes, vastly improved graphically, and then filler added to make up for any elements gotten across during gameplay, and it could be brilliant. Then again, 20-30 bucks US for a movie ticket is insane. Eh, my brain doesn't want to work right now, but yes. AGREE.
Peace.

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Benzin
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:01:42 AM
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I think Mr. Kotick needs to stop getting baked before his shareholders meetings. And there's this little invention called youtube where you can watch the same videos for free, maybe he hasn't heard about it yet.

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556pineapple
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:35:25 AM
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Sorry, I can't really see this happening. I'm not sure movie studios would take it too seriously either, given the quality of most cinematics.

In a related subject, wasn't there a super special edition of MGS3 that had a movie made up from all of the game cut scenes plus some new ones to fill the gaps? If so, I'd watch that for sure.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:48:39 AM
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Why not just make good CG films out of the games and put them in theatres?

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LimitedVertigo
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:12:52 AM

I loved Spirits Within though it had nothing to do with any FF game. The cost of advertising and releasing a move in theaters is a big reason you don't see any videogame CG films as of yet.

I prefer they stick to DVD like the recent RE Degeneration and Dead Space Downfall.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:26:40 AM

Spirits Within was eye candy. I really wanted to like that movie but couldn't.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:56:35 AM

Blizzard is in the process of making a CG Warcraft movie. Uwe Boll asked to direct it. Blizzard politely said, "not ever."

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Him
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:40:18 AM
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The Star Craft cut scenes were really cool i'll admit that but im not gunna buy into this. Also, is it just me or does Kotick have such an evil smile?

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___________
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 3:39:24 AM
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oh dear lord, yea good luck with that!
will somebody please hurry up and shoot this prick!?

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Snaaaake
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 4:11:15 AM
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Don't even bother Bob, selling cutscenes and add a few is nice.

At $30?
Only the fanboys would buy it.(Just like those bots who bought the overprice DLC for MW2)

Take the cutscenes from the MGS series and watch as it put Pixar to shame.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 11:37:07 AM

MGS cut scenes are great but Pixar still owns. Monsters Inc. Still looks better than most games this generation.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:50:32 PM

Even Toy Story looks better than some of the stuff being pumped out today. More game companies need to learn to use Maya. Then we'll really see some eyepopping games. Pixar uses it and so does Weta for example. And we see what they can do with it.

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JackC8
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 7:39:21 AM
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Let me guess - with three minutes of never before seen content? Ugh...

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Amazingskillz
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 7:50:32 AM
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Why pay $30 to see a cutscene movie when you can pay $10 to see a real movie? I'll drop $1.99 to see a cutscene movie and thats about it. Theres no real innovation there.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 9:00:01 AM
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dot.Hack series (both Roots/GU and the originals) had great success. Although, that was anime for the shows... and it wasn't in theatres.

By the way, if anyone here plays alot of PS2, the dot.Hack games/animes are freakin' awesome!

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Orvisman
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 9:36:24 AM
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I think Kotick is really out of touch here. He talks of “fans” of his company. What fans? Doesn’t he realize that most gamers despise Activision this gen?

Yes, I buy Activision’s games because I’m a completionist and a collector; but I buy them used, not new. So, Kotick and Activision do not, and will not, see any of my money. Furthermore, Activision doesn’t release any DLC that I want to buy.

Kotick is confusing the millions of fans of Activision’s three hit franchises -- COD, Warcraft, and Starcraft -- with them being “fans” of the company. I’m, however, sure that most of the fans of those three franchises also despise Activision and Kotick and are not “fans” of either.

Besides, didn’t most developers include theatrical modes in their games at one point that allowed you to watch the cut scenes from beginning to end like a movie?

Leave it to Activision to figure out a way to monetize and destroy the purity of gaming once again.

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Fane1024
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 4:10:03 PM

Some games do allow you to do that. I played the cutscenes from 24: The Game as a movie for my parents so they could catch up on the story (which was canon) without having to sit through the whole game.

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NiteKrawler
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 10:09:29 AM
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He calls what Activision has with its audience a relationship? HA!

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Alienange
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:19:21 PM
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But where does it say Kotick is talking about video game cut scenes? Some people gotta start reading what is actually written.

The man wants to make a cg movie, not an hour and a half compilation of cut scenes. If Activision released a cg film with the same caliber of animation and action that is found in Starcraft II, everyone and their uncle would go see it.

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Underdog15
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 12:48:42 PM

I agree with some of that! My aunt would definitely not see it.

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Benzin
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:08:12 PM

It says so in the gamespot article that Ben links to, it says nothing about making entirely new movies.

Charging $30 for cutscenes that you already have and expecting customers to go back and pay to see them again just shows how greedy Activision really is.

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Jawknee
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 2:11:12 PM

Seems your the one who needs to read more clearly Alienage. Nice try though.

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Kai200X
Thursday, September 16, 2010 @ 1:37:39 PM
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Next thing you know, he will sell in game music and call it a musical.

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The PS4 exclusive(s) reveal in December will be...
MEGATON! Biggest thing evah!
Pretty great, but not mind-blowing.
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