“People who want games to emulate other art forms are missing the point so bad I just want to smack them across the face with a shovel. Computer games are about empowering the consumer more than any other art form. Limiting it to linear storytelling is artistic suicide. That said, I am not an artist, nor do I aspire to be one. I don’t try to convey any messages, I just want to entertain.”
Famed Minecraft designer Markus Persson (aka “notch”) sounding off on his Twitter account. I don’t believe there’s anything wrong with pushing a game — or at least a game steeped in narrative — to be more cinematic. But for a game to mimic a Hollywood action flick beat for beat (like a certain annual franchise) does rob a title of its playability, becoming something akin to an interactive movie instead of a cinematic video game. What do you think?
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- ularg answered: The industry is big. There is plenty of room for different studios to do whatever they want with their games. To be cinematic or free-form.
- squibsforsquids answered: Notch made a mediocre game that emulates Legos. When he lists his credentials on understanding art, I’ll take his comments on art seriously.
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