Irrational Studio Head Ken Levine recently spoke with director Guillermo del Toro. Right now, del Toro is working on his own game Insane with THQ, stating that they’re a wonderful expressive art and that directors who create games without respecting the medium are setting themselves up for failure.
“Video games are no doubt the bridge to the future of genre narrative,” said del Toro. “You’re not going to see the narratives of, let’s say, a [Pedro] Almodovar or an indie film maker wane; they’re going to stay, but big, genre, artistically-challenging, brilliantly-done storytelling. Holy shit, there’s a lot you can do in games that you’d never even dream of doing in movies, or TV, or comics. Films are fantastic. They are one of the peaks of human narrative. Now, and I’m sorry to break the news to the movie industry, but so is the video game.”
“It’s not a medium where you are going to wander if you’re just an interested observer,” he added. “You have to be a gamer to completely absorb the possibility of narrative in games with their own f***ing set of rules. The mistake you have many times is you have a filmmaker who says ‘oh there’s money in video games, I’m going to go make a video game’. No. You need to truly have a passion, and even a layman understanding of the medium or you will be completely pummeled by the process.”