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Games as Movies
Some of the most successful games to date share a unique quality – they play more as a movie than a game in the traditional sense. For example, the Uncharted series and the new Until Dawn, which are both extremely popular games, both share this quality. While you can walk around and explore as these characters, and each have their moments of combat or quick-time events, both are very realistic-looking games that have a heavy cinematic feel to them, mainly with their large amounts of cutscenes, and are fairly linear. If you were to take out the gameplay and watch the cutscenes alone, you could almost get a perfect sense of the entire game. Instead, the gameplay serves to connect these cutscenes together, giving more of a sense of playing through a movie than a game.
What makes these games so popular? And should it be done more often?
These were all such powerful moments in Pixar’s history, and I remember each one of them and the impact they had on me when I saw them for the first time. They’re so memorable and impossible to forget, which just goes to show the absolute brilliant storytelling abilities Pixar possesses.
I definitely agree that times are changing. Outside of the world of superheroes, I can say that the Transformers comic series is benefiting from the inclusion of more female Transformers, which have been few and far between for decades. There’s still a long road ahead before female representation is equal to that of their male counterparts, but Captain Marvel shows that there’s definitely hope.
I find it interesting that Shamalyan really fell of the tracks with The Village, which seems to be the first movie he directed whose protagonist wasn’t a guy with some family problems mixed in with some supernatural (or alien) elements. Perhaps that was his niche; he was able to create a tragic story for his protagonist to come to grips with while navigating another mystery presented in his world, all coming to a big plot twist at the end that explains everything. It’s satisfying to watch, but it only works for so long – and the moment he stepped out of that pattern, he fell completely from grace, and this article clearly demonstrated that.
All in all, very informative and well done. I hope there’s still some hope for Shamalyan, although I’m doubtful.