Episode 3 – Can Movies Learn From Video Games?

Episode 3 is upon us! Today I talk about my basement project, my grief with garbage men, video game news, a bit about games I’m playing and what’s on my horizon. Lastly, we end the show today discussing if there’s anything movies can learn from video games.

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4 thoughts on “Episode 3 – Can Movies Learn From Video Games?

  1. You losing the Mass Effect disc reminds me of one time in which I lost a DVD because I forgot to take it out of the DVD player when I was getting rid of it.

    I think I know what you mean when it comes to films these days. I’m a frequent moviegoer, and I think a reoccurring problem I see with films in the 2010s is that they either try to capture a lost quality from a bygone era, which as you say is setting itself up for failure considering we have something to compare it to (i.e. a lot of those Disney live-action remakes), or they try to go completely against everything Hollywood stands for, failing to realize that even at their worst, there are a few things they do right (i.e. Ex Machina). If there’s going to be a new, great era from films, it’s going to be the result of a good compromise between those two extremes – not by buckling down on the latter approach. The reason the New Hollywood era is remembered fondly is because it hit a sweet spot between being thought-provoking and avant-garde while also successfully selling those ideas to a large audience, which is incidentally why, in the case of video games, Undertale and Portal 2 were so successful. When directors drift too far into one of those two extremes, you either get derivative garbage or works that have a dedicated niche audience who insist it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread, yet everyone else dismisses as pretentious nonsense.

    Also, thanks for the shout-out! I’m glad you enjoyed that conversation enough to include it in this podcast. As I said, it’s difficult to say where the gaming critical circle will be in fifty years, but it will be interesting to see what a new generation of enthusiasts thinks of certain sacred cows without being driven by nostalgia.

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    1. ouch, that hurts equally as much regarding your DVD, For all I know that could have happened as well to me and I just haven’t found it yet. Thankfully, I looked after on a local ad site here and some guy is selling ME for xbox360 for $4. So I could easily get another disc and an extra case to boot!

      I’m happy that my thoughts came through, by the end of it, I was worried I rambled on so much and didn’t even have a point to be made and just ranted on movies for too long. So glad to know it made some sense.

      No problem about the shout out, it’s well deserved and again I am very thankful you participated and gave me lots and lots of fun stuff to bring onto the show.

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      1. At least it’s not as bad as losing cartridges wherein you would lose the game and your progress at the same time. That’s one thing I’m thankful for when games switched to an optic disc format. Now if only they would do something about those load times…

        Nah, I understand. It’s fun to talk about films. If it’s another issue I think is plaguing modern filmmakers, it’s that I don’t think they’ve found a way for them to be good on their own terms – they either pander to critics or ride the coattails of past accomplishments as I said. Ironically, it would mean their predicament isn’t so different from that of video game creators.


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