Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Why I hate "Cinematic"

"Cinematic" still appears to be a sort of buzz-word for videogames these days. Frequently scenes that are added emotional or involving are known as "cinematic". I do not actually like this word and its usage expose several of the troubles videogames have today. I guess some explanation is required. My two key factors for disliking the word are:

1) Films are not rolemodels
It means that videogames must strive to be much more like cinema, that there are genuinely crucial lessons to be discovered by doing things like "in the films". There is so much completed in games the past 20 years, primarily based on cinema, that has kept videogames from evolving. Linear and strict plots getting 1 of the largest. Since motion pictures rely so a lot on becoming incredibly certain in what the viewer shall see, it has standards that are direct opposite of what a videogame is. By obtaining these "cinematic" goals, we have gotten items like reduce scenes where all the "entertaining stuff" occurs, rapid-time-events and annoying camera angles. Games would have been far much better off if these factors did not turn into the design and style standards they are these days.

two) Motion pictures are not far better
It implies that film is a superior medium. I would like to say that it is really reverse. Film is almost certainly the lesser of all story telling media. It leaves much less to imagination and is the least fulfilling. Films do not demand any true work and leaves very tiny to the imagination. Certain, there are films that are challenging to get and with really subtle imagery, but these are far in between, and in my eyes does not live up the fantasies a great novel or piece of music can conjure up. In my thoughts games take all this a step further. Even though all other media offers us a prefabricated descriptions, videogames locations us in living breathing worlds. I feel the difference is like reading about climbing Everest and truly undertaking it. Videogames as a medium is not inferior, I would say it is far superior than any else.

Does this implies that the best games of nowadays trump the very best films, music and books? Far from it and very the reverse. But videogames as a medium has an awesome prospective. It would be very bad to let catchy buzz-words such as cinematic to stand in the way of fulfilling it.

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