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Movie Director Guillermo del Toro Loves Video Games

Film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), apparently enjoys to play video games. He enjoys them so much he can have an in-depth conversation and give detailed answers about why he likes certain games. He even compares the atmosphere of some games to legendary movie directors such as Roman Polanski (Rosemary’s Baby) and George A. Romero (Dawn of the Dead).

I absolutely loved BioShock. I loved the world, the design, the lighting, the beautiful art direction and cinematography. I’m a fan of Silent Hill, Resident Evil and Devil May Cry. I love them all. The first Silent Hill was so beautiful, almost like a Lynch, Polanski or Romero type of horror experience…

I love the engine of GTA IV. I’m not a big fan of the actual game: I’m not into break-ins or running people over, but the engine is incredibly beautiful, and the sandbox is very complete. The same goes for Medal of Honor Airborne, Call of Duty 4 or Army of Two. There are only two games I consider masterpieces: Ico and Shadow of the Colossus… I have a 12-year-old daughter and we play together, but unfortunately she’s more into Sonic and Kirby.

The more time goes by and games become more mainstream, the more we see respectable Hollywood names come out of the woodwork and admit they play video games. When a ‘star’ used to ‘admit’ he/she plays video games, we usually got the “I’m more of a Pac-Man kind of person,” response. You know, the answer we always get when they want to look ‘cool’ for pop-culture.

Not only does del Toro admit he enjoys a next-gen game from time to time, but so does Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson. The growing trend of video games in Hollywood is great news for us gamers. With movies like Max Payne coming out later this year and Bioshock next year, hopefully movies adapted from video games will be the next ‘comic book’ genre for the film industry.

Source: destructoid

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3 Responses to “Movie Director Guillermo del Toro Loves Video Games”

  1. Maybe with del Toro’s interest in gaming, he’ll direct a movie adaptation of a popular series.Hopefully something along the lines of Resident Evil or Gears of War.

    Because if there’s one thing Guillermo del Toro can do, it’s make a monster come to life.

  2. As long as whoever directs the movie adaptation is willing to analyze the source material first and determine how appropriate it would be. The reason that a lot of video game to movie adaptations are so absolutely dreadful is because games are designed to be a little bit more fantastical and simply don’t translate well. So just because a game has a significant following doesn’t mean it needs to be a movie (looking at you Super Mario Bros).

    On the other hand, a series that is odd enough to be a good story yet has a firm enough grounding in a world we can believe should translate a little better (Resident Evil could’ve been much less crappy). And as video games continue to take inspiration from Hollywood it will end up being much easier to smoothly move between the two.

  3. Just not enough to makea decent hellboy game.

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