Guillermo Del Toro Calls Videogames The Comics of Our Time
Published: October 6, 2010 - 3:13pm
Acclaimed film director Guillermo del Toro has announced plans to develop an unannounced game with THQ but he recently talked about videogames in general and showed some massive love for gaming.
Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth) was at a book signing in Portland, Oregon when he was asked what he thought of video games and it's culture, to which he responded:
"What a great f*****g question! Videogames are the comic books of our time. It's a medium that gains no respect among the intelligencia. They say 'oh, videogames.' And most people that complain about videogames have never f*****g played them. Videogames have proven to be incredibly immersive experiences," said del Toro.
He went on to say which games he currently loves to play and which are his personal favorites of all time.
"I love shooters, by the way. I'm entirely anti-war but I've spent hours in Left 4 Dead 1 and 2. To me, there a few great videogames: Shadow of the Colossus, masterpiece; Ico, masterpiece. Back in the era of the CD-rom, there was a great game which influenced a slew of filmmakers called Gadget. Fantastic CD-rom game," said del Toro.
He also said he loves the Halo franchise but that you also wouldn't catch him playing anymore games online because of the hateful trash talking that ensues.
"I'm not an online guy, I never go online. The only time I got online, they were so insulting. 'I'll kill you you piece of s*** Mexican!' I got angry, I got really angry. I don't need this, I have enough with the message boards," said Del Toro.
As for the age old debate as to whether or not videogames can be perceived as an art form, del Toro takes his battle stance in support and urges the naysayers to try a couple recommendations and re-think their proposal.
"If you don't like, or if you think you don't like videogames, I urge you to get Shadow of the Colossus, BioShock and try them for real. You will see that they are an art form and anyone saying differently is a little out of touch. They are a narrative art form," said del Toro.
Del Toro then lashed out at the media that preaches videogames are bad for the youth.
"The way that people say that horror movies 'Ah, they make the kids delinquent' or that horror comics 'They make the kids criminals.' Now it's videogames, but it's all adult bulls***," said del Toro.
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