In an interview with Wired, famed director of Pan's Labyrinth Guillermo del Toro had some interesting things to say about the future of video games. Del Toro is one of the most famous nerds in Hollywood (his eagerness to direct the Hobbit and Hellboy is proof of that), and he has some issues with the video game industry.
"Unfortunately, I've found in my videogame experience that the big companies are just as conservative as the studios. I was disappointed with the first Hellboy game. I'm very impressed with the sandbox of Grand Theft Auto. You can get lost in that world. But we're using it just to shoot people and run over old ladies. We could be doing so much more." said del Toro.
In the interview del Toro stated that he believes that modern films are too linear, but that modern video games are too limited. He foresees a merger between entertainment mediums on the horizon, where we will see film and gaming combine to create an entirely new art form. Del Toro believes that the PS3 is probably the first step on the road to this new medium, and I happen to agree.
In fact, Heavy Rain for the PlayStation 3 looks like it might even be the 'Citizen Kane' that del Toro thinks is still on the horizon. If its not, the director might just have to take matters into his own hands.
"I'll be trying to make it. But I won't be trying until after The Hobbit." said del Toro.
Guillermo del Toro is a visionary director, and if any mainstream director can cross the gap from film to video games, it is him. Video games are already expanding to encompass a good deal of the ground once covered by movies. Dead Space was far scarier than any horror movie of 2009, and Knight's of the Old Republic was at least as engaging as any of the Star Wars films. Gaming still isn't quite ready to horn in on Hollywood's territory, but thanks to Mr. del Toro it might soon be.