There is still a fair amount of immaturity in this industry [videogames], and a lot of the time it shows in the form of “Hollywood envy”. Many people in the industry still have a desire to be cool and want to prove to everyone that we can do everything Hollywood does. It’s a frustration that we don’t have the social caché of films, or the respect cinema gets, and the response, quite often, is thinking that if we make things darker, grittier and grimmier, people have to take us seriously and have to respect us and stuff.
But, we are not Hollywood, and that’s probably for the best (…). Why spend so much time trying to make your game exactly like a movie, when you can make a great game instead?.
I know we want game to get that respect, but I don’t think that make games look like films is the tick to get in there."