The Tribeca Film Festival will be holding a special screening of a portion of L.A. Noire. Movie-goers will be able to buy tickets, form up an audience and watch a playthrough of a specific portion of Rockstar and Team Bondi’s unique crime-solving title due out this May. Following the playthrough, audience members will be treated to a question and answer segment with members of the Rockstar and Team Bondi teams.
Gamers, game critics and developers have long considered video games a contributing force in the world of narrative drama. While sports games, shooters, fighters and arcade titles may not typically deliver storylines of a fantastic quality, the gaming medium itself is rife with examples of games that push the boundaries of narrative structure and plot. Gamers have been on the forefront of a brand new way to tell stories for years, and it seems games are finally getting the attention they deserve from more high-brow art forms like the world of film.
Tribeca Enterprises COO Geoff Gilmore spoke a little about the addition of L.A. Noire to the festival and the game’s affect on its medium.
It’s an invention of a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion…We are poised on the edge of a new frontier.
Yes, on a the edge of a new frontier that’s been forming for more than 25 years.
Notoriously, one film critic has been quick to dub games as useless and devoid of any artistic merit. That would be Roger Ebert. Around a year ago, the man spouted off about the fact that games were games and shouldn’t seen as anything more by those looking to earn respect for the medium. He has since, however, retracted a bit of his statement and clarified that some games could, in fact, be considered art.
It’s great to see the snobby world of film (I can say that, because I’m a film snob) opening its arms slightly for he gaming medium. If L.A. Noire can put a crack in the dam, maybe the rest of the industry’s wonderful narratives will flood into the realm of universal praise.
What do you think? Can games ever be considered on the same artistic level as film, or just as art in general?