Cinematic Video Games – Future of Gaming in Filmmaking


History of cinematic video games



In years of video gaming, the industry has evolve into a franchise which take the player for a ride like a roller coaster. The thrill of being a protagonist whether female or male, talking a journey on their story and having a connection with the game. As for cutscenes in video games some can be iconic or tell a story about the game. Let me tell you a history of cinematic video games, in 1980s Pac-man was the first game that has cut scene, for example Pac-Man and Blinky chasing each other after winning the stage. Later there is a laserdisc games called Beg Battle which features full-motion video (FMV) with video acting



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. After cut scenes was incorporated in Prince of Persia, Maniac Mansion and Zero Wing (which has that meme “All your base are belong to us”. Cutscenes are mostly in CD-Roms due to the amount of media data storage in the disc. It can’t be in a game cartridge because they will have to compress it into kilobits. Video Game developer Ron Gilbert stated that player has no control over cutscenes”.


Wing Commander IV
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I beg to differ maybe back in the 80s but nowadays there is a term called “quick time event” I will explain that later and you can skip it too. There is a different types of cutscenes such as live action for example Wing Commander IV and The Lord of the Ring. They use actors such as Mark Hamil or Malcom McDowell to play the characters in the game. As for movie-tie games, they used film footage to what the game is based off. Pre-rend cutscenes which uses CGI or cel animation for example Final Fantasy VII and Grim Fandango.



Video game filmmaking



Real Time are rendered in-gameplay engine which has lower and visual details. Give players camera movement control and video game character wearing different costumes. This technique known as Machinima (not the YouTube channel) but often called “animated filmmaking within a real-time virtual 3-D environment”. Mixed media is live action actor in a pre-rendered animated background. Which you see in games like Myst, Wing Commander III, and Phantasmagoria. Lastly, quick time event the most common in video games. Which the player press a series of buttons on the screen to advance into the game.


telltale games guardians of the galaxy
Image: Telltale Games


For example, the most notable video game is Dragon’s Lair and Telltale Games. Cutscenes in video games makes you feel like you in a movie and also it’s an interactive movie. Which puts you in the game. Hollywood writer Danny Bilson called video game cinematic. “The last resort of game storytelling and as a person doesn’t want to watch a movie when they are playing a video game”. You live it in video games such as blockbuster game like Uncharted 4 and many more. There is a YouTube channels that are dedicated to video game cutscenes check them out. Without video games cutscenes how will it tell a story?



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