About face: Game developers should try and be the movie business

moviesSince the video game industry is so crazy desperate to become the movie business, and the people who cover it are falling over themselves to try and make this happen, I think it’s about time I joined in on the fracas too.

That’s right. I’m flip flopping. Let’s make video games more like the movies!

Specifically, I’d like them to turn their covetous eyes toward Paramount. The movie firm, fresh off the massive success of the $15,000 Paranormal Activity flick (grossed $100 million), is now pushing its executives to create “micro films” — low budget fare with a focus on story and characters and new ideas, rather than constant $100 million+ blockbuster schlock.

So have at it, game developers. Make games more like interactive movies. I insist.