Kong: Skull Island Director: F*** Those Who Even Question That Games Can Be Art
The debate on whether games can be considered art or not just got a very passionate opinion from Kong: Skull Island Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts.
Speaking with Glixel mainly on the subject of making the Metal Gear movie alongside Hideo Kojima, he confessed his love for video games, to the point of admitting that the aesthetic feeling of gaming somehow bled into the Kong movie.
He also explained that he’s always looking for extraordinary experiences like Zelda, Ico, The Last Guardian, obviously Kojima’s games and even indie hits like Firewatch, Inside, Journey and Gone Home. Vogt-Roberts has no doubt that games like those are, indeed, art.
I just want to see things that do something new. It’s really hard for me to just pick up a Call of Duty or something like that and just play it. I love Arkham Asylum, but it’s hard for me to pick up a sequel to something unless I feel like it’s really doing something new. Granted, I will always pick up a new Zelda and a new Metroid. I haven’t played Breath of the Wild yet because I am still getting my bearings and I need to get a Switch, but there are certain things that are so seminal in my life, and a lot of that old Nintendo stuff falls in that category – Zelda and Metroid in particular. I will always pick those up, but it’s hard for me to really give that much time to something if I don’t feel like it’s evolving the art form in some way.
From Ico to Shadow of the Colossus to The Last Guardian, the fact that games like that are able to be event games now, it’s amazing to me. I hope those games are able to make a profit and I’d like to think that those companies see the value in flagship entertainment that is pushing their artform forward, but for every success story, you hear a bunch of horror stories about an indie company that got shuttered before their game was released. The fact that it’s even a question anymore, when people even raise the idea of whether games are art, I just want to look at them and be like, “Fuck you. Fuck yourself for even questioning.”
We don’t have a lot of details on the Metal Gear movie yet, but making justice to Solid Snake and his legacy sounds very important to Kong’s Director. We’ll let you know once