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EA Discusses Spielberg Game Collaboration 23

Posted by Zonk
from the so-spielbergian dept.
simoniker writes "As part of a wide-ranging interview with EA Los Angeles' Neil Young, the exec has been talking about how EA's collaboration with Steven Spielberg is working, commenting: 'Well, he doesn't like come into work, grab his lunch and set down for the day. Basically, it's probably best described as a writers' table on a TV show... it's Stephen, [Looking Glass veteran] Doug Church, who's producing his first game, me, a couple of the designers, Ryan Church [no relation to Doug], who did the walkers for War of the Worlds...' Young also commented of Spielberg: '...he's pretty conversant in the medium. He plays a lot of games.'"
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EA Discusses Spielberg Game Collaboration

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  • Spielberg has been involved in the creative side of game development before. Back in the 90's he wrote the original story for Lucasarts' The Dig [wikipedia.org]. It was a personal favourite of mine, though it didn't meet with quite the level of success it really deserved.
  • EA Los Angeles' Neil Young
    I wonder if he worked on Harvest Moon [amazon.com].
  • In the mid 90's, there was talk of the "convergence" of Hollywood and the videogame industry. Spielberg got all excited, and with his cronies K & G, they started Dreamworks Interactive. They realized that videogames was really hard to do, and videogame players were more fickle than movie customers. So they sold off Dreamworks Interactive to EA, which became EALA. And now, Spielberg has the videogame itch again.. stick to movies, Steve, and leave videogame development to the pros.
  • I'd like to see some more top-tier directors really get their hands dirty and stop trying to 'pair' a video game effort with whatever the latest film is (*cough*KingKong*cough). A modern game is arguably a more delicate and sophisticated medium than film, seeing as many games incorporate the gamut of film language, and then some. (I'm not just talking cut-scenes here.)

    There are so many variables at work in a well-executed game that I would love to see an old-school film master like Spielberg really take a

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