Landau: 300 Succeeded Because It Was 'Video Game-ish'

In a recent interview, Yair Landau, Vice Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and President of Sony Pictures Digital, discussed how movies affected video games and vice versa.

"Basically, Saving Private Ryan gave birth to a genre of gameplay", said Landau. "You could say there were shooter games before, but really the whole World War II game experience is more than just a shooter experience. It's a role-playing experience in a specific context that enhances the shooter experience. In my mind, that's the first time that you've seen a great Hollywood experience translated into a mass game experience."

Landau believes that, up till now, no game-inspired movie managed to live up to its game's quality. But he thinks that the movie 300 is the proof that this is feasible.

"I actually think that the phenomenon of 300 is really, in fact, a manifestation of the video game experience in kind of the collective conscience. The audience who came to see 300 was weaned on video games and what they saw in the marketing materials for 300 was a similar experience. They didn't show up because they were interested in the Spartans, or because they read Herodotus, or because they thought the Battle of Thermopylae was a great, untold story."

"They showed up because they saw a movie experience that was the most similar to the game experiences that they've grown up playing. The movie works because it's violent and it's actually very video game-ish. Even though it's based on a graphic novel, the execution of that graphic novel was more to video games and so you could say 300 is the first video game movie translation even though it's not really based on a video game."

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Landau: 300 Succeeded Because It Was 'Video Game-ish'

me and my friends neither went to see it because it's "video game-ish" but you could also say it's more of a sub-conscious thing.i went to see it because it full of adrenaline amd actoin packed... kind of like a video game. but pretty much like a 80's action movie when i was a kid as well.oh and i didn't really give a crap about the historic background. they basically had me reeled in after i heard it's based off of another frank miller novel.

Landau: 300 Succeeded Because It Was 'Video Game-ish'

The Sony guy's words are pure opinion. He sure didn't describe me when he mentioned the type of people who went to see that movie.I have read Herodotus and I did go to see the movie to see how closely it related to the actual events. It was an O.K. movie, with awful dialog and unrealistic environment.I found myself wishing to see a film that portrayed the actual Battle of Thermopylae in realistic fashion. I must be the only person who felt that way according to that Sony guy.I personally avoid any film based on a video game. I know the quality of the script will be no-where near the quality of something like What Women Want.In my opinion, this Sony guy's opinion is just a lot of hot air.

Landau: 300 Succeeded Because It Was 'Video Game-ish'

"I found myself wishing to see a film that portrayed the actual Battle of Thermopylae in realistic fashion."you must be stupid if you really thought that. and i don't even WANT to sound offending and insulting towards you but you must be really, really stupid if you honestly thought that something like that was going to happen. even assuming that it could be possible is just a step from borderline mental retardation.torn off limbs and perfectly chiseled men shouting out catchphrases are our new environments and dialogues.this is cinema.

Landau: 300 Succeeded Because It Was 'Video Game-ish'

"torn off limbs and perfectly chiseled men shouting out catchphrases are our new environments and dialogues.this is cinema."You must be an imbecile if you think cinema is just for crummy, stylized, revisionist re-tellings of more heroic times. It's obvious to me you're the type of people that Sony guy was aiming for.Learn how to spell: It's "dialogs", not "dialogues". Better stop watching brain-rotting trash and get an education, retard. Of course you realize, I'm trying not to sound offensive here.

Landau: 300 Succeeded Because It Was 'Video Game-ish'

"Learn how to spell: It's "dialogs", not "dialogues". Better stop watching brain-rotting trash and get an education, retard. Of course you realize, I'm trying not to sound offensive here."They are two forms of spelling. Do your research before you bash.And in regards with Sony, I watched the movie because I saw the trailers. It wasn't because it was a video game experience, but more mass media telling people what to watch.I must've seen a hundred 300 trailers before finally seeing it.

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