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yes, they are worth discussing.


Dec 14 2013, 11:38pm

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yes, they are worth discussing. [In reply to] Can't Post

There are academics dedicated to the issue of cultural hegemony, and the discourses surrounding popular culture.

Did you know that grand Theft Auto 5 made 1 billion US dollars in sales in the first 3 days, puts the world of film into perspective doesn't it? Interestingly enough, don't those kind of figures make you question the underlying motives of those in the Film industry, professional critics to directors through to the bean counters of Hollywood, when they dismiss the creative and artistic merits of video games?

The cultural snobbery surrounding video games as artless, mindless juvenile forms is now unfounded and without any merit what so ever. how come If you play video games for 6 hours on a saturday night, you are a minless anti-social moron and yet, gorge on a box set of DVDs like Game of Thrones for the same period and it's socially acceptable because you are confirming the preferences of the critical elite. Yet most gaming is done on-line now, it isn't anti-social and it isn't passive unlike, sitting in a room silently staring passively at moving images on your TV.

Tolkien film adaptations suffer particularly from this fate because many critics, pundits and anonymous internet commentators fail to grasp that by inventing what we now call the Fantasy genre, all things fantasy are heavily influenced by Tolkien and not as some have mistakenly commented on, the other way round. Tolkien doesn't look like video games (of the fantasy genre), video games look like Tolkien. Did you know that the people behind Warcraft, the original real time strategy game not, the MMO, were computer geeks, who came together because of their Tolkien obsession, almost a decade before the LOTR trilogy came out?

The other issue with generic 'OH noes CGI' criticism in film is that it complete fails to acknowledge that most films use sets, fakes, pretenders, made up backdrops, CGI is just another way of creating the illusion that what you are seeing on film is something that isn't a film studio or a backlot.

Oh BTW: I am a 46 year old woman, who apart from playing warcraft doesn't indulge in video games much, but I will defend it as a medium from the scorn poured down on it by others.

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Movies, TV and CGI IdrilofGondolin Send a private message to IdrilofGondolin Dec 11 2013, 2:35pm
    I can see the similarities Rembrethil Send a private message to Rembrethil Dec 11 2013, 3:17pm
    The short answer from an easy-going viewer Avandel Send a private message to Avandel Dec 11 2013, 4:40pm
    yes, they are worth discussing. glor Send a private message to glor Dec 14 2013, 11:38pm


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