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Love the "battle for the creator" bit (great sound bite, by the way): Narrative video games aren't going to replace television and movies any more than television and movies replaced books, but as technology continues to advance, and games become even more cinematic and interactive, the battle won't be only for the consumer; it will also be for the creator. People who went to school 20 years ago to learn how to make movies are now going to school to learn how to use the same narrative storytelling techniques to make video games. I fought that internal battle 20 years ago, programming Prince of Persia on the Apple II while dreaming of going to film school to learn how to make movies. (I did apply, but film school turned me down.)
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