Video games are ‘the future of storytelling’, not movies, says Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt believes video games are the future of storytelling, not movies. Gordon-Levitt was recently interviewed while eating extremely spicy wings in First We Feast’s YouTube Hot Ones interview series . The 25-minute interview touched on a number of topics but stayed close to what Gordon-Levitt is best known for: entertainment. Asked by Hot Ones host Sean Evans about media storytelling, the actor said he sees video games as the future, as GameSpot spotted.“The future of storytelling will be video games,” said Gordon-Levitt. “I don’t think it’s going to be the filmmakers who figure out how to do that. But (video games) sounds like the most revolutionary storytelling. The actor went on to say that the storytelling that goes on in video games is “in a whole different realm than anything we’ve seen before.” It’s what video games do differently in storytelling that makes Gordon-Levitt believe that the future of storytelling isn’t needed in the form of a “feature film.”Although Gordon-Levitt is best known for his work in the film industry, he is no stranger to games. He is the founder of HitRECord, which is an open online community for creative collaboration, and it is this company that Gordon-Levitt has found himself associated with in games like Beyond Good and Evil 2. He has, however, been criticized by game developers for using ‘working spec’ in HitRECord’s partnership with BG & E2 in 2018.
HitRECord made another deal with Ubisoft to create music for Watch Dogs: Legion, which has been the subject of similar criticism. The actor has even lent his voice to a few video games before, namely Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon in 2002 and GI: Rise of Cobra in 2009.
Wesley LeBlanc is a freelance news writer and guide maker for IGN who wishes Gordon-Levitt could portray Batman after the events of The Dark Knight Rises. You can follow him on Twitter @LeBlancWes.

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