Today’s news roundup sees everything become clear for Bobby Kotick regarding Activision’s failure to wow the critics with numerous Spider-Man games. Director Peter Jackson talks about his obsession with videogames and why he is currently enjoying them even more than films. Lastly, Warcraft the movie remains grounded while producers wait for director Sam Raimi to get his act together.
Activision boss slams recent Spider-Man games
Although a few people found them fun and they had some good moments, Spider Man video games have never really done much to ender themselves to the reviewers. In fact, with scores that peeked at around 6/10, every Spider Man game released within the last five years has bombed. Now, in a statement which is sure to raise the spirits of those demoralized Treyarch developers, their boss, Activision CEO Bobby Kotick explained in an interview with Game Informer precisely why every attempt made by the company to create a Spider Man game ‘sucked.’
‘They are bad games. They were poorly rated because they were bad games. We went away from what is Spider-Man. It's about web-slinging. If you don't do web-slinging, what is the fantasy of Spider-Man?’ Kotick was specifically referring to Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, Ultimate Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and Spider Man 3, all of which received a damning reception upon their release. [Videogamer]
Peter Jackson enjoying Mod War 2
Heavy weight film director Peter Jackson, best known for Lord of The Rings just incase you were wondering, has said during an interview with Antitcoolnews that he’s currently enjoying playing video games more than watching films. ‘I am almost through two player co-op, though I haven't quite reached the last level,’ Jackson said, referring to Modern Warfare 2. ‘It's a great game. I'm enjoying these games more than I am enjoying films at the moment. They are using a lot of the film techniques now, especially the cinematic areas or those little movie things,"
Jackson went on, ‘They are starting to really blend them in and you get the feeling that you are watching substantial bits of prerecorded animation which is still great, though, because they are dynamic and done well. They didn’t used to be done very well in the old days, but there are people that actually know what they are doing.’ Jackson is of course correct when he talks about video games looking more like films. It’s just a shame that with Hollywood’s current obsession with CGI, films are starting to look more and more like videogames. [Eurogamer]
Warcraft movie still at script stage
Speaking of films and videogames however, executive producer Robert Tapert has told iF Magazine that the Warcraft movie is currently still ‘in the outline/story/script phase’. Talpert went on to say that he although he couldn't confirm how soon the project would progress, Evil Dead director Sam Raimi is definitely onboard, although Raimi may want to do something else first.
It's in development... I don't want to speak on Sam's behalf, because the Spider-Man thing happened so recently’ Tapert said, referring to Raimi’s decision to step down as the director of Spider Man 4. ‘I think he's getting his feet under him and trying to decide. He might want to do a teeny, tiny small film, but I don't know what he wants to do. I know he had a great time doing Drag Me To Hell.’ [GamerBlips]