Should game cinematics be the new type of motion picture?

Ever since I saw the horned reaper battling a mage in the intro cinematic of Dungeon Keeper 2, I’ve been amazed by the possibilities of in-game cinematics. Full motion videos (FMV), as seen in the ever popular Command and Conquer series, were the early predecessors of cinematics and were famously plagued by hammy acting and nonsensical storylines.

Blizzard, whom many consider to be the pioneers of cinematics, went one step further in their Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft series. The level of detail in the animation far surpassed any other game cinematics, and they became integral to the storytelling of the games. Numerous people played these games purely to see what the next cinematic would be and raved about them more than the actual game.

The possibilities with cinematics are endless, as demonstrated by animated movies such as Toy Story, Shrek, etc. I see now reason why a company such as Blizzard and other top game companies such Bioware and Ubisoft could not develop a full length animated motion picture.

Here is the latest example of Blizzard’s mastery of cinematics with the recently released intro cinematic to their latest installment of World of Warcraft – Cataclysm.

If you are interested in seeing several other amazing and cutting edge cinematics in today’s gaming industry, here are some more links for you:
Dragon Age 2
Deus Ex 3 – Human Evolution
Hellgate London
Dungeon Keeper 2

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