Kong: Skull Island was released earlier this year and has been praised by critics for bringing a great new Kong film to a new generation of movie goers. Skull Island’s director, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, is also a big gamer and had some strong words to say to those who don’t believe video games are capable of being art.
Whilst speaking in an interview with Glixel, Jordan Vogt-Roberts discussed his love of video games and how he believes their style even bleeds into his films. The director said:
“I just want to see things that do something new. It’s really hard for me to just pick up a Call of Duty or something like that and just play it. I love Arkham Asylum, but it’s hard for me to pick up a sequel to something unless I feel like it’s really doing something new. Granted, I will always pick up a new Zelda and a new Metroid. I haven’t played Breath of the Wild yet because I am still getting my bearings and I need to get a Switch, but there are certain things that are so seminal in my life, and a lot of that old Nintendo stuff falls in that category – Zelda and Metroid in particular. I will always pick those up, but it’s hard for me to really give that much time to something if I don’t feel like it’s evolving the art form in some way.”
He then went on to mention titles that he believes push the medium forward and then had some strong words for those who think video games can’t be an art form like books, music, or film.
“From Ico to Shadow of the Colossus to The Last Guardian, the fact that games like that are able to be event games now, it’s amazing to me. I hope those games are able to make a profit and I’d like to think that those companies see the value in flagship entertainment that is pushing their art form forward, but for every success story, you hear a bunch of horror stories about an indie company that got shuttered before their game was released. The fact that it’s even a question anymore, when people even raise the idea of whether games are art, I just want to look at them and be like, “Fuck you. Fuck yourself for even questioning.”
Jordan Vogt-Roberts has been attached to a film adaptation of the Metal Gear Solid series and was recently hanging out with game creator Hideo Kojima. It’s early days but we hope the film comes out sooner rather than later.