Is Max Payne A New Kind Of Video Game?

from the genre-bending.. dept

I’ve been reading a lot of reviews of the new incredibly hyped first-person-shooter game Max Payne, and it certainly looks pretty cool (though, I pretty much gave up first person shooters sometime after Castle Wolfenstein). This Salon article, however, looks more at how Max Payne is a very different kind of video game in a lot of ways. It almost suggests that this is a first person shooter with a conscience. It has a story (slightly beyond “kill anything that moves”) with a plot and seems to be almost like a film noir version of a video game. People have written articles about this before, but perhaps video games can really start being considered an “art” like movies. People have made that claim before, but for the most part, no one really believes it yet.

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Duffman says:

Re: Re: I agree with the article

Being somewhat of a gamer, I do agree with the article – the game is something different. I do like playing the shoot everything up game once in a while, but I think there are sooo many of those people are tired and are looking for more. More like Max Payne and the like. I think mroe innovative games like these will start showing themselves more – with the success of this game (though GodGames no longer exists), new designers might find the confidence to release an off-the-beaten-path game instead of another shooter.

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