Sunday, 12 August 2012
Damn you I am capable of remembering stuff
I am watching, or at least trying to watch, The Hunger Games, when it did something that really annoyed me. It flashbacked to something that happened all of 20 minutes ago. Yes that’s right, it showed footage that I had already seen in the same film. Hunger Games is far from the only film to do this, hell some very respected films have flashbacks to earlier scenes in them. They have always annoyed me. It is essentially the film saying, here look let remind you of what happened earlier, because you probably forgot. Essentially it it the film, and I suppose in turn Hollywood, calling you an idiot.
Then it occurred to me that i have never seen a flashback in a game. I have just checked and The Hunger Games runs for a little over 2 hours. I put 100 plus hours into Skyrim and not once did I have a little scene pop it, to remind me that I need to deal with the dragon issue. Even more linear games don’t do it, in fact the closest I can think is Alan Wake, which has a “previously on Alan Wake” recap at the beginning of each chapter, and even that is more to fit a theme.
I can only presume then that the makers of films, particularly mainstream films, assume that their audience are morons. And while companies like EA and Activision get a lot of shit for treating its audience like idiots, perhaps they are actually giving gamer more credit than a lot of filmmakers do. Hell both Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3 single players (both clocking in at about 3 times the length of a feature film), at least they didn’t constantly flashback to earlier parts of the game (yes I know BF3 is mostly a flashback but you know what I mean).
I just thought it was interesting that all that games industry seems to have more respect for its audience’s intelligence than even a proportion of the film industry.