Guillermo del Toro: Games are art, more info on THQ game coming in two weeks

Wednesday, 6th October 2010 08:50 GMT By Nathan Grayson


Ebert, here’s a fork and knife. Napkins are in the kitchen. Take as many as you’d like.

Now then, eat your words.

“Videogames are the comic books of our time. It’s a medium that gains no respect among the intellegensia. They say ‘oh, videogames.’ And most people that complain about videogames have never fucking played them,” filmmaker Guillermo del Toro said during a book reading in Portland, Oregon.

“They are an art form and anyone saying differently is a little out of touch because they are a narrative art form.”

He listed Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, Marathon, and Halo as particular favorites – going so far as to call Fumito Ueda’s legendary pair masterpieces.

The Hell Boy and Pan’s Labyrinth director also noted that he sees the official announcement of his partnership with THQ coming in about two weeks. The pairing, of course, is common knowledge, but THQ has yet to change its Facebook status to “in a relationship,” so to speak.

To which we reply: hurry up, THQ! Give this man whatever he wants. He says good things and we like him. Also, if his game’s half as creepy as The Orphanage, we won’t sleep for months. In a good way.

Thanks, Shacknews.



  1. Blerk

    I still have no idea who this ‘Ebert’ guy is. Is he related to Q*Bert?

    Guillermo del Toro is awesome, though – I really hope whatever it is he’s doing isn’t just some cheap cash-in. Something del Toro flavoured along the lines of Ico and SotC? Fucking yum!

    #1 4 years ago
  2. BraveArse

    My god The Orphanage was scary. He does seem to like putting his young protagonists in grave danger doesn’t he?

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Why do so many people care about this “Games are / aren’t art” topic? It’s just a label, and a rather irrelevant one at that.

    Or is it just another example of gaming desperately seeking acceptance as a respectable form of media?

    #3 4 years ago

    I love Guillermo del toro his movies are great especially Pan’s Labyrinth.
    Really looking forward for the announcement.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. freedoms_stain

    I think we can definitely look forward to som interesting environments and character design in anything GdT is involved in.

    I just hope the team he works with can do his vision justice.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. DaMan

    nice PR, it will surely help sell their games to all the lemmings out there.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. xino

    all these sad mother farkers still banging on about games being art.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. osric90

    Videogames are art and we don’t care about acceptation and shit, it’s just common sense and anyone who thinks they are not is either stupid or ignorant about videogames.

    #8 4 years ago

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