Dreamfall creator refutes Lucas’s “Titanic of games” comment

Monday, 24th June 2013 03:18 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Citing Journey and The Last of Us as examples, Ragnar Tørnquist, the creative behind Dreamfall Chapters: The Longest Journey and The Secret World, has challenged George Lucas’s recent assertion that gaming is yet to produce decent, empathetic storytelling because it’s all about sport.

Tørnquist tackled Lucas’s comments in a Rezzed panel on the subject of storytelling in games, as reported by Eurogamer.

“Games are where storytelling is being experimented on the most. Take Journey, one of the best games I’ve ever played – it tells an amazing story through pictures and sound that you just wouldn’t see in a TV show,” he said.

“It reminds me of a few weeks ago when George Lucas and Steven Spielberg were having a conversation about games. Lucas said that ‘the second you get the controller something turns off in the heart, and it becomes a sport’.

“It made me so angry because I’m currently playing The Last of Us. I’m not going to spoil anything – but the beginning of the game sets up this great emotional connection. The controller turns on and your heart does not turn off. You feel desperate.”

Visit Eurogamer for a more complete report and to watch the whole panel, which also featured DayZ developer Dean Hall, Obsidian Entertainment’s Chris Avellone, Splash Damage’s Ed Stern and Will Porter of Project Zomboid.



  1. actuallyisnotafox

    i feel the same, games with a high emphasis on storytelling are always the best. that with mgs4 and heavy rain, it becomes something that a tv show or any other source of entertainment cant do. that you really do it yourself, that you enjoy it, you have emotions based on it… its always good :)

    #1 2 years ago
  2. mrbungle

    But I thought The Last Of Us was the Citizen Kane of gaming, much better than Titanic :-)

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Winged Nazgul

    I’ll stack up any of Ragnar Tørnquist’s storytelling efforts against George Lucas’es.

    What the hell does George Lucas know about good storytelling?

    #3 2 years ago
  4. ps3fanboy

    when i turn on a George Lucas and Steven Spielberg movie these days, i feel the desperate need to turn it off right away.. their movies have become soulless cgi commercial with no content.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. The_Red

    I don’t think anyone needs to respond to Lucas. If anything, he is almost the proof for Cinema not being an art form in and out of himself.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. deathm00n

    Very few movies so far gave me the chills the ending of The Last of Us gave me…

    #6 2 years ago

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