Games threaten “Hollywood hegemony,” says Houser

By Patrick Garratt, Saturday, 24 May 2008 20:34 GMT


Speaking in the June issue of Playboy, Rockstar boss Dan Houser’s said that the film industry doesn’t wholly support gaming because it’s a threat to its audience.

“It’s about economics,” he said. “We take market share and audience from other media – videogame makers are challenging the Hollywood hegemony – so they’re going to fight us. But I’m not going to fight them. I believe your Constitution protects us.”

Houser continued, saying games eat into movie entertainment market share because they essentially offer the same experience.

“These are works of fiction,” he said. “Playing a game that features violence is no different from choosing to see a violent movie. We’re not trying to create a ‘here’s real life’ sensation in a video game; it’s “you’re the star of a movie. We want to re-create the sensations you have watching movies. We’re putting those in a video game.”

Thanks, Kotaku.

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