Guillermo Del Toro says games are art and he’s making some

Guillermo Del Toro, director of such popular and conspicuously arty movies as Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy II: The Golden Army, has weighed in on the debate that will never, ever be settled to everyone's satisfaction, proclaiming that of freaking course games are art and anybody who thinks otherwise is a freaking moron. More or less.

In a Q&A with a Portland audience, Del Toro, who recently relinquished directing duties on the perpetually-stalled Lord of the Rings prequels in order to focus on developing “the Citizen Kane of videogames,” compared the current (dis)regard for gaming as an art form to the way previous generations viewed comic books: “It's a medium that gains no respect among the intelligentsia... and most people that complain about video games have never f***ing played them." Gaming naysayers, he added, are “a little out of touch, because [games] are an art form."

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Citing the usual suspects – Ico, Colossus, BioShock – as examples of games' artistic potential, Del Toro courted an unfavorable GamesRadar review for his current project, a “big, revolutionary” title influenced by HP Lovecraft, by neglecting to explicitly add, “Also, Okami was the bomb, yo.”

However, being seasoned professionals, we'll disregard the oversight and suggest that Del Toro's statements suggest the well-informed perspective of someone whose games ought to be worth a look.

Oct 6, 2010

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  • JayBeat - October 7, 2010 9:05 a.m.

    @shyfonzie You are my favourite.
  • shyfonzie - October 7, 2010 4:51 a.m.

    Guillermo Del Toro, come here and I will hug you and your fluffy beard.
  • JohnnyMaverik - October 7, 2010 3:11 a.m.

    Del Toro just earned his godship.
  • Arix - October 7, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    Personally, I think art is any cretion designed specifically to evoke some sort of emotion. And I don't know about you, but games have done that form me more than most films, books, what have you. So yes, of course games are art, regardless of what people who have never even played them like to tell themselves.
  • corndog501 - October 6, 2010 11:51 p.m.

    Thank you Mr. Del Toro. Now team up with Stan Lee and fight for video games and gamers everywhere against these nay-sayers who are morons!
  • Metroidhunter32 - October 6, 2010 11:43 p.m.

    Games are art. The end. How are violent movies art but not quiet calm games?
  • wilypenguin - October 6, 2010 11:18 p.m.

    hes the bomb. one of my favorite movie moments is in hellboy II when the green giant thing is pwned by hellboy and then all the plants and moss grow from its blood. that part blew me away completely
  • LastPariah - October 6, 2010 11 p.m.

    Everything turned out better than expected. I love the quote too, "Also, Okami was the bomb, yo.”
  • Clovin64 - October 6, 2010 10:58 p.m.

    "Okami was the bomb yo". I agree with this statement very much. Also I've only seen Hellboy and Blade II, and I thought they were both mediocre.
  • batmanboy11 - October 6, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    And that is why he is awesome.

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