L.A. Noire becomes the first game honored at the Tribeca Film Festival

Rockstar Games and Team Bondi are getting the red carpet treatment. Today, the duo announced that its upcoming 40s-era crime title, L.A Noire, has become the first videogame to be accepted as an Official Selection at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in New York. Cue the tiresome games as art debate in 3... 2...

L.A. Noire will receive its own live interactive screening on April 25th, wherein Rockstar will lead audiences through one of the game's cases. The event will close with a Q&A session with Rockstar reps moderated by Geoff Gilmore, Tribeca Enterprises' Chief Creative Officer.

"We're thrilled that L.A. Noire is being recognized by the Tribeca Film Festival in this way. It's a real honor, and another step forward for interactive entertainment," said Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser in today's announcement.

"What Rockstar and Team Bondi have accomplished with L.A. Noire is nothing less than groundbreaking, It's an invention of a new realm of storytelling that is part cinema, part gaming, and a whole new realm of narrative expression, interactivity, and immersion. We are poised on the edge of a new frontier," added Gilmore.

The Tribeca Film Festival started in 2002 as an initiative by Robert De Niro and his high-profile film buddies to celebrate New York's film history and to raise funds for the city's post-9/11 recovery. This year's festival runs April 20th to May 1st.

If you can't catch the L.A. Noire "screening," you could always wait a few weeks to play it yourself on May 17th in North America and May 20th in the UK.

Mar 29, 2011

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  • accidentprone88 - March 30, 2011 7:05 a.m.

    So yet another reason why L.A. Noire is shaping up to be everything that Heavy Rain wasn't. As someone who's more interested in a captivating story than the whole "are games becoming too much like movies?" debate, I think this is a step in the right direction.
  • Kapwan - March 29, 2011 9:46 p.m.

    Seeing this level of recognition being given to L.A. Noire is awesome. This is another step getting more acceptance for games as a storytelling medium.
  • smellslikefish - March 29, 2011 8:19 p.m.

    Now I am officially driving 40 minutes to see this. WOOT
  • TanookiMan - March 29, 2011 6:49 p.m.

    Yeah, it's cool to see a game getting widespread recognition, but I wouldn't expect to see another kind of media at a film festival, why should I expect videogames?
  • Scotty2Hotty - March 29, 2011 6:21 p.m.

    I'm not sure the Tribeca Film Festival is recognizing games as art as much as they are acknowledging games are becoming more like movies.
  • JADENkOTOR - March 29, 2011 5:53 p.m.

    This game should be amazing. Can't you get Cuevas into this thing... She's cute enough and we would really like a video @ sgloomy: Its Team Bondi not Rockstar
  • Redeater - March 29, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    Like the T'dar crew says. Ebert and others are a dying breed and once the torch has been passed to my generation games will be recognized as art. Until then who gives a flying fuck what they think? :) Though this is a great start.
  • TheDude97 - March 29, 2011 5:18 p.m.

    This is excellent news, and a huge step to how gaming is viewed. Wonder which route will be taken in the screening.
  • sgloomy - March 29, 2011 5:02 p.m.

    awesome. Rockstar really amazes me. last year they had Red Dead, this year L.A. Noire, maybe GTA V in 2012? I guess we'll see at E3
  • ThatFanInThePeacoat - March 29, 2011 4:45 p.m.

    It's about time that more people recognize games like this as art.

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