Not that I'm interested in asking anything about a game right now, but I recently heard that a video game became eligible to receive an Oscar. It just made me wonder if this community would eventually open up to receive questions about games that almost work as a movie. In fact there are a few games that feel more like a movie with multiple endings than a game. The first one that comes to my mind is Heavy Rain.

Yes, I know that there is a Stack Exchange site dedicated to games and all. I'm just curious if a question that would involve cinematographic doubts about such a game would be well received. Again, I have no question in mind right now, its just a curiosity.

Just bear in mind that games have many processes in common with movies and there are things called Interactive Movies, which are very much similar with these new Movie Genre Games. So I would think that direction or character development questions would be accepted. So, what do you think?

This is the trailer:

In a formal statement, the jury stated that the Everything short goes beyond entertainment and has "a strong poetic and philosophical theme.

"It serves a highly educational purpose, including an important political statement, that encourages [us] to let our egos dissolve and gain a new perspective on the world."

-From IGN

  • The article you pointed to says that it was a video game trailer that was nominated, not the video game itself. Aug 14, 2017 at 22:39
  • @Thunderforge Yes. It was already discussed in Paulie_D's answer. But my question was about a little more than that.
    – LeonX
    Aug 15, 2017 at 12:29

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I would say...


It's not a Movie or a TV show.

It may have cinema quality footage or cut scenes but that doesn't bring it on-topic.

That said...this is related to a trailer

11-minute trailer for simulator Everything had qualified in the category for best animated short film.

(from your link)

So the trailer would be on topic...but not the game itself.

Does that make sense?

  • Yes it makes. Its just a curiosity because I do think that some games will be in the future very similar to movies and might really be in the Oscars. Heavy Rain, as I mentioned its really much more of a movie than a game, you do very little compared to what you watch. But alright, I do understand, I just wanted to know how flexible the community is.
    – LeonX
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:11
  • This just my opinion...other may differ and they are free to give their reasons accordingly.
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:12
  • I will go with No too.
    – Ankit Sharma Mod
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:19
  • Just a question: Would the trailer still be on topic if it wasn't eligible to the Oscars?
    – LeonX
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:24
  • @LeonFreire trailer's are typically off-topic for the site because they usually only contain partial information and we'd rather wait for the movie/show to come out as a lot of questions will be answered then. I haven't seen this particular trailer though to give a full response on whether this one in particular could be on-topic.
    – DForck42
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:26
  • @DForck42 Hmmm... Ok. I just wanted to understand where is the line because a lot of game trailers that are not a gameplay trailer are just stunning cinematics. Are questions about them on-topic? Lets say, if I had a question about this Star Wars: Old Republic trailer (Again, I don't have), would it be on-topic? It has little to no difference between a game trailer and a trailer for a Star Wars animation, and it does contain a lot of information.
    – LeonX
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:33
  • If it's publicly available such as on YouTube then I don't see why not. It's not the Oscar here that is important as much as the type of presentation. Web series and short films are on-topic.
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:38
  • @Paulie_D Ok. So basically, in your opinion, if the user/viewer has any control and is not a cinematic, its a no-go?
    – LeonX
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:44
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    No. It's not about control. In game footage or effects would be off-topic. This is basically a high quality advert and those are on-topic provided were not being asked to ID them.
    – Paulie_D
    Aug 4, 2017 at 14:46

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