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Joseph Gordon-Levitt says video games are the future of storytelling, not movies

In a welcome turn of events, Hollywood star Joseph Gordon-Levitt has announced that it is in fact video games that are the future of storytelling, rather than movies.

The 500 Days of Summer actor made the proclamation during his appearance on the ever-popular YouTube series, Hot Ones, where famous faces are invited to eat progressively hotter wings while partaking in wide-ranging interviews. It’s a great watch, honestly.

“The future of storytelling, it’s going to be video games,” he said. “I don’t think it’s going to be filmmakers who figure out how to do that. But feels like kind of the most groundbreaking storytelling. Storytelling that’s completely in a whole different realm than anything we’ve seen before, I don’t think it’s going to necessarily be the feature film form.” he said.

You can watch the full episode now on YouTube, or skip the the 13 minute mark to hear Gordon-Levitt’s comments on storytelling in games.

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While Gordon-Levitt is of course best known for his work in the film industry, he’s no stranger to games. He’s the founder of HitRECord, which is an open online community for creative collaboration.

He even leant his voice to a couple of releases, 2002’s Treasure Planet: Battle at Procyon and 2009’s G.I.: Rise of Cobra.

Despite that vested interest, it’s still nice to see such a huge figure in the film industry bigging up the power of stories in gaming.

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