Earlier in the week, Gabe Newell and JJ Abrams gave the opening keynote at the 2013 DICE Summit. Newell spoke about seeing if Abrams could make a Half-Life or Portal movie, but it turns out through this new partnership with Valve, Abrams is actually looking to make games and not movies. Abrams spoke to Gamasutra and stated that he was aware of the large gap between games and movies, and doesn't want to waste the potential of the medium. Here's some snippets from the interview:
One of the things that’s really appealing about working with Valve is that they’ve got great taste, and that we will have the ability to work with people and not impose what we do on them.
We’re not looking to make movies in the game space. We’re looking to make great games that take the strengths of what we know – characters, world-building, creating a sense of emotional connection – and trying ways to try to exploit that in the gaming space, which is a very different animal than movies and TV.
Abrams said that he’s seen plenty of movies that don’t quite make it because they ought to have been developed as TV shows, and vice versa, and that’s the kind of situation he wants to avoid. What do you think of this new partnership and the way it's looking so far? Sound off in the comments!