Portal from Games to Film

April 2nd, 2012   •   1 comment   

It’s often said that those who can’t do, teach and those who can’t teach play video games.
Well here’s an example of how one unique game mechanic can spin into a potential major motion picture in Hollywood.
Game mechanic refers to a feature of video game play that allows the gamer to effect the virtual world they’re playing in.
An example might be, whenever you press the red button on your game controller, your dragon breathes fire.
This game is named Portal and the studio who made it is named Valve. Take a look at their pre-order trailer…

OK, now that you understand the potential of “portals”, let’s look at the spin Valve Studios and director, Dan Trachtenberg took for their intellectual property.

Can you say Linda Hamilton?
What strikes me is that this game mechanic is a simple one and the live action short mainly takes place with one actor in a single room.
So if you’re the type who “does”, teaches or plays video games, here is another quote…
KISS – Keep It Simple Stupid

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