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MTV News producer Tera Heater recently talked to horror icon Clive Barker about some upcoming film projects. I asked her to throw a few video game questions in for Multiplayer about the specific reactions to his game last year, ' Clive Barker's Jericho .'
She came back with some news about a 'Jericho' movie and some frank answers from Barker about his game's quality as well as the ambition of some developers...
'Though I respect hugely the effort and the care and the beauty of games, I want to be working with people who want to create the 'War & Peace' of games, the 'Citizen Kane' of games, and not just be warming up George Romero.'
MTV News: Last year you put out a horror video game called 'Clive Barker's Jericho.' Reviewers were mixed about it, loving the atmosphere and world you created but critical of some of the gameplay. What did you think of the game? And how has it affected your ambitions to make games in the future?
I believe people when they say the gameplay isn't what it should be. ... I will try to get it better next time.
Clive Barker : I'm not the expert on the great gameplay. I come in for the character design, monsters, atmosphere. I'm not the technician. I can't do that, and so I sort of have to hand that over to other people in a way, and so you do what you do. I was very proud of the game. I think it looks amazing. And it plays [well], in terms of getting around the world. It's pretty awesome.
But I believe people when they say the gameplay isn't what it should be, and I'm perfectly sure if they're saying that, there is probably some truth in that. To the extent that I can, I will try to get it better next time. But in the end that's not my area of expertise.
MTV News: Horror continues to be an extremely popular genre in video games. Do you draw any inspiration or see anything truly special in the horror of a game series like 'Resident Evil,' 'Silent Hill' or even EA's upcoming outer-space horror game 'Dead Space'?
Barker : I tend to think it goes in the opposite direction, Tera. There's a lot of art and comics and movies being paid homage to by game designers. I think it's time -- and this is why I'm interested in games -- I think games are potentially an incredibly interesting art form and I want to be a part of creating those worlds. But I want them to be as original. I don't want them to be zombie movies warmed up. George Romero has done that. He's made the definitive movies, now why make games of them?
My thing with Jericho was: Let's make something new. It isn't impossible. You know, people say everything has been done. No. You know, 20 years ago, when Pinhead walked onto the screen nobody had seen anything else like it before, and I feel when you talk about ' Resident Evil ' and ' Silent Hill ' you're talking essentially [a metamorphosis] of zombie movies. They have limited appeal for me. Though I respect hugely the effort and the care and the beauty of games, I want to be working with people who want to create the 'War & Peace' of games, the 'Citizen Kane' of games, and not just be warming up George Romero.'
While talking to Tera about games, Barker shared the news that his game 'Clive Barker's Jericho' is being made into a movie, to be directed by Ryuhei Kitamura , the director behind ' Midnight Meat Train ,' a film adaptation of a Barker short story.
Check with our friends at the MTV Movies blog soon for more on 'Midnight Meat Train.'