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Video games represent "a bridge to the future of genre narrative" and Hollywood underestimates them at its peril, so says acclaimed film director and soon-to-be video game producer Guillermo del Toro.

Speaking in a podcast Q&A with BioShock creator Ken Levine on the Irrational Games site, the Hellboy/Pan's Labyrinth director explained that, when it comes to storytelling, video games have huge untapped potential.

"Video games are no doubt the bridge to the future of genre narrative," he insisted.

"You're not going to see the narratives of, let's say, a [Pedro] Almodovar or an indie film maker wane - they're going to stay - but big, genre, artistically-challenging, brilliantly-done storytelling - holy s***, there's a lot you can do in games that you'd never even dream of doing in movies, or TV, or comics."

He went on to argue that the industry still has to refine its art, but we should see some remarkable titles within 10 years or so.

"Films are fantastic. They are one of the peaks of human narrative. Now, and I'm sorry to break the news to the movie industry, but so is the video game," he said.

"The video game - not all of them right now - but the video games we'll be playing in 2020 will be fucking masterpieces. Many masterpieces."

Funny, I'm working on del Toro's first game. :) He's a very nice guy.

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