http://www.usatoday.com/tech/gaming/sto ... 51851164/1
Bullshit unreadable article, but there's a money-quote at the end:
Like the Uncharted games, The Last of Us has a third-person perspective, in which you see the character on-screen, but it has a more realistic, cinematic look. "We're trying to move the medium of video games into an area elevated in the same manner of respect of film," Balestra says. "We want to redefine what our medium is even called. 'Video game' is not an accurate name anymore. It is not necessarily a game with rules and a winner and a loser. It's an experience."
I.e. not a game but a simulation, what I call "The Cinematic Videogame". But anyway, the dude's claims are highly dubious: these people can't even fucking DRAW a DECENT CHARACTER -- the idea that it is precisely THEY who will move this genre forward (a genre that already has such amazing titles in its ranks as Planescape: Torment, Shenmue, Eternal Darkness, and many others -- titles which these dudes are obviously treating as non-existent, in order to put themselves forward as some kind of ORIGINATORS of the genre) is ludicrous. The characters in this game are even uglier than those in Uncharted, how could they possibly manage to draw anyone but a subhuman with the aesthetic sense of a BAT into their world? I mean look at this shit:
How could anyone possibly want to be that dude? I'd rather play the little girl instead, and even she is not that cute.
Western devs should stick to first-person perspective, where at least you can't see the ugly mug they have designed for you. And it's more immersive anyway, which many of the "experience" evangelists seem hilariously incapable of grasping.