Enslaved Writer is Totally a Gamer, Used To Hate the PS3
Fun fact: despite being primarily a writer of things that aren’t games, Alex Garland is actually a gamer. As a writer, he could fo’ sho’ see the potential in gaming as a storytelling medium, and he wanted in on that. “I just see games as being like cinema was in the ’20s and ’30s,” he told Edge. “It’s moving at a more accelerated pace than cinema but it’s got unbelievable potential. And I wanted to be at the coalface at some point, trying to figure out that potential.” And then bro wrote Enslaved, and he did a hell of a great job on it.
On to the flame-bait. Mssr. Garland has long had both an Xbox 360 and a PS3. (He’s rich, so maybe he was like, “Why not?”) But he hadn’t played Heavenly Sword when he started doing his thing with Ninja Theory.
I had not played Heavenly Sword at the moment I met Tameem [Antoniades], then I went and bought it. The reason I hadn’t played it is because I’d bought a PlayStation 3 along with an Xbox 360, and by the time I met Tameem I’d already stopped playing on the PlayStation 3 because I was so f**king sick of it. There weren’t any original games that really blew me away. I was really into Xbox Live; I was much more into playing Call Of Duty 4 on Xbox Live. So Xbox really had its claws into me, and I just never bought Heavenly Sword.
Well, hopefully he’s since stopped dedicating all his time to the inferior console.* The rest of Garland’s interview with Edge is quite interesting and great reading, so I’d suggest heading over and taking a look at what else they’ve got.