2K Games boss Christoph Hartmann has told GamesIndustry International that he believes video games must achieve photorealistic graphics in order to open up new genres. At the moment, he says, developers return to the action and shooter genre as a safe bet because portraying emotion is difficult.
“Recreating a Mission Impossible experience in gaming is easy; recreating emotions in Brokeback Mountain is going to be tough, or at least very sensitive in this country… it will be very hard to create very deep emotions like sadness or love, things that drive the movies. Until games are photorealistic, it’ll be very hard to open up to new genres. We can really only focus on action and shooter titles; those are suitable for consoles now.”
Source: GamesIndustry International