Anime VS Game Scenes – A More In-Depth Look At The “Fictional Reality”
It is not too exaggerating to say that as of now, most games nowadays had been focusing more and more on game cutscenes, which makes use of vastly improved graphics, especially when compared to the time when 3D was still in “developing stages”.
As graphics had improved so much over the years, game characters had became so real, so realistic that they look almost as if they are real humans. A friend of mine even thought it’s someone cosplaying as Cloud when he watched a trailer of Advent Children (I know right?), when in reality, it’s all CG. Graphics had improved so much the boundary between “real” and “fake” is beginning to blur.
In this post here, I mentioned that anime emotions, even though fake, at the same time, looks more real, genuine and powerful than any other emotions portrayed in other mediums like real life movies or games. It is impossible to smile like this in real life, and can you even cry just as expressively like this? I don’t think so. I believe these two points make scenes from both anime and game looks so different, even though they are both fundamentally fiction.
Games nowadays are indeed becoming more realistic, literally, and obviously, characters look almost as if they are real humans. Ultimately though, does this improves realism? Hard to say. As mentioned in my previous post, it’s almost impossible for real humans to imitate the genuineness of the emotions of anime characters, so this easily applies to game characters who resemble real humans themselves. Because of this, sometimes, the game scenes I watched tend to lack emotions. Most of the characters are stoic and even if they want to express, they can’t really go over-the-top as it will just look plain awkward and silly.
On top here is one of the scenes in Resonance of Fate. You can go here for the Japanese voices (just play both videos and mute the English version I guess, that will be almost equivalent to Jap voices w/subs). What do you think about it? Is it better for these scenes to be in anime instead? While I think it’s actually funny, which is rare considering the mountains of awkward jokes and humors present in JRPGs, I can’t help but feel that it still ultimately looks weird seeing these kinds of scenes in 3D games.
In the end, I still have quite the contradicting view here. To me, both of these are just as “real” and “fake” at the same time. Which do you think can portray emotions much more better then the other? Or are you similarly at a stalemate just like me?