Can Auteur Theory be Applied to Video Games? | Video Essay

Can Auteur Theory be Applied to Video Games? | Video Essay

The concept of the ‘auteur’ is a well known theory in film studies, dating back to the French New Wave Era of the 1950s. But can it be applied to current day video game development?


Music is from The Last of Us and God of War OSTs.
All rights go to Naughty Dog, Sony Santa Monica, Gustavo Santaolalla and Bear McCreary for their respective tracks.

All images & film clips are used under fair use for commentary/criticism purposes.

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  1. The Febo on January 3, 2022 at 1:53 pm

    Cory Barlog is a producer. The God of War story is personal? It’s generic and only cut scenes

  2. Coney Island on January 3, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    Very well made and well researched essay man, really enjoyed this. If you improve the flow of your scripts just a tad and make them slightly less formal and a little bit more personal, I reckon you’ll be able to make some truly great stuff.

  3. alfZbarkada on January 3, 2022 at 2:12 pm

    Great video. More brilliant minds = more amazing gaming experiences

  4. Wade Lewis on January 3, 2022 at 2:17 pm

    I’d say David Cage is an auteur. Right?

  5. Wade Lewis on January 3, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    This video deserves more views.

  6. David Sjöwding - CuriousDave on January 3, 2022 at 2:43 pm

    Been thinking alot about the relevancy of auteur theory in the video game industry and I think there’s alot to discuss. Might share my thoughts in a video of my own some day. A very well made essay, my friend!

  7. fleshmonk on January 3, 2022 at 2:46 pm

    Well structured and well argued! Nice job

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