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Spielberg: Games and films will converge

"When it happens it will be dynamite."

ET's dad Steven Spielberg has acknowledged that games and film have not got on very well together so far, but reckons it will happen one day.

"So far, there hasn't been a major success in the videogame industry based on a motion picture, nor has there been a very successful motion picture based on a videogame," Spielberg told Reuters.

"There's not been convergence, thus far. There will be. When it happens it will be dynamite."

Spielberg's words will no doubt be encouraging for his friends at Electronic Arts, where he has been advising on the production of Boom Blox and its sequel Bash Party, due out on 29th May. EA sometimes makes games about films as far as we remember.

Speaking of the silver screen, Spielberg also told Reuters about his experiences making Boom Blox.

"The technology involved at every level to create a videogame is only similar to the technology involved that created the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park," he said. "There is no production, like I'm very accustomed to. There's no hiring of actors or building sets...the minutia of technology takes over."

He also said that selling Dreamworks Interactive to EA was "the smartest and dumbest thing I ever did", pointing out that if he hadn't, the success of Medal of Honor would have minted the company for a future that might have been very different.

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