The Last Of Us Is Gaming’s Greatest Story, HBO Showrunner Craig Mazin says

In a recent interview, The Last of Us host Craig Mazin expressed his enthusiasm for the show’s source material and speculated on why the classic game surpassed the common limitations of other video games.

In an interview with Empire, Mazin said, “It’s an open and closed case: This is the best story ever told in a video game.” He went on to explain how the game’s emphasis on grounded character development and human stories has elevated it above other video games. According to Mazin, The Last of Us sings because “they’re just human. And that, in itself, is very rare in the game.” He also alluded to changing some elements to better suit the television medium, with the collaboration of screenwriter and game director Neil Druckmann. He said, “Neil and I always knew how to ask the question, ‘Why do we only do what’s in the game? What can we do to expand?'” Chris Mazin was previously best known for creating and presenting the critically acclaimed series Chernobyl.

Now there are many games that can take their place in the best video game story. One might suggest that there is a rich and overlooked history of interactive fiction, a legacy that continues to this day in games like Kentucky Route Zero or Disco Elysium. One might suggest that games like Dwarf Fortress can be quite entertaining storytelling tools that move away from traditional models. One might even point to classics like Final Fantasy X or Silent Hill 2, which hide human stories and characters beneath the genre fare. Still, it’s hard to argue that any of those films would be a better fit for prestige TV than The Last of Us.

The Last of Us premieres on HBO on January 15. The film stars Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsay. At The Game Awards, it was announced that the recent remake of the first game, The Last of Us: Part 1, will feature a PC launches in September.

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