John Carpenter Not a Fan of Skyrim, Thinks Borderlands 2 is the Best

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John Carpenter Not a Fan of Skyrim, Thinks Borderlands 2 is the Best

Hollywood's legendary horror film director John Carpenter "loves" shooters, and thinks Borderlands 2 is the best game on earth.

While film director John Carpenter is more commonly known for helming movie classics such as Halloween, Escape from New York and The Thing, the legendary filmmaker has been outspoken regarding his love for the video game medium, too. Speaking to Esquire, Carpenter explains how he caught the "video game bug" from his son.

My son, growing up, got into video games and I got addicted along with him. He left and went off on his own and I kept playing. They're just so much fun. So I've kept abreast of everything over the years. I have four systems here in the house. The old Xbox and the new Xbox and the old PlayStation and the new one. So I play all the new games. I'm not a big fantasy gamer, like Skyrim kind of games where you have to buy stuff and talk to people. I don't know, I like to shoot things.

The interviewer then asks Carpenter if he's a "first-person shooter kind of guy," to which the 66-year old director replies with, "I love first-person shooters." When asked what his favorite FPS is, Carpenter mentions that it's "Borderlands 2," and how "There's no better game on the face of the earth." Certainly a bold claim but hey, a man's entitled to his own opinion.

Just last year, Carpenter named his top six video games of 2013, and yes, Borderlands 2 is in the list with other notable "core" games. What do you make of Carpenter's genre preference? Are you surprised he likes the first-person shooters more than horror games?

Source: Esquire

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John Carpenter, you're awesome.

That's probably the sentiment of a lot of older gamers. They don't have the time or energy to gather resources to build that one awesome sword and piece of armor and to do all that RPG stuff. Borderlands 2 is pretty much straightforward. Shoot stuff, get better equipment and shoot more stuff. And it is a really good game.
I just love the fact that he likes to play Assassin's Creed. Awesome guy.

Dear John Carpenter, start making video game music, please. The soundtrack was always a highlight of your movies.

lol. good to hear he is a shooter fan. the thing is though, i personally didnt like the first borderlands at all and therefor didnt get part 2. in fact, i dont touch any games when gearbox has its name on it.
and i dont care how many say its awesome. the same thing was said about part 1 and i didnt like it.

I'd almost agree...not sure Borderlands 2 is the best game on earth but its definitely up there as one of my favorites

I wonder what he think of Metal Gear Solid...

Well, makes sense. So many shooters, especially CoD, try to be blockbuster actions movies now and capture that cinematic feel. I'd rather crawl through a dungeon of pissed off skeletons than take another trip to brown-istan or whichever third world country the games take place it. That's just me. Borderlands 2 contained WAAAY too much pop culture references and meme humor for anything to be taken seriously. I get that's the point, but the cartoony aesthetic didn't do it for me either.

Wait, John Carpenter thought Remember Me was one of the top 6 games of last year? My man!

And yeah, I had more fun with Borderlands 2 than I did Skyrim. Best game on Earth might be a bit much though.

So he likes terrible and shallow games? so basically anything like his awful movies. If I want a someone to critique on food I wouldn't ask he guy flipping burgers at McDonalds is all I'm saying.

Big trouble in little china needs to be made into a GTA style open world game....4 classes:

1. young, naive but enthusiastic martial artist
2. tough, world weary trucker with a heart of gold
3. intrepid investigative reporter
4. old wizend wuxian with fire, magic, all that good stuff

Make it happen Carpenter!

KaZuYa:
So he likes terrible and shallow games? so basically anything like his awful movies. If I want a someone to critique on food I wouldn't ask he guy flipping burgers at McDonalds is all I'm saying.

And I wouldn't ask you for your opinion at all. Glad we can agree on things!

I wounder if the guy ever beat Crawmerax... seriously, f*ck that sh*it. Havn't faced off against 2's big bads but it's on my list.

Awesome guy. It's always good when high-profile people, especially from the pre-video game generation, talk about enjoying video games - and even better if they actually do enjoy them!

RA92:
I wonder what he think of Metal Gear Solid...

John Carpenter:
I got excited about a game years ago called Metal Gear Solid. I thought that was terrific. The director of that game [Hideo Kojima] wrote me a letter and I praised it. Now [FEAR] is the first game that's come along that I thought was better than that. This game is exceptional.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/articles/qanda-john-carpenter-on-his-greatest-fear/1100-6135370/

How about you take that love of video games and shooters and get a They Live game of the ground then, Carpenter.

Seriously, show Duke Nukem how it's done.

Metalrocks:
lol. good to hear he is a shooter fan. the thing is though, i personally didnt like the first borderlands at all and therefor didnt get part 2. in fact, i dont touch any games when gearbox has its name on it.
and i dont care how many say its awesome. the same thing was said about part 1 and i didnt like it.

I tried Borderlands 2 and just couldn't get into it. Maybe its something that needs to be played with friends, but then again everything is better when friends are involved so I don't know. The "humor" falls flat, the story was all sorts of dumb, and the action itself quickly got repetitive with no context to put it in.

Thank you for your opinion John. Moving on to relevant news...

This just in: A person has an opinion! He likes one thing more than another thing!

Next you'll be telling us he prefers Rocky Road Ice Cream to Strawberry!

We're on the cutting edge of breaking news up in here. <_<

Kinda cool that at least the FPS he likes isn't bland military shooter 25. And he's quite polite about his opinion concerning Skyrim. It's not his cup of tea. You know who could learn from John Carpenter when it comes to not having an obnoxiously bloated opinion?

EVERY
SINGLE
PERSON
EVER.

KaZuYa:
So he likes terrible and shallow games? so basically anything like his awful movies. If I want a someone to critique on food I wouldn't ask he guy flipping burgers at McDonalds is all I'm saying.

OT:
A bit surprising I suppose. For a guy who was an expert at subtlety, his favorite game ever is the least subtle thing since the atomic bomb.

Still, I suppose sometimes people need the other side of things and holy shit does Borderlands deliver there.
I wonder what class he plays...

Kyogissun:
Kinda cool that at least the FPS he likes isn't bland military shooter 25. And he's quite polite about his opinion concerning Skyrim. It's not his cup of tea. You know who could learn from John Carpenter when it comes to not having an obnoxiously bloated opinion?

EVERY
SINGLE
PERSON
EVER.

So true. Nowadays either you love that game or it's a pile of fucking shit. Same with if you like a game you either have great taste or are a philistine and have no valid opinion. No middle ground. "Not a fan" is normally what people mean, unless it's Ride to Hell or something.

I'm just glad there's a 66y/o Hollywood director who admits he's a gamer tbh.

I hate these News titles. And pointless "hey, a famous person likes a game" 'news' for that matter. But hey...

Anyway, yeah, Borderlands 2 is awesome and not surprised he's into it if shooters are his thing. Especially as I imagine he plays it with other people, where Borderlands really shines, there not being many fun multiplayer co-op games.

it's nice that we talk to people from other mediums but what kind of games they like and not just "games yes/no".
so john carpenter likes shooter? well makes sense, now somebody hire him to work on production for a cool horror shooter.

I like John Carpenter. I like John Carpenter films. I like Skyrim.

Is my existence a paradox?

teebeeohh:
it's nice that we talk to people from other mediums but what kind of games they like and not just "games yes/no".
so john carpenter likes shooter? well makes sense, now somebody hire him to work on production for a cool horror shooter.

Or maybe team him up with visual genius James Gunn to put together a Borderlands movie.

Just sayin'.

Sorry, I misread the title as: "Man that makes movies has opinion about video games".

Borderlands 2 was literally the same game with a new coat of paint and the fact that it received such high praise by both journalists and gamers is a mystery for me. Maybe I'm still sore over the whole "Gearbox screws us over DNF and A:CM" thing.

A 66-year-old man who works in the medium of motion pictures who doesn't disparage video games as inferior or violence-inducing?

More power to him.

I could see a movie guy really liking the ambivalence of tone that Borderlands 2 has. Boy does it go from wacky to infinite levels of despair on a dime, which is much more than you get from most movies these days (which generally have one emotion: EXPLOSION).

But I like the comparison between Skyrim and BL2. Wide-but-shallow games, but BL2 actually has characters you can care about. The only Skyrim characters I can even remember having personality were your big dragon buddy and the talking dog.

I don't see how this is news worthy, but it is nice to see someone else with Borderlands 2 as their favorite game.

BeeGeenie:
This just in: A person has an opinion! He likes one thing more than another thing!

Next you'll be telling us he prefers Rocky Road Ice Cream to Strawberry!

We're on the cutting edge of breaking news up in here. <_<

kommando367:
I don't see how this is news worthy, but it is nice to see someone else with Borderlands 2 as their favorite game.

It isn't really news worthy, but something's gotta be put up ya know? Kind of how the business runs; if there's no content, people wont come to see the site.

Kyogissun:

teebeeohh:
it's nice that we talk to people from other mediums but what kind of games they like and not just "games yes/no".
so john carpenter likes shooter? well makes sense, now somebody hire him to work on production for a cool horror shooter.

Or maybe team him up with visual genius James Gunn to put together a Borderlands movie.

Just sayin'.

no
just no
give a borderlands movie to zack snyder or whoever does soulless, visually impressive bombast these days.
Borderlands has no interesting stories to tell, it's there for you to shoot people and collect increasingly purple guns. and handsome jack is funny.

edit: ok i just remembered James Gunn did super, if a Borderlands movie is something like that, except super colorful(like Borderlands should be) and you turn all the casual cartoon violence into gruesome Carpenter body horror with nice piratical effects i would be down with that.

Adamantium93:

I tried Borderlands 2 and just couldn't get into it. Maybe its something that needs to be played with friends, but then again everything is better when friends are involved so I don't know. The "humor" falls flat, the story was all sorts of dumb, and the action itself quickly got repetitive with no context to put it in.

I'ma just echo this statement. I think it's bit of a stretch to say Borderlands is the best game. I could only play it for an hour before I was forcing myself to lay 'because I bought it'.
I feel like a good mindless shooter would be something like Killing Floor.

Good to know that I got something to talked about if I ever met him in person other than talking about this films.

"I dunno, I like to shoot things"

At least he is straightforward about what he likes, I have yet to play Borderlands or Borderlands 2, but I see where he is coming from.

KaZuYa:
So he likes terrible and shallow games? so basically anything like his awful movies.

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