This e-mail just caught my eye:
Although I haven't played Splinter Cell, I understand that the hyperrealistic action and nail-biting black ops drama had its cinematic moments. Still, "video game" is frequently used as a derogatory term when applied to movies. It usually means the title in question lacks intelligence, places spectacle over substance, etc. That's a troublesome comparison, since many video games possess fantastic storylines, performances, and other important forms of engagement. This has been the case at least since text adventures in the eighties. But I'm wondering if we've reached a point now where actually promoting a movie on the basis of its director's video game experience gives people a sense of whether that movie is worth their time. Could the proverbial "Next Spielberg" get his start in games? Why not?