Elon Musk Talks About 'Overwatch,' Believes Storytelling Is Key For Most Games

By Michael Augustin , Updated Jan 12, 2017 09:04 AM EST
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Elon Musk talks with Sam Altman about "Overwatch," other games and the importance of good storytelling.
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Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently confirmed in a recent interview with Sam Altman, president of Y Combinator, that he loves "Overwatch." During the interview outtakes Musk and Altman talked about the popular Blizzard Entertainment shooter as well as other videogames.

In a report by Gizmodo, during the interview with Altman, he asked Musk to recommend some videogames. The SpaceX CEO reportedly suggested the popular shooter. After watching the interview, Gizmodo's Bryan Menegus shot him a message asking about his favorite character. He initially replied to the message saying "it's too embarrassing :)," but they claim that he uses Bastion. Last year, he sent a tweet praising the game, which somewhat confirms his suspected love for the FPS.

In the interview with the Y Combinator president, Elon Musk also recommended "Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft." Polygon reports that he is also a fan of the "Deus EX" series, but it seems that he has not yet played last year's "Deus EX: Mankind Divided." It appears some of the negative reviews for the game might be a factor. He admits that "Overwatch" has a great story behind it, but Blizzard Entertainment's decision to omit a single-player story campaign appears to be the game's only flaw.

Musk also believes in the importance of storytelling in games. He talked about older games and their really bad graphics and sound, which is why "they had to rely on storytelling," said the Tesla CEO. He goes on to describe that games have since turned into a kind of replacement for Entertainment. Additionally, Altman proceeds to talk about the "The Last of Us" as a game with a one of the best narratives of the last decade, as reported by Polygon.

Blizzard Entertainment has apparently decided to keep the backstory outside of Overwatch, said Elon Musk. Instead, the gaming company took a different approach and told the story through animated short films and comics.

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