Writer Alex Garland of The Beach and 28 Days Later fame penned Enslaved: Odyssey to the West. That game was developed by Ninja Theory of Heavenly Sword fame. Garland hadn't played that game when he met Ninja Theory. Why?
Enslaved has Hollywood talent like actress Lindsay Shaw. The game was written by Alex Garland of 28 Days Later and The Beach fame. And its developers originally pitched Enslaved as a feature film.
This past April, film critic Roger Ebert wrote a post called "Video games can never be art" that carried dogmatic statements like this: