Idris Elba thinks video games can help make the world a better place

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Los Angeles, Sep 28 (IANS) Hollywood star Idris Elba thinks video games have the power to change the world.

The 51-year-old actor, who stars as Solomon Reed in ‘Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty’, a new spy-thriller game, thinks the industry actually has the potential to shine a light on humanitarian issues, reports

“Games have exactly the same tool sets, if not more, to engage people in things they don’t understand. If you want to use gaming as a portal to education, to interface between one culture and another, it’s a really interesting place to do this. I’m sure there are companies that are looking at it, but anyone who can get that right … and educate cultures about other cultures is a winner,” the movie star told the BBC.

Elba actually found shooting his part for the game to be surprisingly challenging. The London-born star said, “It was different and it’s multifaceted. There was a component of real performance in CGI and motion caption, and that was the beginning … of this journey. Then there was obviously the voice component.”

“My character is very central to the storyline … so their approach to me was, ‘Listen, this is not going to be easy. This is a big game for us and a big character so we want someone that has a certain type of gravitas’.”

Elba is a life-long gaming enthusiast and he’s now keen to play ‘Cyberpunk 2077: Phantom Liberty’ after putting “so much work into it.”

He shared, “I play video games a lot and have done for most of my life. I had an Amstrad back in the day and pretty much every other console. I’m not one to watch my own performances, but I will play this game. I put so much work into it for years.”



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