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The Player: How 'Quantum Break' puts TV inside the video game

The Player: How 'Quantum Break' puts TV inside the video game

Video games have long found inspiration in films. The reckless carnage in the “Call of Duty” franchise, for instance, has regularly been justified as turning a summer blockbuster into something more playable, more interactive.

It goes both ways.

The popularity of digital effects has lent many films a game-like sheen. Critics of the action-first plots of so many superhero films could argue the works often look more fun to play than watch. Think of, say, the cartoonish set pieces of “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

But another player has interrupted the love affair between games and film.

Now it’s television, specifically our...

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