For any person who plays video games, having your favorite video game turned into a movie should be exciting. It adds a dimension to the game, a perspective that is new to that game’s universe. Instead, whenever a movie based on a video-game comes out, gamers are wary and hesitant. Why?

This is why.

The blame falls on Hollywood. It seems interested enough to take notice of popular video games, but not interested enough to actually learn aboout them. It’s like producing a Superman movie but not knowing he’s from Krypton or not wanting him to fly. Something akin to that. 

A video game franchise becomes popular not just because of how the graphics are or what weapons are used, but that there is an engaging story as well. The Halo series of games not only had good gameplay but a cast of interesting characters in a huge galactic war. Half Life 2 gives players a chance to save an enslaved humanity using their brains (or what’s left of it after six straight hours of playing video games). Mass Effect has the player investigating a mystery with the entire universe in the balance.

So, no pressure then.

Let me give an example of what I am talking about. The game Doom is about a single marine that comes to a science facility on Mars just as a transportation experiment goes wrong and creatures from Hell come through the portal and kill everyone but the marine. The marine then gets progressively bigger weaponry as he kills bigger demons, eventually killing the biggest demon of all, Reese Witherspoon (I’m on to you, Reese!). He then seals the portal, and humanity is saved. In the movie Doom, you have a squad of marines, including the heavy-weapons black guy, new wet-behind-the-ears rookie, and slimy-can’t-trust-him-as-far-as-you-can-throw-him marine. You also have a bleeding heart scientist who is also the sister of one of the marines sent.

"Yes the monsters are killing women and children, but only because their parents never gave them enough attention."

Also, the monsters are some sort of genetic mutation instead of demons, and the marine team is split if they should kill potentially mutated people. Eventually the movie ends with the two surviving marines fighting each other and the good marine escapes the facility with his sister as the only survivors. Except for parts with marines shooting guns and Mars, the movie and game don’t share a lot in common. Although “Marines shooting guns on Mars” sounds like the name of a cool garage band.

Another reason movies stink is because of people like Uwe Boll. Who is Uwe Boll? He is the producer for timeless classics (that’s sarcasm right there) like BloodRayne, Far Cry, and House of the Dead. This man makes video game movies, and admits to never playing them. For a more complete article on why gamers should hate him, click here. Video games should be seen by movie makers the same way books are: a different world with a fan base that should be pleased with the movie. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was an excellent adaptation of he book. Possibly the best game-movie relationship we have at the moment is Tron.  

I'd sell my grandmother for a light cycle.

Now it’s your turn reader (and by reader I mean the one viewer I have). Do you agree about video game movies or feel that they aren’t good movie material? And here’s my question to you: if you could make any game into a movie, which game? And if you could make any movie into a game, what movie? Thanks for reading and the next post will be published sooner than this one did.

 

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