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Hollywood unsure how to turn games into movies

Posted at 25 August 2009 00:22 CEST by Randomus

Movies and video games seem like such an appealing combination, yet video game studios and Hollywood movie makers have been unable to turn popular movies into hit video games.

“Movie-based games almost never work,” according to Philipp Dollinger, Pressakey.com game reviewer.  “No matter how cool the movie, the game is almost always lame.  Most are just bad imitations of better games already out there.”

I have to take Dollinger’s stance on this topic, as most movie-based video games seem to be absolutely horrendous.  Doom is one of the best video game franchises ever, but the movie was unimpressive and frustrated most old school Doom gamers.  Max Payne, a movie based off a video game, also was transformed from a popular game into an absolutely dreadful film, with no sequels made.

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As another classic example, Brash Entertainment invested $400 million to purchase film licenses and attempt to turn them into video games — but with disastrous results.  The company first tried to make an “Alvin and the Chipmunks” video game, then tried to create the popular  “Jumper” movie into a video game.  Both game titles flopped horribly, and Brash was forced out of business.  Pandemic Brisbane attempted to turn Hollywood blockbuster “The Dark Knight” into a video game, which also flopped.

During Gamescom, there are apparently more video game studios that are attempting to roll the dice, and turn hit movies into video games.  I believe a game made by LucasArts, which is known for Star Wars-themed video games, can be a hit, but I’m not convinced other game studios should try and bank off the success of movie video games — and Hollywood shouldn’t try and count on the success of a video game movie.

I believe Hollywood and the game industry would be able to work better with one another if the movie studio who purchases a license decided to work with the game maker, rather than get the license and run off.

Despite past setbacks, expect Hollywood to keep filming movies based off video games, even if they leave most of us with a headache.  Have you had a positive experience with a film turned into a video game, or a game turned into a movie?  If so, what video game/movie did you enjoy?

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brokenbuga
MyCE Resident
Posted on: 25 Aug 09 03:41
    Make them more like Resident Evil and less like Super Mario Bros.

    Milla Jovovich, good.

    John Leguizamo and Dennis Hopper, not so much.
    justsomeguy
    New on Forum
    Posted on: 25 Aug 09 04:01
      brokenbuga - I agree..... I really liked all 3 Resident Evil movies. Most all other game based movies have pretty much sucked. I think there are a lot of games that could make good movies. I think the F.E.A.R games would make a good movie but I'm sure they'd screw it up some how.
      RTV71
      MyCE Member
      Posted on: 25 Aug 09 04:02
        When it comes to games, machinima productions made by gamers are more true to the environment. They're not trying to obtain some preconceived notion of "mass appeal" according to some studio head who doesn't know anything about the game.
        ivid
        MyCE Resident
        Posted on: 25 Aug 09 05:01
          I agree, but some of my all time favorite games are movie based (Star Wars anyway). Xwing, Tie-Fighter, Dark Forces are classics and several other Star Wars based games were really good. LOTR had 2 good games that I can think of but other than that most movie based games aren't worth a rental.

          Both industries should just look for original ideas. Except Star Wars. Lookin forward to Battlefront 3
          Chuckwagon
          CD Freaks Member
          Posted on: 25 Aug 09 05:35
            Hollywood should stick to making original movies, they pretty much suck at making movies out of games, or books, or pretty much any other media that wasn't a movie to begin with. Why? Becasue the arogant asswipes can't leave well enough alone. No matter how good the original material is, the dipshits in Hollywood think they can improve on it in the movie making process. More often than not they fail utterly. But because once in a while a film maker manages not to butcher a project in the attempt to improve it, they all think they can do it. In the end it's extremely rare that a film is an improvement, generally it's just different. Which Hollywood types seem to like, even though it tends to make fans of the products less than thrilled. Of course, they always claim that they are making the film for a broader audience, and that changes are needed, but in reality the "broader audience" would have no idea any changes were made, since they aren't fans to begin with, and only the fans will notice, and be annoyed and spend less on it. Go figure.
            shaolin007
            MyCE Resident
            Posted on: 27 Aug 09 04:56
              Yep most game based movies really suck balls.

              The big problem with Hollywood nowadays, is imagination. They have none. All they have been doing here lately is either redoing movies or getting a toy and doing a movie out of it. G.I. Joe? For real... Probably why I haven't seen a movie out in theaters this summer although District 9 might be worth the $4 pre noon price.
              Chuckwagon
              CD Freaks Member
              Posted on: 27 Aug 09 06:07
                "The big problem with Hollywood nowadays, is imagination."

                I thought their imaginations were on overtime. They imagine that piracy is killing their industry. They imagine that all of their crap should make money. They imagine 3D is more important than content. They imagine that the world values their opinions and not just the entertainment they provide. Etc.

                Heh heh, I just couldn't leave it alone. Sorry.
                weedougie
                MyCE Resident
                Posted on: 27 Aug 09 12:27
                  Quote:
                  Originally Posted by Chuckwagon
                  "The big problem with Hollywood nowadays, is imagination."

                  I thought their imaginations were on overtime. They imagine that piracy is killing their industry. They imagine that all of their crap should make money. They imagine 3D is more important than content. They imagine that the world values their opinions and not just the entertainment they provide. Etc.

                  Heh heh, I just couldn't leave it alone. Sorry.
                  I agree totally with you, they are no longer entertainers but accountants only interested in the bottom line.
                  They don't realise that if they produce something that the public like and want they will make money. You cannot manufacture a star or a good script, that requires talent lacking in many of the offerings by the studio's and music producers. When they get back on track then they will profit.
                  It's not piracy that is killing their industries but bad management.
                  AmiWolf
                  CD Freaks Junior Member
                  Posted on: 27 Aug 09 18:31
                    Hell, quit messing with the recent stuff and go for the classics to turn into video games. I'd like nothing better than to sit down with a pad controller and make rhett Butler go over and over with "Frankly Scarlett, I don't give a damn..."

                    Or any Mel Brooks films, say, "Blazing Saddles" as a video game. Of course it would mean sampling to the point iof craziness because some of the actors have passed on, but to hear Madeline Kahn say "Is it weally twue that black men awre gifted.......ziiiiipppppp......Oooooo, it's twue, it's twue..."
                    Now who wouldn't wanna play that...


                    OK, back on my meds now

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