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Does A Good Game Make A Good Movie Idea?

timothy posted more than 9 years ago | from the aztec-needs-a-movie dept.

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Brakz0rz writes "Here's a BBCi article by Daniel Etherington with an overview on how videogames translate onto the big screen. I can't say I've been impressed by any such effort so far. The article touches on John Woo's upcoming Metroid adaptation. Etherington writes, "One of these days, someone has just got to make a decent video game movie. How about Peter Jackson doing Zelda? Now that would be promising." I would enjoy that more than the games franchised from the LOTR trilogy."

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Q: MAGIC 8 BALL, WILL I GET A FP? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960545)


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lets see here (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960549)

Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Mario...

games make TERRIBLE movies

Re:lets see here (2, Funny)

AntiOrganic (650691) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960579)

Let's not forget Resident Evil, Tomb Raider and Wing Commander.

Re:lets see here (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960587)

WHAT!! Wing Commander is my favorite movie of all time, followed in close second by The Fifth Element!!

Not to mention, Tomb Raider and Resident Evil werent so bad.

Re:lets see here (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960597)

i bet you liked battlefield earth too

Re:lets see here (1)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960618)

WHAT!! People actually didnt like BAttlefield earth... gosh that movie is classic!

okok im not crazy, that movie was utter trash.

Re:lets see here (5, Interesting)

lambent (234167) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960779)

What's wrong with Resident Evil? A bunch of people run around, kill zombies, and eventually everyone dies (except Milla ... man, I love that red dress).

How is that bad, when you consider the general action/horror genre as a whole?

Re:lets see here (4, Funny)

FrYGuY101 (770432) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960710)

That's not true! I mean theres...




Crap, you're right. They all suck. I'm just waiting for Frogger: The Movie.

Re:lets see here (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960770)

I actually came up with the name Frogger. Can you believe they wanted to call it.. Highway Crossing Frog?

The old hat Content versus Form (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960792)

A good story makes a good story.

"Good Game" is not a descriptive enough term to determine whether or not some bit of content will translate well to another format. Game 'genres' are comparatively less like genres and more like species. You can find common ground between the worst Ahnuld action flick and your favorite movie (assuming they are not the same) - differences in movie genres are all content-based.

But while the ancestor of the arcade genre are arcade action games, graphic adventures have their roots in interactive fiction, MMORPGs hail from MU*s, CRPGs descend from board games, and other physical games translate to video well without need of additional story (e.g. Chessmaster, Hoyle's). Differences in game genres are both form- and content-based, and not to any set ratio.

So the answer fully depends on why the game is "good". If it's good because it has a compelling story, great characters, etc., then duh, it will probably make a good movie. If not, then in the absence of a good script doctor it will not.

Metal Gear Solid (5, Interesting)

TheKidWho (705796) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960554)

How about a metal gear solid movie. Imagine if that came out in the movie format instead of the game format... Wait it did come out in the movie format! What sucks though is that lots of these game-movie adaptions stray away from the main story of the series which is what makes the series so unique to begin with. Case in point, Final Fantasy Spirits Within.

Re:Metal Gear Solid (2, Insightful)

Gadzuko (712568) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960697)

What? I thought the whole point of the Final Fantasy games was that there was no interweaving plot line to stray from. Each game is unique.

Re:Metal Gear Solid (0)

Incoherent07 (695470) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960706)

Well, to be fair, in the case of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within, there wasn't a main story to begin with, although one of the main problems with it was that it didn't even really follow the style of the series... no magic, none of the 500 other things that show up in every other FF game.

Most overlooked game-to-movie translation... (2, Interesting)

bonch (38532) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960735)


A couple of years ago I had hear John Woo was interested in making a Symphony of the Night film. Konami apparently has a trilogy of scripts floating around. I can see it must have never gone anywhere. John Woo has been expressing his interest in making a videogame movie for a while now. Honestly, I don't have high hopes for this Metroid game.

I want a movie about the first Castlevania game before everything turned to cheesy anime hell, when it was a European horror game about Simon Belmont just fighting zombies and trying to destroy Dracula.

By the way, I know many here probably don't consider it a great film, but I remember Mortal Kombat doing pretty well when it came out, and lots of people went to see it simply because it was a fun action flick with a great techno theme song. In my eyes, it was the first true successful game-to-film translation, even if it isn't regarded as a classic movie (few are). I guess Tomb Raider would have to be considered as well since it did successfully, but I never saw it.

They're even making Spy Hunter starring The Rock. It's insane.

Re:Metal Gear Solid (2, Interesting)

MikeXpop (614167) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960749)

Metal Gear Solid was basically a movie where you could play as the character. However it would suck major ass if you had to watch it on the big screen. For example, (I'll use an example in MGS2, cause I can't think of a quick one in the first one) in MGS2, Raiden and Snake have to go all the way around each others site of the plant defusing bombs. Imagine watching that. While it might be filled with action and such, it would be very, very boring.

If you allowed Hideo Kojima to write a new MGS script solely for the silver screen though, it would be awesome. I'd pay for the movie, the DVD, the Special Edition DVD, and the Special Edition Box Set which includes 40 hours of footage that wasn't good enough for the original.

No. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960557)

Or maybe it just depends on what your idea of what a "good" movie is since video games are lacking so much of what "good" movies have by nature.

No (5, Insightful)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960558)

The same way a movie makes a bad game idea.

Something suffers because the time to market seems to influence the outcome of the product,

Re:No (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960703)

It's partly time-to-market. It's also partly that most movies are linear narratives and most narratives contain boring parts. And most strictly-linear-narrative games suck. You can make a game out of attacking the Death Star but not out of finding your aunt and uncle burned to death.

Incidentally, Kenobi bloody well knew what was going on. He could have stopped it. I've always been pissed at him for that.

haha (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960562)


Nooooooo!!!!!!!!! (4, Insightful)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960566)

Two words: Tomb Raider

God spare us all....

Re:Nooooooo!!!!!!!!! (1)

BTWR (540147) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960676)

actually, that's an example of a bad videogame movie, but NOT a bad videogame movie idea!

Tomb Raider was a golden opportunity to deliver a straight-up adventure movie, with enjoyable casts and good heroes. Tomb Raider just messed it up. All they had to do was to do a movie "inspired" by Indiana Jones and it woulda been good. "The Mummy" was a great movie based on this idea, IMO...

Re:Nooooooo!!!!!!!!! (1)

wo1verin3 (473094) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960781)

Have you played the latest Tomb Raider game? The controls are just as horrible as they were when I played it on a 486. Tomb Raider is an example of a bad video game, but good movie!

File to game, yes, game to film, no (5, Interesting)

heironymouscoward (683461) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960567)

Games and movies have different life cycles.

A decent game often gets better in its second abnd third versions as technology improves and the story lines get more mature.

Films sequels are rarely better than the original and often dramatically worse.

Today, games make more money than films. A successful game franchise - that has many years of life left - can be ruined by one poor film tie-in.

So the ideal model is to take a good film and turn it into a series of games, and to resist at all costs the temptation to make film sequels. (Yes, I'm thinking of the Matrix).

LoTR does not really count as a film + sequels since it is based on an existing story and was shot in one go.

Re:File to game, yes, game to film, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960591)

I think you meant 'film to game...'

But apart from that, yeah, right on the money.

The Gospel According to St. Yesterday's Dinner (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960574)

Yesterday noon at half-past two, my guts began to rumble,
So to the 'fridge I duly went, and therein did I fumble.
I came across a chicken breast inviting me to eat it,
So out it came - cold gravy too; and carrots, spuds and garlic.
(I would have used mint sauce that day, but then I thought, "potatoes!"
For they and mint can't coexist, so I used two tomatoes.)
I chopped the carrots, beans and herbs, and threw them in the fryer,
But not before I melted up a gen'rous knob of butter.
I don't like gravy when it's cold, so I slammed it in the micro,
A coupl'a mins it ran on hot. I added oregano.

"Now for the chicken breast," I drooled - it truly looked delicious,
I pulled it out from cellophane - so succulent and sumptuous.
Into the oven it did go. I waited with some glee,
For I was feeling hungry now at nearly ten past three.
At last the oven clock did chime. My knife and fork were ready
And there it stood - the perfect breast - its steamy fragrance heady.
With reverence I took a peek; and great anticipation -
A gastronomical delight! Such taste-bud stimulation!
And there enthroned among the veg it sat in regal splendour.
I settled down with great delight - but there began the horror.

"What's going on?" my mind did quail, "I'm sure that must be fake!"
for slowly did it stand aloft. My head began to ache.
There stood the hideous chicken breast, juice sliding from its back.
My face went pale, my knees did knock and then - I heard it quack.
The sweat was pouring from my brow when I returned from fainting,
And my chicken was weeping now as if its heart was breaking.
"Oh, woe is me!" I heard her cry, "How could this e'er have happened?
Alas that it should end this way for now this chick is ruined!"
"Whatever's wrong?" I asked in fear. "Why is it that you're crying?"
The meat replied, "Well, you would too if you experienced dying."

Continued she with mournful voice, "I'm nowhere nearly old.
And now as meat for someone's lunch I find that I've been sold."
"That's quite normal," said I, intrigued, "It's why they make you fatter."
"Oh no!" the distraught breast replied, "I thought that I'd live longer."
"It's not so bad," I told her now, "It happens now and then,
Just look back o'er your bygone life. What's life like for a hen?"
She told me of her hatching out a year or two ago,
And how in winter she was best at finding food in snow.
A merry life she used to lead until she faced the chopper,
But soon her life would end in tears and she would come a cropper.

"The horror of that final hour is much too much to bear.
If you'd been there, you'd have exclaimed that it's a true nightmare.
In pools of blood the floor was drenched; and trampled, bloodstained feathers.
I looked into his murd'rous face. His eyes gave me the shivers.
I saw his axe as he grabbed me. His hands they hurt my neck.
And vainly 'twas that I did try to fight back with a peck.
That cursèd block! I see it now - the site of many crimes!"
[I'm sorry, sir, but I can't think of anything that rhymes.]
"Forsooth," the chopped-up chicken wailed, "I had no hope at all,
Before that lethal blade of his, I could do naught but bawl."

"Then why didst thou not run away?" I asked in tones perplexed.
"I didn't know, to tell the truth, that I would be the next."
Said I, "How can it be that you should end up as my dinner?"
"It is," my chicken breast replied, "because I am a sinner."
And so the sad, sad story ran; a tale of great woe,
But I assure you that it's true - I heard it told just so.
The moral of the story runs - hens of the world take note -
That no-one knows the day or hour when someone slits your throat.
Unless with carrots, beans and spuds you wish to end up grilling,
I recommend you seek to flee from this impending killing.

I skewered the breast several times with a knife until it stopped wriggling, and then I ate it.

Tetris: The Movie (4, Funny)

Noksagt (69097) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960575)

It is good that video game movies are a fairly recent innovation. Lest we end up watching pong for 90 minutes.

I think that movies make even worse video games, though:ET for the Atari anyone?

Re:Tetris: The Movie (4, Funny)

HungWeiLo (250320) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960715)

A movie that involves sticks finding its way into holes that fit?

That's a GREAT idea! Some folks in the San Fernando valley may want to buy the option for that script.

Re:Tetris: The Movie (5, Funny)

Hektor_Troy (262592) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960723)

> Lest we end up watching pong for 90 minutes.

Too late [imdb.com]!

Well - at we'll get to see Kirsten Dunst jumping and running in a very short skirt.

John Woo and Nibbles? (2, Funny)

r4bb1t (663244) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960576)

John Woo and Metroid sounds promising, but God help us if somebody tries to make a movie about Nibbles. Or does Tremors [imdb.com] already count?

Jackson doing fucking zelda? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960577)

enough with fucking the lotr fanboyisms. fucking unimaginative fucks. just shut the fuck up, fucking fuckfaces.

Re:Jackson doing fucking zelda? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960624)

Couldn't agree with you more. They'll fuck it up for sure. Jack-ass-son was a moron who spoilt LoTR. And this motherfucker is going to fuck up Zelda too.

Unimaginative sons of bitches.

IMHO, the only thing that MIGHT work... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960580)

...would be Tarantino taking on a big-screen adaptation of GTA3.

Re:IMHO, the only thing that MIGHT work... (2, Insightful)

double-oh three (688874) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960619)

What do you call Pulp Fiction then? I think it's Tarantino influencing GTA, not GTA influencing Tarantino.

Re:IMHO, the only thing that MIGHT work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960664)

What does GTA have to do with Pulp Fiction?

Re:IMHO, the only thing that MIGHT work... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960679)

people are shot. everyone knows Tarantino is the only director ever to show violence in his movies.

FF TSW (1)

TechnologyX (743745) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960589)

Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within was a pretty ok movie. I mean, it wasn't based directly off the FF games ( as each one changes drastically anyway ), but it was still an overall good movie.

My biggest complaint was the voice acting sucked in parts, but seeing as how it WAS 100% computer gen, and we've yet to have a perfectly scripted game as well, it's a small oversight.

Re:FF TSW (1)

MoronGames (632186) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960677)

There's supposed to be a movie that is a sequal to Final Fantasy VII coming out eventually..

Here's some trailers for it: http://www.ffshrine.org/ffac/ff7ac_trailer.php

Perfect example (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960595)

Duke Nukem: Forever. If they can figure out the plot and casting, it's going to be a blockbuster.

boong ga boong ga (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960596)

It's a japanese arcade where your task is to poke a finger up a somebody's ass. It would make a great movie, especielly for the slashdot crowd.

Whats with movies today? (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960600)

What is it with people who do not want to come up with an original and new idea, and make good movies? They just seem to want to rip ideas off, from books, videogames or whatever it is that they can find and make a quick buck.

There seem to be very few original works, especially when it comes to mainstream movies.

Originality - that seems to be a thing of the past.

Oh well, enough rant for a day.

Re:Whats with movies today? (1)

LGagnon (762015) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960772)

What is it with people who do not want to come up with an original and new idea, and make good movies?

Welcome to Hollywood. You must be new here.

I'll tell you what they need to make! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960603)

How about some movies based on 'Medal of Honor' and 'Call of Duty'?

Now *there's* some virgin cinematic subject matter!

An idea for a game to be made into a movie... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960604)

How about a game where you're a Kiwi who has to kill
all the aliens on this planet who exist to eat humans?
Then it could be made into a movie. Especially good
is if Peter Jackson was to make the movie.

Three words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960614)

Tetris: The Movie

Great game, horrible movie idea.

Re:Three words (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960668)

Just turn it into a James Bond style action adventure film featuring a sexy russian agent as the lead character.

Final Fantasy (2, Interesting)

Jin Wicked (317953) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960617)

I'd like to see a GOOD Final Fantasy movie based on one of the actual games. Six has always been my favourite, I'm sure the story is strong enough to be made into a good movie, but there's so much to it that two hours may not be enough. It might make a good two-part or three-part movie like LOTR, though, I doubt it has enough audience to have anyone know what the Hell it was.

I'd wager to say most movies made from games in the past (like the awful Streetfighter movie and Super Mario Bros) are just trying to capitalize on the name. I did like the first Mortal Kombat movie, though, and Tomb Raider was silly but at least entertaining.

Maybe we need more movies made from RPGs, they seem to have more in the way of actual plot to begin with.

This link says it all. (1)

rock_climbing_guy (630276) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960625)

Click here. [gamespy.com] No further explanation is required. This is definately one of the worst movies ever produced. To quote the linked article, "Super Mario Brothers is kind of like Hell, except I'm pretty sure Hell has a better production designer."

Sorry, it looks like they hit you with an ad. They must not like internal linking.

Grim Fandango (4, Interesting)

vlad_petric (94134) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960627)

That game [lucasarts.com] provided me more dramatic entertainment than two thirds of the movies I've seen. It convinced me beyond any doubt that games are a form of art.

Perhaps (1)

bersl2 (689221) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960630)

They could make really good independent films and do make awful big budget movies.

In order to portray the story correctly, you actually have to be able to tell a story...

In all fairness... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960634)

Mortal Kombat and the original Tomb Raider were enjoyable movies. They were by no means LOTR calibur, but c'mon you can say the same about comic book movies or just about every sci-fi movie ever made. There is every bit as much crap in sci-fi for example as there is for video game movies so why are we complaining?

I think instead of worrying about why video game movies suck, why don't we think about all the bad movie to video game translations!!!

In the history of video game movie translations only a handful have even been decent. Most of them suck horribly. That is the real problem...

In short: Perhaps, if they'd try harder (4, Insightful)

spellraiser (764337) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960641)

The reason why games usually make terrible movies is pretty obvious. It's because the movies are usually made out of high-profile action games - to cash in on the name, as is standard practise in Hollywood.

These kinds of games are, of course, plot-free zones. Hence, the movie makers fill the void in an ad-hoc fashion, usually with horrible results.

Speaking of Zelda, anyone remember the old Zelda cartoons that we had on TV once? That's a classic example of what I'm talking about; those cartoons made my eyes bleed. Badly.

I can imagine that it WOULD be possible to make a good movie out of a good, plot-filled game, such as the old Lucasarts/Lucasfilm Games ones. Those would at least be funny. But, that hasn't happened yet. I'm still crossing my fingers ...

Re:In short: Perhaps, if they'd try harder (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960656)

I think "pirates of the carribean" is pretty obviously plot-related to "Secret of Monkey Island" - they just got the "Obscure Disney Ride" franchise instead, because SoMI is a bit obscure in suit's eyes.

Zelda movie (2, Insightful)

EboMike (236714) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960730)

Zelda. That game was actually inspired by Ridley Scott's Legend [imdb.com], so a movie based on Zelda would almost be a full circle then...

Re:In short: Perhaps, if they'd try harder (1)

Drantin (569921) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960763)

such as the old Lucasarts/Lucasfilm Games

Yeah, they need to make a cartoon about Sam & Ma...wait a sec...

The Warcraft Series (1)

ChopsMIDI (613634) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960643)

I've always thoughts The warcraft series a fantastic plot and lots of cool magic....though it'd probably be a little too close to the LOTR series...

Starcraft Also has a pretty cool story line, but I'd love to see a Warcraft movie.

A good adaptation (1, Funny)

AndroidCat (229562) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960645)

The first Star Wars movie was a good adaptation of (Atari's?) fly-down-a-trench-and-shoot-things game. They managed to add quite a lot of detail and story to it. (The story and characters were still pretty flat, but look what they had to work with!) To me, it did suffer a bit that the main focus shifted from the main idea of the game, flying down the trench and shooting things. I sat there for over an hour before they finally got to the point. It was good, not great.

Tetris (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960646)

How would Tetris be translated into a movie? :D

Game and movie simultaneously (4, Interesting)

hcetSJ (672210) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960648)

Just last Thursday I heard a lecture about digital effects in movies and games by George Joblove and Douglas Kay, two former ILM-ers who have now moved to Sony Imageworks and Mondo Media, respectively. One of the clips that Douglas Kay showed was a concept for a project they're doing which is a combined movie and game. The idea is that the movie is done entirely digitally, and at a technological level that can be reproduced on a game console, so that there is a seemless transition between the movie environment and the game. Sounded like a good idea to me.

Jedi Knight Games might may a good film (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960649)

Those jedi knight FPS games might make a good series of movies if they scaled back on the special effects and wrote some better dialog.

Some aren't so bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960653)

Fighting games for instance already come with plot and character motivation. Each character already has a certain disposition and a point for being in the tournament or whatever situation it is. For example, one person is fighting for honor, another to save a loved one, and another just because they are an asshole.

What plot is there in a game like Mario Bros.? If they tried to stay true to the game you would have 2 hours of "The princess is in another castle!".

The Mario Bros. movie just sucked, straight up. So did Double Dragon. It was amazing how much artistic license was taken, and how badly they did.

Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter were OK. At least they were fun to watch.

Ooooh! (2, Funny)

sunspot42 (455706) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960657)

Can't wait for M*U*L*E - The Movie.

Now if only EA would release the damn game for a modern platform . . .

Grim Fandango (4, Interesting)

instinctdesign (534196) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960662)

It is funny how these type of stories come up now and then because, for awhile now, I've been really set on the idea of a Grim Fandango movie. I can't think of any game which could more readily translated onto the big screen. Even as a video game it still boasted an incredibly well developed story with a wonderful atmosphere and stellar voice acting.

My dream? Pixar doing Grim Fandango. Something like that would, in my mind, help make up for all the Tomb Raiders and Mortal Combats.

Nope (1)

illuminata (668963) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960666)

Games don't translate well because most stories in games are second rate to the ones told in movies thus far. They haven't really needed to be up to par because gamers accept the stories being this way. Often times it's because too much of a story would make things very linear; a good game lets you make decisions as to how you advance.

Because of that, new scenarios, characters, etc are required to try and fill in the gaps. The result is a poorly produced movie that is unable to please the game's fan base because it's too far of a stretch from what they've seen in the game. Granted, it doesn't help sticking a license with bad directors, producers, and writers but I do worry that even in the best hands gamers wouldn't be pleased.

Just wait for.... (4, Funny)

Jeremi (14640) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960672)

If you liked "Saturday Night Fever", you'll love Dance Dance Revolution: The Movie!

Depends on the writer, really... (1)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960673)

I mean, look at the adaptation they made of gorilla.bas [imdb.com] after all.

Re:Depends on the writer, really... (1)

man_ls (248470) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960744)

Holy crap old school....gorilla.bas.

I remember using that when I was about 5 years old. (I'm 18 now...)

You shouldn't be able to make a freaking teenager take a trip down memory lane, for christ's sake.

different targets (4, Insightful)

gclef (96311) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960691)

No, games<->movies don't work. The reason is that they are entertaining in totally different ways, and the translation doesn't work between them.

Example: most adventure/shoot-em-up games are almost all fighting, with the occasional puzzle. These are entertaining because they tax your reflexes or your strategic thinking. It's fun to do that yourself, and so they're entertaining, but it's boring to watch someone else do that for more than about 10 minutes.

Also, because there's so much time spent in fighting & puzzles, the story background and character development in games is often (yes, often, not always, but very often) weak to non-existent. A shining example: Final Fantasy. That game has more character development than most adventure games do, and it was still a boring movie.

Short answer: there's a long gap between things that are fun to *do* and things that are fun to *watch*. The only thing that clearly falls in both catagories is sex, but I'm not going to go there right now.

I would like to Raid Angeline Joleine's Tomb (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960704)

She's got some nice big, succulent ta-tas. Furthermore, I don't think a big screen adaptation of "Pacman" would be in order. The name itself is rather suggestive of homosexuality. One man "packing" another isn't really my style. Although, you would probably have some big names in acting, like Vin Deisel and Richard Gere, applying for the lead roles.

Zelda now? (5, Interesting)

RTPMatt (468649) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960707)

How about Peter Jackson doing Zelda?

I can't wait to see what the original zelda theme sounds like when a full symphony plays it.

Star Wars: KOTOR (4, Interesting)

MikeyNg (88437) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960709)

Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic would make an outstanding movie. If someone actually bothered to make it, the storyline and characters are much better than anything Lucas is putting out in the "current" trilogy.

Video games are a different medium than films. Resident Evil and Tomb Raider were more action-oriented games with hardly any plot. Hmmm... what kind of a movie do you think is going to arise out of a video game like that?

Basing a movie off of an RPG, such as KOTOR, would at least give the writers and directors more meat to play with. They probably wouldn't have to do too much yet still remain true to the game.

Zelda (1)

LBArrettAnderson (655246) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960716)

I think the world would benefit from a Zelda trilogy. Three movies, one storyline, Link meets Zelda for the first time three times.

but seriously, Zelda COULD make an awesome film or group of films. I've always wanted to see A Link to the Past as a film... there is plenty of story for several films.

the problem, of course would be adapting the storyline to be suitable for a film. The best game to adapt to a movie would be, in my opinion, A Link to the Past. I can already see the scene where Link first arrives in the dark world... and it is beautifully done. (i don't know about peter jackson, though... why does everyone automatically assume he's the best director ever for fantasy? he's not.)

Okay... an LA Zelda could rock... (5, Funny)

mark-t (151149) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960718)

as long as it had a better plot than the games.

Seriously, that chick was getting kidnapped or shanghaighed so many times that she probably has to have 911 preprogrammed on speeddial in her cellphone just to keep up.

Savage (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960733)

Download the "Savage" Demo from S2 games [s2games.com]. The trailer the demo plays is *INSANELY GREAT*. I would see a movie about the game in a *heartbeat*.

Here's a transcript of the voice over so you can get an idea, "In a Savage age, beyond the fall of civilization, a leader will rise. To rebuild and restore what once was. The days of uncontested human domination are over, two armies in sight, the smell of battle is in the air, and the drums of war begin a dance of death. Victory or extinction? Glory or defeat? The very hand of fate lies in the warrior grip, of the Savage."

Please note I don't work for s2 games, just a happy customer.

Games that could work (1)

Eudial (590661) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960737)

Fallout would definetly work out.
But monkey island would be quite nice aswell.

However, what would beat PacMan - the movie?

Tim burton. (1)

Lussarn (105276) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960739)

I would love to see Tim buton take on a game->movie conversion. He as done a great job with comic->movie in batman and his theatrical style would probably fit right in.

It depends on the game. (2, Insightful)

Zakabog (603757) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960742)

It depends on the game, I dunno if I was the only person watching the Final Fantasy movie thinking "This should be a video game" there was too much in the movie to be explained in that short time frame of a movie. I'm sure any good video game turned into a movie will probably be bad since we're expecting too much of it. And they'd try to make a blockbuster, not a movie that's true to the game. But then again Final Fantasy Avant Children is coming out, that seems like it's true to the story of Final Fantasy and not just trying to be some movie that just happens to have the name of a popular video game in it when having almost nothing to do with the game itself (Mario Brothers.)

tombraider (1)

ryanw (131814) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960743)

AH come on, tombraider the MOVIE was much more exciting than the video games. Well, at least the later ones. Sure, I loved making Lara Croft run around for hours on end with minimal action, but the movies were much more fullfilling and conclusive to what was going on than the video games.

It's not the game, it's the writing (5, Insightful)

weston (16146) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960745)

There are a couple of basic problems with translating a video game to a movie:

(1) Most video games have thin, unelaborated setup plots. Nobody cares when it's the game, as long as the play/action is good. When it comes time to move things to the silver screen, though, it's much more important.

(2) A good video game movie could be based on a character's adventure in the world set up by the game -- but in addition to simply treating it as a sequence of scenes where the character accomplishes the same goals as the video game (or even some new goals you make up), and throwing in cool effects and kick-butt action, you'd have to make the character emotionally and intellectually three-dimensional. Why do they do what they do? Where are they vulnerable and strong? How do they grow/change over the course of the movie? However, most video game movies don't try to do this at all -- just walk through the levels, kids! -- and so you get bored out of your skull.

How About... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960758)

Half-Life the Movie?

Willow? (3, Insightful)

ratboot (721595) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960761)

I remember an exception : Willow was a perfect match on screen and in its 16 colors pixel adaptation...

I just remembered I need to boot my computer... with my Tredair!

Movie idea based on a game is okay... (1)

Dark Lord Seth (584963) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960767)

... as long as it remains an idea. Games are meant to be played, not looked at. Movies are meant to be looked at and, apart from some oddbal anime cosplayers and the occasional fanatical Star Trek fan, not to be played out. Basically, it means these two forms of entertainment are diametrically opposed and hence it's not a very smart idea to cross them.

Same thing the other way around.

Helmetless and nothing else... (1)

axis_omega (771398) | more than 9 years ago | (#8960775)

Will we see Samus helmetless and out of her power suit? Will it just be another tired Aliens clone?

If they make a film on Metroid one day, and Samus isn't naked at least once in the film.
You can call the SWAT Team, to contain all the riot caused by Geeks and Nerds Metroid fan ...

Whats prettier than a girl with a big frozen beam?
A girl with two big frozen b...

The Simpson's Hit and Run (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#8960778)

That game has a whole world of colorful characters they could really create some stories around. It might sound crazy, but I think it might make a good movie or possibly a cartoon.
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