Video Game Movies

Why have I not seen a good movie based on a video game? I started thinking about this when we were working Gee’s principles. Are there principle in the game that become lost when the films turn the games into a Hollywood spectacle? It is just so weird that popular video games can bomb so hard at the box office. I personally have found some these movies entertaining while others were fair at best. Thoughts?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Kramer
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 10:14:00

    Part of the trouble of making video games into movies is that it is the nature of video games to be interactive, while movies are passive. People like controlling the video game character — in a certain way, becoming that character — and they can’t do that in a movie.


  2. Joyce Tseng
    Mar 11, 2011 @ 10:28:21

    i agree with maria. you loose the “agency” part of video games in movies. movies are boring when you can anticipate the next move whereas in video games you must choose that next move.

    though video games would be successful as movies due to the attachment of player to character (pokemon, yugioh).


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