Video Games That Should Be Movies (and Movies that Should Be Video Games)
Editor’s Notes: Video Games: The Movie opens in limited release on July 18.
To call the history of the interplay between movies and video games “spotty” would be to commit an act of startling charity. Who could forget such classic films as Double Dragon or Street Fighter, not to mention the whole oeuvre of the highly esteemed Uwe Boll? Going the other way, most video games based on movies wear their money-grabbing on their sleeves, exerting little by way of flair, polish, or sometimes even basic competency. This sordid past tends to make those of us who value both media a bit glum, considering the vast potential for crossover the two seem to have. A few recent films like Scott Pilgrim vs. the World have shown that a video game aesthetic can be bracing on the big screen, and there are enough half-decent movie video games to demonstrate that there is potential in that avenue as well. To push filmmakers and video game designers along their merry ways, I have come up with four video games that would make interesting movies (with suggestions for adaptations included), and four films that are begging to have their worlds more fully elaborated on in video game form. I’ve tried with this list to push beyond the glaringly obvious to come up with some titles that would make for offbeat but entertaining adaptations.