The 82nd Annual Academy Awards have come and gone, and I’m pretty satisfied with the results. Christoph Waltz, Michael Giacchino, and, of course, The Hurt Locker and Kathryn Bigelow all took home gold dudes, and while I’m kind of bummed District 9 didn’t win anything, it will forever be an Oscar nominee, and that’s awesome.
Ok. That’s enough of that movie business talk. Let’s get to what really matters here: the fact that despite Steve Martin’s joke about Precious being “the one film that really lived up to its video game,” there were actually two best film nominees that have video games based on them: Avatar and UP (the first time this has ever happened by the way).
Naturally, this led me to ask the following question: How many best picture winners have been adapted into video games? Well, here’s the list: Ben-Hur, The Godfather, The Godfather II, Rocky, Platoon, Braveheart, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.
When you include best picture nominees, the list gets even bigger: The Wizard of Oz, Jaws, Taxi Driver (cancelled), Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T., Beauty and the Beast, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, and The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Interesting, no? Which of these games would you consider to be the best (We all know what the worst one is)? And which best picture winner had the best video game? What Oscar winning movies do you think would make great games?