Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck

Posted: January 18, 2011
Sessler's Soapbox: Why Video Game Movies Suck

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  • DarthPokingStick

    I respect your opinion, but Tolkiens books are marvelous works of art, they are a bit tough to swallow, but they are so imaginative and rich it's worth it.

    Posted: January 23, 2011 1:03 PM
  • kampfer_sama

    Movies are visual, as well as conveying a narrative. By stating that a film is visually appealing is some way(s), one is stating that the film is a valuable work. Movies bring live actors, dramatic/comedic timing, music and other supporting elements. This doesn't mean that they are better or more valuable, simply that the end product is inherently different and has the potential to be valuable in more varied ways.

    I agree with Adam's point that making movies based on video games that were based on movies is not an appropriate way to make good movies. IMHO, the Prince of Persia movie was only as good as it was because it took more of its inspiration from other movies than it did from its video game namesake. (As an aside, I thought it was unreasonable for G4 to criticize the "tutorial" part of the movie with as much fervor as they did. I saw it with people who knew nothing about the games and it was perfectly appropriate in their eyes.) However, it should be noted that many films based on existing works are often (subjectively) superior to the original material.

    In closing: Adam, chill. I don't care about Mark Wahlberg either.

    Posted: January 23, 2011 11:54 AM
  • freechild

    Why do anything... Life is subjective. If someone wants to make a movie, let them! If someone wants to make a video game, let them! If someone wants to jump off a bridge, stop them please... Adam just relax buddy and let "ART" breathe...

    Posted: January 23, 2011 11:32 AM
  • slipcasedprism

    "Let the Right One In" is another good example of the "bad book, good movie" thing. They made an English version called "Let Me In" but I don't know if it's any good.

    Posted: January 22, 2011 2:40 PM
  • smoe79

    Hmmm. I'm surprised that I disagree with Mr. Sessler . First off I thought Watchmen was a great movie. It was in no way as good as the graphic novel but did a great job of getting the feeling of the novel into movie form. The reason there is this need to make different forms of arts into the cinematic group is to get more people to know about the property since movies are more popular then say video games and comics. Now he is right that they usually don't translate well. But when translated well, say like to an extent Watchmen,Lord of the Rings, Scott Pilgrim, or like AMC's Walking Dead they get the word out about their art. If we take adaptations as more of an invitation to check out the original form of the art then i think things would work out a bit better. From what I have noticed, adaptations with out love of the original usually suck. But if the adaptation is made with love then it becomes something everyone can enjoy.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 8:33 PM
  • DigiHawk

    I agree, I mean, come on, The only ppl who enjoy movies based on video games, are the same ones who dont play the games, those are the same ppl who only watch other ppl play. It takes away the experiance of playing or being in the game....bottom line... I would rather play the game for myself, than watch someone else's experience or interpitation of the same game.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 2:07 PM
  • yourbigpalal83

    Hes right. MOST video game movies would end up sucking because, your taking an INTERACTIVE MEDIA and subtracting the INTERACTIVE part of it, deluding half of the product.

    Yes, some video game movies would be great as long as they got a very strong narrative, but most would end up sucking based on the fact that by the nature of adapting a game into a movie, your deluding its core value of interactivity.

    See, i think the real main issue is this, some stories work a hell of a lot better in the proper format. What makes a great comic doesnt mean it will make a good movie. Lots of producers read comics like there film storyboards. Some sequences might make amazing set pieces, but if the narrative doesnt support it, then you got just expensive eye candy with no depth or emotion.

    the key to any sucessful media story is LEARN TO TELL AN ENGAGING STORY THEN LEARN WHAT FORMAT FITS IT BEST.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 11:40 AM
  • firestorm713

    Agreed about Tolkein. Disagreed about basically everything else. Especially comic book movies. Some suck, some are awesome(Nolan's Batman). Marvel's civil war storyline makes a lot better video game than it did a comic, and all of the crises would work better as video games. While I hate the stream of endless adaptations, reboots, and sequels, I see their merit. Franchises are often what keeps the industry alive.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 10:16 AM
  • liarsthieves

    It would be like DOOM but Better

    Posted: January 21, 2011 8:11 AM
  • liarsthieves

    wait wait it is 4 word sorry :(

    Posted: January 21, 2011 8:10 AM
  • liarsthieves

    dang it 3 words

    Posted: January 21, 2011 8:09 AM
  • liarsthieves

    I got one word for U DUKE NUKEM THE MOVIE well 4 words.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 8:08 AM
  • smbndt

    And I thought I was the only one who does NERD-RANTS..... lol

    Posted: January 21, 2011 7:56 AM
  • vulgora

    whens my monopoly movie coming?!

    Posted: January 21, 2011 12:53 AM
  • Halapino9000

    The movie industry and game industry both have the same fatal flaw. The lack of originality. And to borrow your metaphor, we vote for that unoriginality. We purchase the same FPS iteration, just like we purchase a ticket to another comic book based movie.
    However, I think one could possibly make a great movie adaptation if you set it within the universe of the characters, but create a new, original storyline. That's why the Dark Knight has worked so well.
    Originality and risk is what's needed in both industries.

    Posted: January 21, 2011 12:28 AM
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    Posted: January 21, 2011 12:16 AM
  • TheRighteousFascist

    I think Apocalypse Now is one of the greatest films ever made, but I agree with you on most of your rant.

    Posted: January 20, 2011 7:56 PM
  • Seildor

    i laughed when you mentioned the lord of the rings movies because i completely agree there. i think that in some cases, however rare they might be, some art can translate to another media form in a good way. (ex: the dark knight)

    Posted: January 20, 2011 3:44 PM
  • Tovarish-Adun

    We are a part of the problem we sit here and demand that our favorite characters get their time on the silver screen and then complain about the fact that they never meet our wildly disproportionate expectations. We then turn around and shun new ideas because they do not offer the same comfort and familiarity as the X-Men, the Avengers, or even Max Payne. As for the Tolkien comments i say i enjoyed the Hobbit very much because this book while it was still based on a Hobbit was a true adventure tale that created a rich fantasy world that continues to inspire to this day as for the the Lord of the Ring series it was long and drawn out to the point that it lacked any focus most of the time. Also on a side note, Adam I'm very impressed, it takes huge balls to post a video like this, good work sir.

    Posted: January 20, 2011 7:55 AM
  • j-ray-j-ray

    ok, so i just watched this and Apocalypse Now was a very good anti war movie. It acknowledged Hearts of Darkness as much as it could Adam. You cant declare it was a bad movie, you can declare the Last Temptation of Christ was sacreligioust but that was the gold standard of filmaking. I like you, your funny but just keep those comments to yourself. Just Joking! Good movie though! Bought it on Blu Ray, later crazy adam! (:

    Posted: January 20, 2011 6:01 AM