Besides blogging, gaming and movies are my top 2 favourite pastimes. So what better way to participate in ProBlogger's "Top 5" group writing project than to blog about them.
It's sad but true. Movies based on video games have a well-deserved reputation for being downright suck-tastic. Consider for a moment the film adaptations of "Super Mario Bros.", "Doom", "Silent Hill", "Mortal Kombat", and "House of the Dead", need I say more??
Still, I bet gamers (especially hardcore ones) can't help but want to see their favourite video games and the characters that star in them brought to life on the big screen.
Here are five games I'd love to see made into movies -- good movies, that is.
F.E.A.R. is a terrifying first-person shooter that captures the sensation of being in wild and desperate firefights like no other game before it, and it's an incredible, kinetic, almost exhausting experience from start to finish. More than that, though, is the fact that it's also one of the most atmospheric and creepy games ever made, and in part, inspired by Japanese horror films.
F.E.A.R. works because it elevates first-person shooter combat to cinematic levels. And while gamers have certainly seen games with movie-quality combat before, you've never seen anything quite like this. Playing F.E.A.R. is like battling through a John Woo movie like Face/Off, because when firefights happen in this game, they're downright glorious to behold. Bullets tear chunks out of concrete and wood; blinding clouds of dust and debris fill the air; bodies are torn apart or slump on the ground; and the deathly silence of the aftermath contrasts so sharply with the sheer chaos that erupted only moments before.
One can't help but be reminded of "The Ring" when the ghostly little girl Alma makes her appearance, right out from the tube! So it seems only fitting that this eerie first-person shooter return to its film roots, bringing chills and bloody ills to theater audiences everywhere.
'Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time'
With its swashbuckling action, princely leading man and well-conceived story, this game has big budget action-adventure written all over it. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time takes place in a mystical Middle Eastern setting, all bathed in soft, warm light and looking like something straight out of a storybook. Think "Pirates of the Caribbean" meets "The Mummy." This game is simply made for the movies.
One of the best games of 2006, "Prey" offered not only some mind-bending game play but also a solid story with some real character development. Strong characters and great action are a few of the key ingredients of a good movie. And that's why "Prey's" story about a young Native American (Cherokee Indians) man struggling with his heritage while abducted by an evil alien race belongs on the silver screen. In the game, Prey opens with the main character yelling at himself in a bathroom mirror - a scene ready-made for the movies.
'World of Warcraft'
When it was released in November 2004, World of Warcraft raised the bar for the massively multiplayer genre, and more than two years later, none of its would-be competitors have even come close to matching it. Here is the online role-playing game any self respecting gamer should play, no matter who you are. This is because World of Warcraft brings out all the best aspects of this style of gaming, if not many of the best aspects of gaming in general.
When these qualities gets converted into a movie (at least a trilogy will only suffice), we will be looking at a sure winner, and an epic, no less.