Static Podcast: How To Make Video Game Movies Good

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    With video game movies, I feel many movies make the mistake of trying to mimic the game. A game is a living breathing experience, and very dynamic in nature, so every persons experience is different, and thats unique to the medium.

    A movie can tap into that, and should, but its something they largely seem to try to replicate, and I think that is central to why so many fail.

    Be the backstory, flesh out those bits and pieces that are brushed over in the games, and add to the lore that way. The Assassins Creed movie is reportedly two thirds about the animus rather than the assassinating part of the game for example, and I think thats a good thing.

    The animus is what ties the games together, but as fans, we dont really know that much about it. So use the movie to tell us, and enhance that gaming experience.

    Mario Bros movie is great and I'll fight anyone who says otherwise :P

    Prince of Persia was pretty good I thought, I remember thinking at the time that it was probably the best VG movie I'd seen. The only thing that really bugged me about that was the Prince's expositional explanation of game mechanics to make sure the audience didn't miss it - "so you're telling me that if I push this button I can REVERSE TIME?" Bleh. Rest of it was fine though.

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