Published on November 8th, 2021
A video game is not just a video game. It’s an experience, it’s an adventure, and sometimes, it’s art. As kids of the 80s and 90s we all grew up with some form of gaming – Nintendo or Atari; Gameboy or Sega; PlayStation or Xbox.
The medium has come so far in its 30-year history that these games are more like interactive movies than anything else. With advancements in technology, you can use gaming consoles for various purposes.
For instance you can not only play games on xbox, you can also stream Disney Plus on it too. Even if you live in a country where Disney+ is not supported, you can simply use a VPN and streamway.
Now, the question arises, why aren’t most of the video games made into movies? Well, there’s a lot of reasons.
One, they’re too expensive to make into movies – it would take hundreds of millions of dollars to get everything right.
Two, the game only has so much story that can be told in one sitting. Three, you’d run into the problem where any sequel is more of the same and less exciting than its predecessor.
But that doesn’t stop us from dreaming about our favorite games coming to life on the big screen! We’ve come up with 5 examples that could work as films without sacrificing their integrity or authenticity in the process:
1. Grand Theft Auto
Grand Theft Auto is a video game with a remarkably rich and interesting story. It is set in the fictional city of Los Santos in America and all throughout the world.
The game follows the story of three different criminals: Claude, Micheal and Carl. The three criminals live in Los Santos and work together to commit crimes around the city.
The people in Grand Theft Auto have to deal with police chases, gang wars, murder, theft, drugs, prostitution and so on.
These types of stories can be hard to pull off on film because they are often full of violence or other distasteful material but there are millions of fans of this video game who would love to see it come alive on the big screen. If a good director took this on, it could be the next great gangster film.
2. God of War
While Grand Theft Auto is a gritty drama about the seedy underbelly of crime in America, God of War takes cues from stories like The Iliad.
The world of God of War takes place in ancient Greece where Kratos’ goal is to destroy Ares – the god of war – who tricked him into killing his family.
He then embarks on a journey that eventually makes him fight Poseidon and Zeus in order to become powerful enough to take on Ares for good.
If done right, this story has everything you need for an epic adventure: betrayal, love, revenge, monsters and mythology. There are already rumors that this might be in development as a film.
3. Bioshock Infinite
Bioshock Infinite is a game that takes place in an alternate reality where people fight over the issue of segregation and racism.
The protagonist Booker DeWitt goes to this city named Columbia which has been separated from America proper and become its own nation with its own distinct culture.
It’s inhabitants worship the Founding Fathers and American exceptionalism while they themselves are segregated based on race or social class.
While this story certainly tackles some heavy subjects, I think it could be executed better than most action movies these days – especially by someone like Christopher Nolan who is known for his ability to deal with all different genres of films .
4. Half Life
Half-Life centers around the character Gordon Freeman. He was exploring a research facility and all of a sudden an explosion causes him to be thrown into another dimension called Xen that is populated by creatures called Xenians. He has to return to earth and stop the aliens from destroying it.
Gordon enters this new world with nothing but his suit, a crowbar and one goal: exploring, fighting and surviving without any help. This is only the beginning of his journey as he takes on headcrabs, zombies and other enemies in order to find the portal that will allow him back to earth.
5. The Sims
The Sims seems like such a simple game at first glance – you create a character and then you play out their life. Your character has wants and fears.
But as you play, you can choose to make them do whatever you want – this means building their career, finding love, having kids or defeating all of your enemies. There are countless stories that could be told in The Sims.
The idea of turning this game into a movie is already being developed at the moment – Will Gluck will be directing it for Fox with a screenplay by Lisa Cholodenko who wrote The Kids are All Right .
As we all know, the movie industry is booming and shows no signs of slowing down. The gaming world has grown in popularity to make it one of the most profitable industries for entertainment companies alongside movies and TV Shows. From Nintendo to PS4, there are new games in the market every other day.
It’s not too far-fetched to say that Hollywood may be looking at video games as a new source of revenue with potential blockbuster hits such as “Super Mario Bros.” or “The Legend of Zelda” making their way into theaters soon enough.