Screen to Screen: TV shows and Movies Becoming Games
Games have always been looking to various places for inspiration. You can look at a list of recent releases and it’s a safe bet that there will be games based on sports leagues, comics, books, movies, and more. The ability to put you in the world of existing media or to take control of what happens has always been a big appeal of video games and this shows no signs of stopping.
Some games based on TV shows will often be straight adaptations of the characters and stories, but others will be different. In the case of Telltale’s Game of Thrones, it features characters and plots not featured in the show, allowing for new things to me played and added to the mythos. South Park: The Stick of Truth acts as a new episode of the series and let’s you authentically experience the show but in a new way. Some of the biggest blockbuster movies become slots, so you can play online slots based on Batman, Game of Thrones and James Bond that feature sounds and images relevant to the source material. The Traveller’s Tales Lego games have took a comedic approach to film series such as Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Star Wars and more.
A common problem with video games based on TV and film has been the quality. Countless games have been produced that have been created solely to tie-in with a TV or movie release and because of this, they’ve had to be rushed, not had access to all of the necessary resources, have been low budget and so on. Some of the most notorious of these are E.T. the Extra Terrestrial for Atari 2600, South Park for PC and PSX, The Simpsons Wrestling for PSX, Ju-on: The Grudge for Wii, Thor: God of Thunder for PS3 and Star Trek for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC.
There have, of course, been many exceptions in which some high quality games have been developed from a movie or TV series. GoldenEye 007 for N64 revolutionised the FPS genre and is still considered a classic to this day, despite being a tie into a major movie. Spider-Man 2 is based on the film and is widely regarded for its web-swinging mechanics that have never been matched. Ghostbusters: The Video Game from 2009 was beloved by fans for it’s continuation of the series, it’s dialogue and voice acting.
As long as games are being made, they will always be adapted from TV and films, so whatever you next see on the big or small screen could soon be coming to your console.