Not long ago, Activision announced that they were developing a Call Of Duty cinematic world — otherwise known as “every war movie, technically.” On newspaper, this probably seems like a grand notion, right until you remember that other adjacent newspaper titled “Literally every video game movie is a failure.”

Mind you, I’m not went on to say that video game movies are bad , but rather that the vast majority of them are universally accepted as “so-so”( save for that one actually awesome one ), to the point where the highest-grossing cinema of its kind barely transgressed even at the box office. So will Call Of Duty , or any of the other upcoming modifications like Tomb Raider or Rampage , finally violate this curse?

I don’t think so. And here’s why 😛 TAGEND


Movie Studios Don’t Give A Shit About The Games Themselves

For something that cost a goddamn $125 million to stimulate, one would think the Assassin’s Creed movie would actually follow an assassin on his past jaunts. Instead, the filmmakers took the most boring and minor cutscenes of the games and constructed that 65 percent of the cinema. Audiences got two hours of Michael Fassbender straying a grey techno dungeon in futuristic sweatpants, and the cinema flopped harder than a skydiving manatee. Seriously, who in the goddamn hell thought that places great importance on the most difficult facet of those plays would depict mob? That’s like making a GTA movie centered on the yoga minigames.

So why was this disloyalty ever let? It might have something to do with this 😛 TAGEND

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That’s the director of the cinema casually mentioning that he hasn’t played video games since the days of neon blazers. Nor did Michael Fassbender have any firsthand familiarity with the series, despite starring in and also producing the film.

So, uh, studio folk … is it too much to ask that the people building our video game movies enjoy the games in question? That doesn’t seem like a tall order. Especially since any casual devotee of Assassin’s Creed would have instantly known that spending the first 45 minutes outside of the Animus was a boner way to draw outside audiences. And that is the phase, right? To depict general audiences to an already-successful-but-less-mainstream franchise? And so step number one is knowing why people already like it. I’m not even talking about the plot specifics here — simply the general tint. Jurassic Park wasn’t a perfect adaptation at all , but Spielberg surely got the gist of the reasons why it was a best-seller. He didn’t skim the book on the ride to the set before devoting 90 minutes to lab procedure scenes.

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“The turning point of the second act is a 15 -minute montage on proper exam glove removal.”

And here’s the wild thing: This happens all the goddamn time with video game movies. Actors and directors almost seem to boast about how little they know about the games they are adapting. “They dont have” other industry where person or persons would get millions of dollars to stimulate something they proudly forgot to understand. Elon Musk wouldn’t hire some unconcerned unicyclist to construct his rocket-powered gladiator balls that carry through the Earth; he’d get someone who was into that sort of thing.

This is probably why the CEO of Ubisoft has decided to simply make his own goddamn video game movie company. At this phase, we can’t actually trust studios not to altogether dick off with these properties. Merely guess what? Even if someone did make a perfect adaptation, there’s still a good chance that general audiences won’t bite …


Most Games Are Based On Movies To Begin With( Which Kills The Originality )

Despite its casting and crew having an apparent vampiric repulsion to the game, person must have indicated that the original Assassin’s Creed Animus isn’t supposed to look like a triple-jointed Transformer dick.

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“Yes … appear like … ”

I know this because Michael Fassbender explained in an interview that the decision to change its designing partially came from not was intended to transcript The Matrix , which also featured a sci-fi dentist’s chair that turned people into digital slaying acrobats.

This change was good in theory, considering that when you think about it, the broad strokes of the first three Assassin’s Creed plays are pretty much The Matrix . You have a protagonist plugging into a computer world where it was begins to take over superpower attributes in real life, only to sacrifice himself for “the worlds largest” good. It’s not one-to-one, but it’s clearly inspired in a way that might describes criticism from casual moviegoers.

And a lot of plays are like this, homages to the movies private developers grew up with. Duke Nukem gushes lines from They Live and Evil Dead , Max Payne borrows from old noir movies, GTA tributes Scarface , Goodfellas , Menace II Society , and Boyz N The Hood . Tomb Raider and Uncharted took cues from Indiana Jones . Hell, Doom was originally designed to be an Aliens game. So it’s no ponder that a movie like Warcraft ( which was good, you guys) tired audiences out after everyone already got sick of The Hobbit .

I’m all for basing movies off of popular plays, but once it’s time to adapt, this is where you fall down the trap of “unoriginality” that causes filmmakers to drastically pivot from the source substance, often to the ire of fans. On the other hand, when you’re trying draw in new fans, your tale needs to resonate like a banshee shriek in a valley — which you can’t do by copying the last guy. It’s a catch-2 2 — one that I have no suggestion for solving. Especially since this entire balancing act might be completely moot, thanks to the dreadful power of science.


We’re Psychologically Unable To Accept Video Game Movie Protagonists

Here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter if I’m mining to craft or raiding tombs or zero-dawning the horizon. It’s always me behind the wheel. Sure, I may be a 19 -year-old Korean pixie flooring a space cowboy with mech bullets, but when I teabag his dead face, those are my balls stamping his rugged brow. I control the character and therefore imprint my own personality on it, which stimulates it super hard to see some other interpretation that doesn’t align with my own. I’m not crazy, either; science has my back here.

Psychologists and researchers going back to Freud have found that audiences implant themselves into every fictional character they admire, and no greater connection has been received than the one we stimulate in video games. It’s obvious when you think about it — and why we typically opt heroes to be super-powered, moral, and tits-deep in the sexuality. As one study concluded after observing thousands of gamers, we’re qualified since childhood to adopt parts of a protagonist’s identity to fulfill an escapist or cathartic fantasy. In other words, we take the parts we want, and fill the rest with our own selves like a reverse Borg. And so everyone playing a game like Horizon Zero Dawn is going to cobble their own personal interpretation of that character and stimulate in-game decisions based around that.

And this connection stimulates us super picky when it comes time to watch a movie version of our projection. Even a really unique character like Joel from The Last Of Us or Trevor from GTA will always have a personal stank their movie depictions lack.

Think of it like the end of Being John Malkovich , where you go from puppeting your very own body to being trapped in someone else’s. It’s hard to spend nine Assassin’s Creed plays silently infiltrating the opponent, only to watch Michael Fassbender charge in like a wayward Sir Lancelot. It’s no ponder people will get upset when a brooding protagonist like Max Payne gets saddled with Marky Mark. That shit is crass, tragic, and frustrating — like watching a buff get neck-broke by a bone-armored ruler. Not to mention that in modern plays, everyone increasingly possesses the ability to change their fate. We control the narrative and pacing of the tale through the gameplay … which just so happens to be the one thing no movie going to be able to give us.


Video Game Movies Take Away The Primary Reason We Adoration The Source Material

Go find any online poll asking people what the most important aspect of video games are, and the answer will be “gameplay” or “mechanics.” Because fucking plainly . It’s not that gamers don’t am worried about tale( it’s typically the second-most important thing in those polls ), but rather that without a fun gameplay experience, it actually doesn’t matter if it’s the goddamn Maltese Falcon . I also don’t belief I’m shocking anyone by announced today that a game doesn’t even require much of a tale to be fun. Something like Doom is running on a bare-bones plot, and it is nevertheless glorious.

There are even studies receiving that video games are now the primary source of “adventure” in teenage life, long overshadowing the vintage amusements of forest porn and drifter corpse poking. Gameplay auto-mechanics are essentially the element which brings life to this industry, and also something that every cinema version is forced to tear away from the fans. It’s essentially taking a game and removing the primary reason people enjoyed it in the first place. At best , this equates to the same experience as your sibling hogging the controller. At worst , this is removing the entire emotional connection we have with the characters.

See, for anyone who doesn’t play-act a lot of plays, this might not seem like a huge difference — except that we’ve now gotten to a phase where controlling your character is intertwined with the narrative aspects of the experience. It’s not a series of cutscenes anymore, but often an interactive blending of tale and control, as your activities determine the pacing and ordering in which things unfold. Like two worlds colliding through some mystic portal, “story” and “gameplay” are completely intertwined in sequences like this …

… from The Last Of Us . Joel and Ellie meander through a beautiful abandoned town, controlled by the player, while the narrative and character growing buds organically in the dialogue and various interactions with the set pieces. And that’s fucking incredible, isn’t it?

In fact, you could argue that this sort of sequence is the evolution of storytelling. And guess what that would stimulate movies?


In Words Of Versatility, Movies Are A Major Downgrade From Video Games

Before TV get wicked hardcore, there was a certain appeal to seeing our favorite characters on the big screen. The influences and budget were bigger, the facet ratio was wider, and there was a very real chance we could hear them mention curse words or perhaps depict some skin. Who wouldn’t want to see < i> X-Files: Fight The Future when it potentially meant that David Duchovny might flash a ball or two? Cinema undoubtedly added something to the fandom. Same goes for volumes, which we all know are a fucking drag. Who doesn’t want to see their favorite literary or comic character adapted in the flesh? Heck, even remakes offering the chance to see an updated and modernise version of a tale … or failing that, the absolute train wreck retelling of your cherished nostalgia.

But what does a video game adaptation add to the original?

Other than this .

Sure, back in the days of GameShark there was the promise of visualizing a higher-resolution King Koopa or Blanka, but now that graphics are toe-to-toe with CGI? Make me a transgres. Modern plays appear awesome, nearly on par with a movie like Warcraft . So when you intersect that off the list, a cinema adaptation is a big step backward from the games “they il be” banking on.

I’m not mentioning movies are extinct, but rather that they are to games what novelizations are to them. At best, they’re the crazy-fueled EU comics to games’ original Star Wars trilogy.

It jolts my brain that we aren’t doing the opposite and pushing to stimulate more great video game modifications from original movies. For when becoming video games into movies armies filmmakers to remove components … doesn’t that mean adapting movies to plays would add components? It surely stimulates more appreciation, right? Especially when plays have gotten so mainstream that there’s almost no change to its implementation of production. And speaking of precisely that …


Modern Video Games Are Basically Movies Anyway

Going back to the intro of this article, why exactly would we need a Call Of Duty movie? To make money? Well , no, because it’s already a best-selling game series. To add star power? No again; both Kevin Spacey and Kit Harington have appeared, appearing precisely like they do in movies. To see a realistic version of video games? Nope! As I already pointed out, the graphics of these plays are all but reality-level anyway. So what’s the appeal of intersecting mediums? Why do we need a Call Of Duty movie when every new Call Of Duty is already a movie ?

Games are now constructed the exact same route as blockbusters.

Besides the skull-gaping explosion of terror-maw in the latter image, there’s no big difference between that game’s production and the film’s. Video games are now constructed in the same soundstages that movies are, often with the same crew. Direction and stunts are treated identically. Graphics have enabled the hiring of costume and prop designers. Video game performers are beginning to unionize and get paid the same as performers. As Andy Serkis will tell you, the rehearsal and process is the same if you’re playing a monkey in a Hollywood film or playing a money in a platform adventure. We’ve reached crest monkey across the board.

Now the merger is nearly complete between these two worlds, creating a serious competition between developers and film studios. Movies shouldn’t be blithely accommodating this work, but afraid they are able to lap them in tale and feeling. And you know what? It has begun.

Out of all the movies that came out in 2013, The Last Of Us had one of my favorite tales, despite being constructed with Crash Bandicoot money. The acting was great. I actually teared up during it like some big stupid baby-man failure. And it terminated on an emotional cliffhanger that reached me like a winging ice spear. And as this trend develops, that’s a taste of things to come.

So why in the shine hell would I need to see the upcoming movie version of that? That’s like doing a cable TV version of Lord Of The Rings right after Return Of The King . It’s like going from a four-armed prince ogre to a mere mortal. It’s like giving up your electric deity powers to fight in a human tournament. It’s like reverting from your assassin dragon animality. We’re done with that period , guys. And for that reason, we have to accept that we’ll likely never see another video game movie as awesome as the one exception to this rule. That astonishing, flawless succes of a franchise nobleman knows you’ve been thinking about the whole time you read this. But regrettably, you can only rewatch BloodRayne so many times before requiring more .

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