The last few offerings of video game-inspired movies *inserts VHS tape into player* have left many hardcore gaming fans wanting to hit the reset button. For those who are fully immersed in the geek lifestyle, how many times have you left the movie theatre after watching a video game-inspired flick only to find everybody wandering out like they just witnessed a train wreck. Silent, shell-shocked, and jaws dragging behind them like carry-on luggage at the airport. That walk to the parking lot peppered with exclamations like, “Bruh, what the fu*k just happened?”
While we’d all wish the two industries could just get along, from what we’ve seen so far, Hollywood has released only two types of video game-inspired movies so far; those which have failed, and those which have failed badly. And with the not-so-recent big-budget boo-boo Warcraft, sadly it seems like this trend isn’t going to change anytime soon.
But, we’re not here to take a dump on these stinkers or the folks that make them. Mainly because, if there’s one thing, we’ve found out the hard way, that there are few things harder than adapting a video game for the big screen. To take a proactive approach to this sad situation, let’s take a look at the reasons why Hollywood hasn’t been able to get the formula right for so long. So, let’s plop that big-ass video-game inspired movie on the autopsy table and begin dissecting all the guts and splash around in the blood that pumps in the heart of a video game-inspired movie’s story.