Why Do Videogame Films Fail?

It makes sense from a logical perspective. Nearly every corner of our popular culture, from television to comic books, from old movies to amusement park rides, has unearthed successful movie franchises. So, it would only follow that videogames would be a fertile ground for such stuff, right?

Well, as much as no one seems to want to be the bearer of bad tidings, the answer, given the empirical truth, is no. Videogame movies, as a genre, are a wasteland of failed efforts, from the tiny of scale to the quite large. From Super Mario Brothers, the first film ever based on a videogame, right up until last week's In The Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale, not a single one of these films has been what you'd call an unqualified success. But, why? Why can no one make a successful film from a videogame franchise?

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cloud360-7th_account4665d ago

its not the video or film the person who makes them is an ***

Uwe boll messes them all up...

Next its movies based on Anime they will dominate

Nicosia4665d ago

The biggest problem with these movies are is that they don't keep to the core story. They change to much of the idea, with director going wild. keep the orginal structure, make sure the hardcore is satisfied. There is too much tinkering to make it great for everyone, and that is just bad logic. People like W.S. Anderson stray to much of the plot, fans want the orginal stuff...if pr exec. did it this way they would attract way more people.

resistance1004665d ago

I would call the Resident evil films successful

cmrbe4665d ago

yes but the second one was god awful

cmrbe4665d ago

i think is that Hollywood don't treat game-movie adaptions with respect. They don't put enough resources into them because they know it already has a following therefore it will do well in the box office relative to its budget. Until Hollywood start using A-list directors,Actors, writers. I doubt this will change very much.

WilliamRLBaker4665d ago

Why use Chronicles of riddick? its not based upon a game....

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