Over the past few years, few genres have thrived quite as thoroughly as comic book movies. Now, we like these movies as much as the next guy but we can’t help but think we need a new genre to take a gauntlet for a little while, as things have started getting a little repetitive. Let’s face it, we’ve got comic book movie fatigue. One genre that we believe could take the world by storm in the coming future is movies inspired by games. After all, there have already been so many – some good, some garbage – and it’s about time they got the attention they deserve.
Movies inspired by gambling have been extremely popular in the past and continue to gain large audiences to this day. This is probably due to the fact that casinos continue to flourish both in traditional brick-and-mortar buildings and online. In fact, the online casino industry is predicted to be worth over $50 billion by the end of 2017. Online casino providers offer an array of games including bingo, slots and even free casino games such as roulette, poker and blackjack just to accommodate the huge audience that online gambling has reached. But there’s also a great range of variants in these games – a range which seems to mirror the variety of casino-inspire films.
Of course, it’s not just your every-day people who can be found in casinos. we’ve seen James Bond often sit at the tables, many gangster and Wild West movies include infamous poker scenes and there are now multi-million dollar comedy franchises like The Hangover where gambling is a major part of the plot. Some of these movies are even based on true stories, including Casino, Rounders and Two For The Money, where audiences can really experience the true raw, raunchy atmosphere of a casino. We think this goes without saying, but we need more well-made, exciting movies based in casinos.
A movie genre that has not done as well as its gambling counterpart so far is video game movies. A quick search on the internet will reveal that whilst plenty of movies based on video games have been released over the past 23 years, they do tend to be mediocre at best according to critics and audience ratings. The very first video game adaptation was the infamous 1993 flick Super Mario Bros, which many believe was a mediocre attempt to ride on the back of the 1980’s gaming boom. Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat and many other arcade game-based movies followed with disastrous results (often with great soundtracks, though!)
However, despite the massive amount of failure Hollywood faced with every release, the industry continued to create movies as more consoles and games were released. Through the Tomb Raider, Resident Evil and Prince of Persia franchises, Hollywood persevered, hoping to give fans the movie adaptation they deserved. Unfortunately, this is yet to happen.
However, as our fellow gamers will know, video games arguably appear to feature a lot more story than they used to. These days, games are made to evoke emotions and allow players to experience stories like never before. One thing for certain is that more people play video games now than ever in history. This means that upcoming video game movies will have more to work on and will hopefully be a lot more engaging and a lot less enraging.
We can’t say for sure that movie adaptations of games will ever see the same level of success as comic book movies – but we can hope.