It wouldn't exactly be a stretch to say that, more often or not, video game movies don't live up to the promise of properly adapting a beloved IP into a fully fledged blockbuster. It seems like it should be an open goal, right? I mean there's already a script and story made, it should just be a case of converting it into filmic form, but unfortunately no, we, the audience, often end up with cinematic drivel.
However, that's not to say that every single video game film is awful. In fact, some are very good, beloved by fans and critics alike. Not everything can be a high budget blockbuster though. And so we get the short film.
These shorts seem to come out with a more consistent quality than the silver screen counterparts, even if they're usually fan made and not officially licensed by the IP holder. Fan films often seem to gain more renown than their licensed brethren, achieving cult appeal amongst the fans of the original video games - that could be through a sense of ownership over their adored fiction, rather than it being adapted and sold back to them.
And so, let us celebrate the best short films based on video games, the officially produced and the fan films.