The path of TV show into video game is one seldom travelled, and for good reason. Over the years of gaming history, few attempts have really caught fire, with even hugely acclaimed, popular, and cinematic dramas like The Sopranos and Game Of Thrones receiving lukewarm reviews for their interactive creations.
For obvious reasons, sitcoms receive the adaptation treatment even less frequently, but there have actually been a few comedy games that have worked well. The Simpsons has been licensed to death, but a couple of their games are well worth your while, and more recently the South Park team have been hands on in developing genuinely good spin offs..
With that in mind, what other sitcoms are ripe to be reimagined as video games? While the humble comedy tends to focus on the smaller, more contained plots, there are still many properties that would lend themselves well to the medium, whether due to the concept, the characters, or simply the vibe or world of the show that would be enjoyable to run around in.
Whether or not these would ever come to fruition, if any games companies are looking for fresh ideas, we think these are winners.
While the low concept Seinfeld seems ill fitting for a video game adaptation, games designer/illustrator team Jacob Janerka and Ivan Dixon think otherwise. They’ve produced a trailer for a Seinfeld point and click adventure, with a pitch to write a story faithful to the tone of the beloved sitcom.
A Seinfeld story without the involvement of Jerry or Larry David, though, should strike fear into the hearts of the show’s fans. Instead, how about a game in the vein of Animal Crossing - only instead of the warm hearted villages, this would be an anti-social simulator, set in the bustling, uncaring city.
Seinfeld: The Game would see the player design a surprisingly plush apartment, then utilise techniques of pettiness, social faux pas, and ill conceived schemes to ensure no one wants to go anywhere near you.
Strike up a mutual animosity with a local fruit vendor! Enter into, then quickly wriggle out of, relationships that seem perfectly fine on the surface! With seasonal DLC like the Festivus pack, Seinfeld: The Game About Nothing is the cynical experience we need today.