Gaming has come a long way since the glory days of 2D boards and sticky arcade buttons. Nowadays, an engaging story is just as much a part of the gaming experience as the gameplay itself, and year upon year the quality of plot in video games seems to improve. In fact, a good number of recent games have proven more engrossing than half the stuff being churned out by Hollywood lately.
In the past, video game developers have looked to the big screen for new ideas, always on the hunt for a potential adaptation of a popular picture. With so many film-worthy games already out there and a number of talented writers and developers creating more by the month, perhaps it is time for film studios to repay the compliment and look for inspiration in the world video games.
Seeing as there as so many to choose from, pointing out a game that would make a great movie is the easy part. The challenge is putting that game in the hands of a director who is capable of making a faithful adaptation of it, true not only to the original story but to the style and feel of the game, something which has never happened in the past.
Of all 33 films based on video games listed on Rotten Tomatoes, not one has a rating of more than 50%. Games have never been done justice on the big screen, and they never will be until the top players in the motion picture business are put to work adapting the best of them.
And luckily some games immediately suggest themselves for the perfect big name directors...