Video games and their popularity:
Playing video games are unquestionably one of the most popular pastimes of more than half of the world’s kids and teenagers. In fact with immense technological development, video games are no longer just restricted to any particular age bracket. The popularity of the video game has been so much so that it has transcended boundaries of age and nationality. The latest video games are in great demand, and video game loyalists queue up to buy the latest versions of their favorite video game at soon as it hits the stores, and also new video games that catches their fancy. It is true that there is a lot of money in video games, and the video game vendors of popular video games have been literally raking in the money.
Video games have the potential to catch a person’s attention very fast. In fact video games can be extremely addictive, and quite a number of people have been reported to be suffering from moderate to serious cases of video game addiction. Technology has advanced by leaps and bounds, and with that video games have also undergone a radical change. Nowadays video games have become more interactive, with remarkable graphics, with real life simulation. Online video games, where you can compete against virtual strangers have also become extremely popular. Video games can be played on almost any platform, ranging from cell phones, to handheld gadgets, to personal computers, and even on Xbox and PlayStation. Multiplayer gaming is one of the biggest features of gaming networks and online gaming. Xbox Live, PlayStation Network and WiiWare are some digital media services that allow users to download and play video games very quickly.
The birth of video game movies:
The immense success of video games has directly resulted in the creation of video game movies, which are basically adaptations of the most popular video games like Max Payne, Tron, House of the Dead, Mortal Kombat, Resident Evil, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Price of Persia: Sands of Time, and indeed many others. The birth of video game movies occurred sometime in the 1980s. None of the video game movies that were created since then could ever match up to the standards of the video games from which they were adapted from, with the possible exception of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider. Most of the video game movies have been absolute flops. The man who single handedly championed the creation of some of the worst video game movies is Uwe Boll. He is a director, producer and screenwriter of German origin who has produced some of the worst movie adaptations of video games that were ever made. His films were produced under the banner of KG Boll Productions. From the early 90s to the present day he continues to make some of the worst movies.
Failure of these video game movies:
None of the video game movies that were produced could ever match up to the standard or the popularity of the video game in question. Film makers like Uwe Bull have tried to cash in on the popularity of video games, but have ended up creating some of the worst films ever made. The most important reason behind the failure of video game movies is probably the tendency of a film adaptation of a video game to differ drastically from the video game itself. Video game loyalists could not take it in their stride and consequently most video game movies have bombed at the box office. Film adaptations of video games have been mostly done by Uwe Boll, a German film maker who has been dubbed as the Ed Wood of video game movies. For those who are still clueless, Ed Wood is regarded as the worst film maker of all time.
Uwe Boll, the Ed Wood of video game movies:
Uwe Boll has unsuccessfully tried to cash in on the video game craze by directing and producing a string of video game movies that have been critical and commercial failures. Uwe Boll has been producing movies from the 1990s till date, and none of the movies that he made could ever attain any success. He has been ridiculed as one of the worst film makers of all time, yet he still continues to produce and direct video game movies with enormous zeal. Uwe Boll has directed and produced a number of movies under the KG Boll banner. Some of these movies include: Blackwoods (2002), Heart of America (2002), House of the Dead (2003), Alone in the Dark (2005), Blood Rayne (2005), Seed (2007), Postal (2007), Far Cry (2008), They Wait (2008), Stoic (2009), Rampage (2009), Darfur (2009), Final Storm (2010), Bluberella (2011), Auschwitz (2011) and In the Name of the King (2011).
Lara Croft- the only exception:
Most of the worst video game movies have bombed at the box office, and have been both critical and commercial failures. The only exception is Lara Croft: Tomb Raider which has become extremely popular, and has won rave reviews. This is perhaps the only instance where a film version of a video game could achieve some success. But the success of Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is thought be an exception to the general fate of video game movies. Many are of the opinion that this movie was a success solely because of the popularity of the actress Angelina Jolie.
Worst video game movies ever:
Max Payne is probably one of the worst video game movies ever and it has received hundreds of negative reviews. Rotten Tomatoes gave it a rating of 16%. Max Payne was a 2008 noir action film that was directed by John Moore. Max Payne video game loyalists cried foul the moment this movie was released. It wasn’t loyal to the video game, and couldn’t match up to the standards of the Max Payne video game. As a result this movie was dubbed as one of the worst video game movies ever made.
No video game movie has been able to match up to the success of the immensely popular video games from which they were adapted from. Video game movies are now a dying genre as people have realized that keep up to the high expectations of video game fanatics is by no means an easy task.