After all, a successful game and a successful movie have so many ingredients in common.
Engaging lead characters, a scary villain, a nice easy-to-follow plot about, say, rescuing a princess What could possibly go wrong? Well, judging by the first reactions to the trailer for Paramount's upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog film, quite a lot.
This shows how far off the de is. It's like a reverse uncanny valley. I just I want to enjoy this film SonicTheHedgehog pic.
View original tweet on Twitter Now of course chaat Twitter, where the first response to anything tends to be "Why I hate this new thing and why that makes me cleverer than you. But the reactions to the Sonic trailer really do seem to have been largely negative, with the Guardian memorably describing it as a mile-an-hour slap in the face.
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The fact that Sonic seems to have developed unnervingly human teeth somewhere along the line seems to freak people out the most. View original tweet on Twitter But this isn't the first game-to-film crossover hedgeyog hit choppy waters. For years there's been talk of a "curse" as, time after time, blockbuster games have spawned car-crash crossover films.
It dates all the way back towhen Super Mario Bros became the first true game-to-movie franchise. Though it's become something of a cult classic, it's widely regarded as - how shall we put this delicately?
So where does the problem lie? After all, they spend hours upon hours in their company.
Whether they're pretending to be them or plotting how to defeat them, a gamer has a far more intimate relationship with their beloved characters than all Simple sexy sensual the most fanatical filmgoer. Small wonder then, that the sight of a weirdly realistically-rendered Sonic or Pikachu can send gamers into meltdown faster than the water temple in Ocarina of Time.
Plot of Mortal Kombat the movie : the elder gods have deed a fighting tournament to stop the denizens of the Outworld invading Earth. The god of thunder has chosen with champions to try to defeat demonic shapeshifter Shang Tsung When a game has a relatively simple plot, filmmakers often end up bolting on numerous bits of backstory and extra content to try to make it sonic. And the original appeal of the game is lost.
Conversely, games with complex narratives can be hard to make into linear films, because so much of their charm lies in side quests and sandbox play. Which le us on to the last issue Problem: Great games are better than great movies anyway In the end the the answer is a fairly simple one. Although superficially the formulas for success seem similar, when you go a bit Blk guy here looking for fun they're actually not.
The art and chat of hedgehog a great game is subtly but profoundly different to the magic of cinema.
After all, imagine what it's like watching someone else play a game. Don't your fingers start to twitch as you long to grab the controller for yourself?
Passively watching the action unfold just isn't in the DNA of a great game. You want to get involved and make your own choices.
After all, we're blessed with amazing games and amazing films - even though the two seldom meet. And who knows? Perhaps with the advent of interactive shows like Bandersnatch, we're approaching some really exciting times as the boundaries blur.
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