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Flashback Friday: Why Do Video Game Movies Go So Wrong?

by Sean P. Aune | January 21, 2011January 21, 2011 2:41 pm PDT

No matter how strong a story a video game has, why does it seem that no one can ever into a decent movie?

Earlier this week we brought you the news that Mortal Kombat: Rebirth is being turned into a Web series, and while not exactly a movie, we all remember the Mortal Kombat video game movies that went so wrong.  Sure the trailer looked appealing prior to seeing the movie, but then once you saw it, you just shook your head and thought, “How could they go so wrong?” And then you saw Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and you realized they could go even more to the wrong side of things.

Of course, the list of video game movies gone wrong isn’t limited to the Mortal Kombat films, you can throw on Super Mario Brothers, House of the Dead (I still think it should have been a Typing of the Dead movie) and those two dreadful, but unrelated to one another, Street Fighter movies.

And when you think about it, the Street Fighter movies are probably the ultimate example of how it just seems no one gets out.  How could two separate teams work from source material that has a pretty full back story and both mess it up?  Well, apparently it is possible, and we have a shining example of it.

True, there have been some decent – or should we say, “at least watchable” – video game movies such as the two Tomb Raider films.  The Resident Evil series has spun off into its own little world, but at least the story is okay.  I’ve never played any of the Silent Hill games, but I enjoyed the movie enough that if it’s on, I watch it again.  So, not all of them go horribly wrong, but it sure does seem like it’s the majority of them.

What say you?  Any thoughts on how video game movies keep getting so horribly botched?


Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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