Videogames on Screen

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We’ve seen a recent influx in video games being transformed into blockbusters and sent to the big screen. From Ratchet & Clank to World of Warcraft, characters from across the gaming universe are popping up in cinemas everywhere.

It’s not just franchises from X Box and PlayStation that are getting their moment in the cinematic spotlight, with The Angry Birds Movie hitting UK cinemas a few weeks ago. A game originally positioned as a distraction from the daily commute has been adapted to become a film with a budget of $73 million and a voice cast of Hollywood A-Listers.

The release of The Angry Birds Movie shows the extent to which the gaming industry in all its guises has infiltrated culture. Whilst traditionally it was expensive games such as Tomb Raider and Prince of Persia that were deemed acceptable entities to transition to film, now all games no matter how big or small seem to be prime material. This trend seems to be running parallel with the democratisation of gaming itself. It is no longer a phenomenon found only in the bedrooms of teenage boys – people of all ages and backgrounds are now involved, whether that be on a console or a smart phone.

 

The subject has got us thinking about which other smart phone gaming classics would make an interesting transition to the big screen…

Candy Crush Saga – When giant flying confectionery starts to fall from the sky it is a race against time to uncover a solution before everything becomes covered in sugar and food colouring.

Crossy Road – A mother bird has been separated from her baby chick. Now she must navigate her way through a seemingly endless crossway to be reunited.

Plants Vs Zombies – A killer virus has taken control of the human race, and nature holds the crucial anecdote.

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