>Video game adaptations aren’t trying to win over fans of the game; they’re trying to find new fans who haven’t played them. They are attempts at using the familiar elements of the intellectual property to attract new viewers. It’s no different than adapting a novel, comic book or Broadway musical. The goal is to take something immensely popular and refashion it for film or television. The harsh reality is that owners of these intellectual properties have already made their money from the gamers. Now they’re looking for new fans in new mediums
One fucking problem with this line of thinking!
If the goal is to attract new people towards the franchise that is being adapted, why would you sell people on a product that doesn't exist? In the case of Halo
, why would you make a TV soap opera about humanity screwing each other over (Both figuratively and literally) to entice people to play an FPS that's a straight-forward guerilla war in space? In the case of Death Note
, why would you make an after school special about dumb kids doing dumb things via magic for the purposes of selling people on a cheesy supernatural detective comic?
>They want name recognition and some cool visuals. They want the surface level elements that can be marketed to new fans.
And, how are they going to attract new fans when the adaption that's being presented to the public, for the purposes of popularizing the original, in no way represent or even relates to the original product? To provide some examples of this, there was the Resident Evil
films. All of them I found to be stupid but entertaining action flicks, but they in no way represent the games that they're advertising. Resident Evil
isn't some a character action game during a zombie outbreak, and Doom
isn't about stopping an alien plague that killed off humanity's ancestors. If people wanted those types of games, then they need to refer to titles like Dead Rising
and Dead Space
, because the Resident Evil
games are about the unluckiest people on the planet being caught in the middle of a series of bio-engineered warfare experiments and the Doom
games are about a lone space marine fighting against the armies of Hell just so that he can get back home alive.