What do Hollywood and the gaming industry have in common? A lot, if you ask serious gamers. Both industries are built on entertaining you, and when they team up, it’s either a raving success or a weak attempt to capitalize on your loyalty to your favourite game.
There’s been plenty of examples of both instances. Expert Lucas Goldberg shares some of the best game-themed movies of all time. Take a look at his author profile here to see his credentials. Get your popcorn ready as we delve into every type of hybrid movie that crossed over from Canadian PC screens to Hollywood.
Whether it’s movies about gambling that make you want to find a low deposit casino or video game movies on Netflix, here follows a must watch movie checklist you’re going to want to see. Yes, films based on gambling are real; anime films about gambling are a prime example.
But, let’s get back to Hollywood and the new Lara Croft, shall we?
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Many of you might be asking the same question about this iconic movie/video game. If you thought it was impossible to replace Angie on the big screen, think again. The young Alicia Vikander brings new depth to the title character of this collector’s item on DVD movie and game shelves.
The movie doesn’t draw too much on its game counterpart’s icons or action but instead uses the character’s vulnerability under a strong exterior. Instead, it focuses on a typical Hollywood-type storyline that’s ripe for a sequel. Whether it leads to a trilogy or the film inspires more games, the world will always be ready for more Lara Croft action.
The movie version of the video game will get a top-spot on your favourites list. It’s the perfect remake of a harrowing tale of the eternal rift between the Templar Order and The Creed. It’s filled with all the glitz and glamour only a top-notch cast of A-listers can bring to the screen.
In many ways, Assassin’s Creed (the film) paved the way for moviegoers to take this genre seriously. What else could you expect with Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender and Michael K Williams adorning the big screen?
Serious gamers will expect a homage to Avatar: The Last Airbender, right? Instead, our focus is on the epic James Cameron tale. It follows the main character, Jake, and his avatar falling in love with the life of the Na’ vi tribes in outer space. It was a groundbreaking movie in special effects where reality and computer-generated characters came to live together.
If you love all things gaming, you’ll love this movie. The fact that the main character could transport himself into another body, a mythical alien creature, is precisely what you do when you play video games. The synergy is undeniable, and the graphics immerse you into a tale of fighting off evil for good to prevail. You can’t get more video game-like action on the big screen if you tried.
If ever there was a video game perfect to be transformed into a Hollywood hit, it’s Warcraft. Duncan Jones carefully nurtured the storyline and characters and paid tribute to the game with its film version. The graphics and animations are stunning and make your favourite game even more vivid as you know each character. The fact that the movie grossed a whopping $433 million at the box office is testimony to its success.
Universal Pictures knew what they were doing when roping in an award-winning director to bring the heroes of Azeroth to life on the big screen. If you’re a gamer and you haven’t watched this epic tale, you’re missing out on one of the best remakes in history.
The synergy between Hollywood and iGaming is undeniable. Yes, there’s been terrible attempts at bringing PC heroes and characters to the silver screen. Fortunately, there are gamers with careers in the film industry, and when they get involved in the production, magic happens.
There’s nothing more satisfying than watching your favourite game come to life. Make some time, pop some corn, and enjoy a day of binge-watching some of the best game-themed movies around.