Craig, Ryan, and Kyle welcome back Adam Sherlock from Deep Dive Film School to have a very serio– sorry, a completely ridiculous discussion of the new Mortal Kombat reboot and video game movies generally. What’s the balance between fan service and storytelling? Are bright colors such a bad thing? Is this the right time to introduce a new character? Only the hard-hitting questions here, folks.

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  1. Henry Castaigne Member
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  2. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
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    The problem with translating video games into movies (and back) is that the media are different, and different things work. You could take a good movie like, say, V for Vendetta, and watch it fail terribly as a video game. The thing that makes the movie great is the exploration of what it means to rebel against a tyrannical state. When you play the video game you’ll skip through all those boring cut scenes to get to the run around and stab ’em simulator. Or look at Ong Bak, the Thai Warrior. The character in the movie has to get over his qualms about fighting competitively. The player will be annoyed at any character development because it prevents him from punching people already.

    If you want to find a movie that translates well into a game, look for one where the main focus of the movie is to present compelling visual images and, yeah, cheap action. Couple movies that would make games that I’d play the heck out of:

    • Speed Racer
    • Pacific Rim
    • The Running Man

    Going the other way you’re looking for video games with unusually strong plot. I’m thinking here of Chrono Trigger from the SNES.

    Oh, and a great number of movies come with video game tie-ins. To a large extent these all suck. The Mario movie was better than the E.T. video game.

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  3. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
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    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher (View Comment):
    Going the other way you’re looking for video games with unusually strong plot. I’m thinking here of Chrono Trigger from the SNES.

    Chrono Trigger was super simple with a great plot. 

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  4. Arahant Member
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    I’m not going to see the movies. I haven’t played the games. But this podcast was a hoot-and-a-half. Thanks, guys.

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  5. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
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    Arahant (View Comment):

    I’m not going to see the movies. I haven’t played the games. But this podcast was a hoot-and-a-half. Thanks, guys.

    It is a sing of good criticism when you enjoy the review and have no intention of seeing the movie. 

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