The Fusion of Film and Game

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment // Shadow of Mordor

It is humorous looking back at the once legendary videogames including Mario Kart 64, Pacman and Warioland 4, where in comparison to the technologies of modern graphics, you can count their pixels. I recently rediscovered my Wii and all the GameCube games in a shoebox and soon had all the wires hooked into my TV. It felt natural holding the GameCube controller and while I may have lost my touch a little on Mario Kart Double Dash, it was still entertaining nonetheless (at least I wasn’t faced with the blue leader shell when I was inches away from the finish line!). But come to think of it, I don’t remember ever seeing adverts for Luigi’s Mansion or Super Mario Sunshine. Nowadays we see trailers for videogames as if they’re promoting movies like Lucy or Edge of Tomorrow.

There are more and more films being made into videogames and vice versa. Not many people know that the anime of Pokémon came out after the games were made and these two forms have allowed a huge audience to enjoy Pokémon all together. I remember Shrek had a few combat games released and Barbie had lots of adventure games released as an ‘attempt’ to get more girls to game. There was even a Mario Bros. film released in 1993 which was, well, awful. But Batman revolutionised combat controls in its gaming form which was excellent to see.

It’s quite incredible and evident how far technology has come. When I went to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug I was fascinated by how realistic the scenery was. It’s why I can’t wait to see The Battle of Five Armies because I had read The Hobbit book and watched lots of behind-the-scenes footage, as it is just too amusing seeing Andy Serkis prance around in a tight blue suit coughing ‘Gollum! Gollum!’ for filming.

The Lord of the Rings: Middle Earth- Shadow of Mordor has been released and the graphics look brilliant. Our gaming institutions are really going all out to get their games looking as good as ever. Shadow of Mordor opens with the return of the evil Sauron and the curse he places on our protagonist, Talion after the murder of his family by the hellish Uruks. Talion is ‘banished from death’ and is fused with Elf Lord Celebrimbor and together they encounter some very cockney Uruks who aren’t a fan of ‘man swine’. This game has a unique touch of antagonists gaining power if you lose to them and they even have scars and burns from previous encounters. If you get a chance to have a go you’ll see it all and hopefully enjoy the gameplay.

Some other releases include Resident Evil 6 which is to be released in 2015 which looks exciting and will definitely get the Resident Evil fans going crazy to play the past games and look forward to their future releases. It also seems that Tomb Raider is going to be released in both film and video gaming format in the next couple of years.

The interdependence between gaming and movie-going should encourage film fans to try some gaming and gamers to watch the films. It’s in the comparison of the two mediums that something interesting and further entertaining will be revealed.



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