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Popular video games turned into live-action films has been a favorite thing to do. Two films are getting released Detective Pikachu Pokémon and Sonic the Hedgehog. In my opinion, Detective Pikachu Pokémon looks more promising because the characters seem so realistic, almost like they could actually exist. There was so much detail on the Pokémon—everything from the hairs, the skin, even the eyes. This was possible thanks to RJ Palmer, a concept artist at Ubisoft. He used real animals for inspiration, and when he draws, RJ Palmer said he uses a Wacom tablet and Adobe Photoshop. RJ Palmer has been doing concept art for characters and the environment, which is why he helps come up with the initial design for Pokémon. The other reason I think the film was great is because it's not starting from the very beginning like other productions have when making a film. The story of the film begins from another, in fact, an actual game that is called Detective Pikachu Pokémon. It follows a guy name Tim Goodman who teams up with a Pikachu that is more intelligent than any other Pikachu, and yes Tim can understand him, just like the film. The main Pokémon protagonist Pikachu is voiced by Ryan Reynolds. I thought that was amazing because I felt like I was watching Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds plays the Marvel comic "Merc with a month" character Deadpool). The film has a slapstick comedy feel to it, and it has the right message in the movie but you got to see the movie to see what I mean.
Oh, boy; here we go. So a couple of weeks ago we got our first glimpse at Sonic’s design for next year's Sonic movie, and well, it’s sure a sight to behold. Those juicy legs look like they could crack some walnuts.
Movie producers take inspiration from just about every facet of life. They have made movies about serial killers, movies based on comic books, and also movies based on urban legends. With the advent of video games came ample opportunity for movies to be made on them—and to cash out on those sweet, sweet fandom dollars.
I think I speak for most of the gaming community when I express my pity for anyone who's never experienced a good game or two. Many are the times I've gifted my girlfriend with an in-depth lecture on the ins and outs of the Final Fantasy VII continuity, met every time with cold indifference. Admittedly, I enjoy telling that story far too much to care if anyone’s listening or not, but it’s a tragic shame that so many people can’t get lost in video game storylines that, in all honesty, do a better job of telling stories than most movies I’ve ever seen. Final Fantasy in particular is 30 years of Japanese narrative magic that utterly deserves far more gold screen time than its been allowed thus far, especially considering the state of today's film industry, where writers and filmmakers seem to be so devoid of original ideas that we’ve seen a huge spike in re-emerged franchises from the 80s and 90s just to fill that creative gap. Films like Jurassic Park, Star Wars and Independence Day have spontaneously popped back into our lives like unannounced remnants of an adolescent love affair. If there is a void in Hollywood’s creative works, I can think of a far less exploited source of inspiration.
(SMALL SPOILER ALERT FOR THE SHORT FILM - SOME PLOT DETAILS ARE MENTIONED.)
Lara Croft, the fiercely independent daughter of a missing adventurer, must push herself beyond her limits when she seeks for the island where her father disappeared.
When I was growing up, the first movie that used video games as a major plot device was The Wizard. You might remember that movie starring Fred Savage, where a major secret was given away in Super Mario 3. As much as it was about video games, the story was actually about two brothers who go on a trip by themselves. The first movie based on a video game wouldn't come until years later, and would start a new trend that continues today! I only mention a handful of them, and these are the games that had a huge impact on me. I'm not listing all of them, because we'd be here all day. So sit back and enjoy.
The story of Warcraft begins in 1994, with the release of the first Warcraft PC game. Since then, the franchise has expanded across a seemingly never ending range of games, novels, MMORPGs and even a digital collectible card game! But this year, Warcraft is making its way to the big screen.
Resident: The Final Chapter brought the original franchise to a close, but now Resident Evil is getting a reboot. A six-movie deal is in the works, with Greg Russo penning a script. In addition to Russo being part of the reboot, James Wan has reportedly been contracted to produce the first installment of movies.
As the size of the gaming community grows, so does the amount of varied games we get, and their ability to capture fans into multiple genres. There's no doubt that like movies, games are filled with great stories, powerful narrators, and even elements of surprise that not even movies can tap quite yet.