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(I-Mockery)   When movies & TV shows become horrible video games   ( divider line
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15603 clicks; posted to Main » on 02 Mar 2003 at 3:29 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-02 12:48:50 AM  
So true, on so many levels.
2003-03-02 01:03:56 AM  
Not nearly as bad as when video games become horrible movies & TV shows.

Though Mario Brothers wasn't THAT bad.
2003-03-02 01:09:24 AM  
Heehee, Nick15 beat me to it.
2003-03-02 01:17:17 AM  
One of the coolest movie-based video games I've played was Arachniphobia... you played as John Goodman, and you had to go through buildings blasting spiders with bug spray, and you eventually got to go to the Amazon and fight the king spider. It was sweet!
2003-03-02 01:31:39 AM  
Let us not forget Street Fighter, the worst ever movie from a video game. Worst. Ever.
2003-03-02 02:15:02 AM  
I still want to see a GTA movie.

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2003-03-02 02:55:04 AM  
Yeah there's definitely some games that shouldn't have been made into movies. Or, the movies should have at least been done a lot better.

BTW, if any of you have bad movie/tv game suggestions for the next installment of this piece, by all means post them here. And of course, there's one game that already needs to be on the next list...

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I still want to see a GTA movie.

How about "Postal" the movie instead? I'd love to see a movie where a nudst colony is gunned down and a marching band is set ablaze. Then again, that probably describes at least 5 different Troma movies.

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2003-03-02 03:32:03 AM  
This reminds me, I'd hit Sudie.
2003-03-02 03:33:51 AM  
The bigger challenge: Name a video game based on a movie or TV Show that /DOESN'T/ suck
2003-03-02 03:34:24 AM  
2003-03-02 03:37:39 AM  
A google search for 'non-shiatty video games based on movies or TV' results in forty different pages for Roger Rabbit Erotic Fanfic...

Google is bad, it's led me places I never wanted to go through seemingly innocuous searches.
2003-03-02 03:38:54 AM  
I'm getting a boobies in before Feukulor does...

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2003-03-02 03:41:44 AM  
although not a movie/tv show.. but a commerical.. anyone rememeber the 7up "spot" or if memory serves me correctly the domino pizza's "noid" or maybe my childhood bad video game memory is a little fuzzy....
2003-03-02 03:42:53 AM  
and baka to me for forgetting to mention I was speaking of the nes video games based on those characters.. sorry
2003-03-02 03:47:29 AM  
Judeccan, I call bullshiat. I did a google search for that and no Roger Rabbit stuff came up.
2003-03-02 03:48:11 AM  
Untouchables (the game) wasn't too bad. I kinda liked the Zelda cartoons they made a couple years back.

Anyone remember the Video Game to Cartoon travesty that was Johny Arcade, who commanded the following super team.

Big Foot (The Monster Truck, which talked ala Kit)
Tyrone (From Arch Rivals, a basketball game)
Kuros (Uh.. Wizards and Warriors I think, though he dressed like Conan instead of a knight)
Max Force (Guy from Swat, but without his gun.)
Kwirk the Chilled Tomato

Someone was on the drugs when they came up with that idea.
2003-03-02 03:48:13 AM  
Platoon sucked. The levels with flares and tunnel's both sucked.
2003-03-02 03:52:05 AM  
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2003-03-02 03:52:13 AM  
2003-03-02 03:53:09 AM  
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2003-03-02 03:54:13 AM  
ha! punch out the movie starring jason biggs! i'd watch it, dammit! it'd be better than whatever piece of shiate they're going to put out with the title "star wars: episode iii"
2003-03-02 03:57:56 AM  
...i draw the line when they start going after ren and stimpy...
2003-03-02 03:59:12 AM  
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2003-03-02 04:10:29 AM  
Surprisingly (to me, at least), True Lies didn't suck:

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That was for the SNES. For the NES, iirc, Adams Family was pretty good, too.
2003-03-02 04:14:52 AM  
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What about good games that were based on poor [at least at the box office] movies?
2003-03-02 04:16:02 AM  
Spider-Man the Movie for the PS2 was pretty awesome. The X-Box version had "exclusive" levels, too. Farking Microsoft...
2003-03-02 04:17:55 AM  

What movie was that based on?
2003-03-02 04:19:13 AM  
That's actually Dune II, much better than Dune I, based on Dune.
2003-03-02 04:20:11 AM  
Anyone play Home Alone 2 for the SNES? It was the third game I got with my SNES, along with SMW and F-Zero... I could play through the WHOLE GAME without dying once.

It was a pretty terrible platformer... in the hotel level, baggage, what looked like body bags, and mops would jump around and try to hurt you. EVERY PERSON IN THE GAME would throw stuff at your or strangle you, unless you hurt them with weapons like pearl necklaces (hahaha) or the boxing-glove-gun. You also found conveniently-placed slices of pizza stuck to the walls.

There was a level in the old house where you would have to jump on stuff or trip a wire to start a Goldbergian device that would drop weights or bowling balls on the bad guys, Marv and Joe Pesci. The last level was Central Park, where you jumped up a bunch of platforms and got hit by birds or something.

If I could stand playing the game for more than ten minutes I'd post other pictures.

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I know the above picture looks like a bad photoshop but I swear it's an actual game screen.

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The zombieish concierge followed you... like a zombie... through the whole first level unless you ran and lost him.
2003-03-02 04:21:23 AM  

"Emperor: Battle for Dune" was actually a very good game too.
2003-03-02 04:21:42 AM  
Ugh, I really tried to read this article, but didn't get half way through it. The writing was terrible, the way it suddenly jumped from game to game (without making any point) lost me, and the attempts at humor were well below average.

Very poor and reeks of that all too common "trying too hard" stench that you can sense on 99% of most weblogs and blogs. Kind of reminds me of in the past few months, but of course without the repeats.
2003-03-02 04:22:38 AM  
What I don't understand is why movies made from video games never actually follow the exact storyline of the video game.

They always have to go and fark it up by changing characters dramatically and making idiotic stories to explain stuff that was already covered in the games. Metal Gear Solid would be a pretty cool movie, although it's got cliches up the ass.

Street Fighter was a *really* dumb movie, but a lot of times, it almost seemed like it was made to be dumb, like it was self aware that it was a stupid premise for a movie so they were going to fark it up even more - a lot of the 'jokes' make more fun of the ineptitudes of the movie than anything else. If you try to watch it seriously has a street fighter fan, however, you'd be yuking up your lunch 10 minutes into the movie when you consider how far they deviated from the actual storyline. The portrayal Zangief was pretty funny though, i'd have to admit.

As for bad video games from movies... that's just a fact of life, but it's really amusing to play these games just to see how bad they are. Go read some reviews of 'The Crow: City of Angels' for playstation and you'll see what I mean.

I have to admit though, I owned the Gilligan's Island NES cart and the Home Alone SNES cart - I bought both at a swap meet, if I remember correctly. I think, to a 7 year old, finding a brand new game for only $5-$10 is much more exciting than how good the game is. I don't remember much about Gilligan's Island... I just remember walking around a lot and being confused and something to do with monkeys. Home Alone was a pretty bad game too, but I played that sucker for a bit for lack of any other game.
2003-03-02 04:23:09 AM  
Haha, I'm really messed up tonight.

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2003-03-02 04:23:47 AM  

Let us not forget Street Fighter, the worst ever movie from a video game. Worst. Ever.

Umm...except for Ming Na as Chun Li.
2003-03-02 04:27:32 AM  
The Home Improvement designer's site linked in the article is Farked by association. Way to go, guys!
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2003-03-02 04:32:15 AM  
ET made #1 on EGM's top 20 worst video games of all time.
2003-03-02 04:32:48 AM  
Cliffhanger had an incredibly bad NES port.
TNMT 1 was ridiculously hard.
Superman for N64 was one of the worst games made for that system.
There was a crappy Atari game based on Garfield.
Thre was also a Bucky O'Hare game for NES that kinda blew.
I think there was a game based on Last Action Hero for some system.
2003-03-02 04:33:03 AM  
ET made #1 on EGM's top 20 worst video games of all time.
oops here
2003-03-02 04:34:16 AM  
2003-03-02 04:35:27 AM  
Well that article wasn't amusing at all.. but it made me want to search for those crappy games. I'm a bit of a game masochist, I think.
2003-03-02 04:35:40 AM  

Superman for N64 was one of the worst games made for that system.

What about Superman for the 2600? Wait...I played that for hours. Nevermind.
2003-03-02 04:42:08 AM  
I remember playing Nosferatu for Commodore 64.

The first level was impossible.

You had to walk around looking for a way out of the house while trying to avoid hard-to-see man-eating spiders.
2003-03-02 04:50:03 AM  
I know it's a comic strip, but I'm mentioning it anyway. So there.

They made a Hagar the Horrible game for the Amiga.

After playing it for about 10 minutes I gave up.
2003-03-02 04:51:17 AM  
That Dune game for the Genesis ruled. Except in the last levels, the friggin' Emperor or whoever kept blowing my ass up every five minutes with those Death Hand nuclear missiles, whereas all House Atreides has as an ultimate weapon are these weeny little foot soldier guys that run out and accomplish nothing
2003-03-02 04:51:19 AM  
The best, very early game I played which was based on a TV show was The Prisoner for the Apple II. It managed to put you in the role of #6 in such a way that you felt confused and trapped from the very start. It wasn't about graphics or action, but more about putting you, psychologically, in the position of #6.
2003-03-02 04:52:27 AM  
Just remember another one.

Thunderbirds for the Amiga.
2003-03-02 04:59:35 AM  
"Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" for Amiga

"Toy Story" for Mega Drive (Genesis)

"The Rugrats Movie" for GameBoy Color

"Street Fighter: The Movie" for PlayStation
2003-03-02 05:09:16 AM  
Men In Black II for PS2 is awesome! Seriously the best game with the ultimate in quality gaming!

Okay,.. er.. I *did* work on it.

2003-03-02 05:14:12 AM  
actually, who framed roger rabbit for game boy wasn't bad.
and Aladdin for the Game Gear wasn't TOO bad either.
2003-03-02 05:31:33 AM  
I can't believe that I'm the only person who likes the NES Superman. To me, it's one of those "so bad it's good" games, because it's such silly stupid superdeformed Engrish-speaking characters (the translations were horrible) in a completely bizarre setting. It was a good way for me to kill a few hours on an afternoon, and it was actually somewhat challenging at times (well, if memory serves).
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