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Lost in Translation: Video Game Based Movies Part 1

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20.77 billion dollars. That is the amount of money the video game industry made in 2012. Not impressed? Well, 2013 saw the release of the record breaking Grand Theft Auto V; the VIDEO GAME that grossed more than $1 BILLION is sales in just three days (and thats according to the Guinness Book of Records!). The video game industry has indeed grown to become a cash cow and since 1993, Hollywood has been firmly attached; generating more than $1.5 billion in revenue from movies that were based on popular video games. Despite the box office successes of silver screen adaptations of video games, there is a general feeling that Hollywood doesn’t respect the video game industry; a feeling that the right type of effort has not gone into the production of some of the video game based movies that we’ve seen, despite the success of the video game.

As a fan of both movies and video games, I guess for me it boils down to quality; although it may seem to make sense for the developers of video games to have their hands in the filming of movies based on the games they create, it also makes sense for the selection of games that get turned into films be critical and meticulous because of the fact that the interaction of the original experience is being taken away. Not every game could or should become a movie. Dan Houser, co-founders of Rockstar Games had this to say about the idea of a Grand Theft Auto movie:

"We've been offered, many times, and it's never appealed. The money's never been close to be worth risking one's crown jewels. Our small dabblings with Hollywood have always left us running back to games. The freedom we have to do what we want creatively is of enormous value. The second you go near Hollywood, people seem willing, or have been forced, to lose a lot of that control.” Ever since the advent of the motion picture, Hollywood has become a haven for film producers, directors and actors to make movies that either blow us away or just blow us. Just like how late night comedians exploit current events for their monologues, Hollywood often spews out movies that are obvious attempts to cash in on recent social events or trends.

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