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July 28, 2009 / Joe Osborne

Coffee Talk: The Courtship of Games and Movies Gets Serious

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To refer to Uwe Boll as “infamous” would be an understatement, as the ambitious (albeit delusional) director has outdone himself this time. Replay Studios and Boll have joined forces and created 1968 Tunnel Rats, the video game adaptation of the 2008 film, which just released last Friday on Steam. The title follows a a young soldier during the Vietnam War through the intricate tunnel systems of the Vietcong (pro tip: demo it first).

So what does this mean aside from the creation of entertainment media’s Frankenstein monster? Well, it means the relationship between games and film is doomed to destruction only becoming more solidified. Most joking aside, more discussion after the break.

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Video games and movies have been walking hand in hand since Atari’s E.T. The Extra Terrestrial almost singlehandedly destroyed the industry in the early 1980s. How movie-licensed games exist today knowing their past is mind boggling, but I digress.

Uwe Boll’s leap into the video game kiddie pool isn’t exactly pioneering, as Steven Spielberg helped release EA Los Angeles’ Boom Blox last year to critical acclaim. Could this be a sign of a trend gaining steam? Possibly, but hopefully with Spielberg’s approach.

So what do you guys and gals think about this media melting pot growing in popularity? Will it harm the art forms of story telling and visual entertainment or will it supplement them? Also, what are your favorite or least favorite examples of the media merge (i.e. movie licensed games and vice versa)? Let us know in that little white box down there!

(Images via Das Gamer and Joystiq)

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