I was standing in EB Games just recently, patiently waiting in the enormous holiday line with a crush of other gamers, rabid children, and clueless parents. While waiting, I observed a very hassled mother surrounded by four satellite children (by that I mean her children were constantly in orbit around her) waving games at her. As best as I can tell, each child was allowed to claim the title of his/her choice as a Christmas gift. The stack of games the dismal mother eventually found herself holding made me sick--a sorry collection of bad television and movie related "games" (and I use that term loosely here) topped of by something that looked very much to me to be called "Trollz." Yes, with a 'z' at the end. I presume this is some hot new property I am blissfully unaware of. The other four or so games I can't recall, but I do remember that every one of them was for the Gamecube, and every one of them was a bad movie tie-in. I wanted so badly to slap the pile right out of her hands like some gradeschool bully and then replace them with a copy of Skies of Arcadia. But I digress.
Today, while skimming through my geek feeds hoping to find something to make my inner geek happy, what is the first headline that waits for me? "ICE AGE 2 GAME THAWS." I recall in the past dimly wondering how titles like this ever find their way to the consoles- but the image of that harried mother and her many children are the answer. It's no secret that a common way to squeeze some extra bucks from you movie title is to translate it into a video game that, no matter how horrible, will be anxiously devoured by the screaming child masses.
True fans of cinema, how do you feel about this? I mean, it's not just kids flicks that get the VG treatment- everything from Bond to Starsky and Hutch has been worked over into the medium. Granted, sometimes it produces great results (the N64's Bond, for example) but it usually just results in packing the shelves with trash. You can follow the Suits' logic path here; in addition to the powerful kid vote, there's definately significant overlap where the film geek meets the gamer geek. Fertile ground, one would think. And yet, it doesn't tend to work- in either direction. Why? Do we like to keep our hobbies seperate? Is it just the obviously lackluster effort put into most of these offerings?
I find myself more intrigued by this question than I expected...share your thoughts, please.