Man, has this day brought us news of film-based video games aplenty -- one of which you can play for free right now and the rest of which some of you simply can't wait for.

But you'll have to. Wait, that is. They haven't made the darn things yet. Sheesh, hold your horses already.

Trade publication Variety tells us of these titles over the course of two separate articles. One piece points out Universal's plan to crank out several games based on their properties, but only names their highest-profile property at the moment: Wanted. If any of you have seen the film (and a $123 million gross would suggest as much), then you know just how well it should lend itself to the format, what with the bullet curving and knife fighting and Angelina Jolie ogling.



Meanwhile, Paramount is targeting the teen set with "casual games" based on Clueless, Pretty in Pink, and Mean Girls. How this'll pan out, I really can't say -- I mean, what? "Push X to say 'That's so fetch!'" or "Beat the clock in order to parallel park and profess your love to Josh"?

And on the opposite end of the demographic spectrum comes a Flash-based online game for Quarantine that makes fair use of the film's first-person angle as players go to town on their infected neighbors with a variety of weapons. Oddly enough, I find myself let down by the fact that attackers merely vanished in a poof of blood, although what that says about me, I'd rather not dwell on. Besides, it's never fun looking a game horse in the mouth.