My last post made Blogged Out a while ago and I haven't posted anything since.
Um, what to talk about?
How about the upcoming deluge of old movie-license games?
You know, Godfather, Taxi Driver, Scarface, Reservoir Dogs, The Warriors, From Russia With Love...
I imagine the idea here is that a publisher sees that movie titles do well and asks themselves, "Why does it have to be a current movie? Why not *any* movie?" And I'm not sure, but it seems like EA may have led the charge with Godfather. Hey, they're rich, and they can afford to make mistakes. All these people imitating EA may be in for a surprise, though. The thing that makes doing a game based on a current movie so lucrative is that Hollywood is spending millions upon millions of dollars to wash people's brains with the IP. The movie is one of the top things in public consciousness the week it comes out. These old movies - no.
That said, they'll still probably do better than some brand new out-of-nowhere IP, which almost always tanks.
Individually, what do I think of these games-out-of-movies? I think Godfather and Taxi Driver are ridiculous. (Sorry Chris S., if you're reading this.) Maybe in a decade or two we'll have the technology to do a full-on character-driven drama justice, but not today. I met the guy who put the Reservoir Dogs thing together and he was very excited about it because it tested well - and sure, I can see that, Reservoir Dogs is right up your 18-25 demographic, whereas a big chunk of the guys who liked Godfather and Taxi Driver aren't even gamers. But where's the game in Reservoir Dogs? That I don't see. From Russia With Love, there you can do the standard movie-to-action-game translation, and ditto with The Warriors, which was practically a videogame already.
And...that's really all I had to say about that. Here's my prediction: none of these games will sell over a million units. (Oh, and I mean according to TRST, which is always a smaller-than-actual number, but it's the numbers I'm used to.)