Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Video Game Movies

Uwe Boll bites back
games journalists, Boll argues, should be pleased that videogame-based movies are getting made at all. "It's tough to convince someone from the studio system to believe in a videogame-based movie. It's way easier to have a great book or to have a comic book [as your source material], because these studio guys, they know Spider-Man, Batman, that kind of stuff."

Lets get right into this by me simply stating, I hate Uwe Boll. I don't want video game movies. Here's a good slogan for your next movie, Uwe, "Why play it when you can watch it?"

Yes, that's my thought on it. Movies based on video games are on the same level as books based on movies. They're not needed, and often not wanted. Just like books based on movies, movies based on games are quick cash-ins. They're just 'give the consumer some shit that they'll pay us for!' schemes.

Boll argues that people are watching his movies. This is true, but why are they watching them? Is it because they're good? Hell no.

Fans of House of the Dead will watch a movie based on it. Same with Alone in the Dark and BloodRayne. People like those games. Fans of certain products with buy things under the same name. How else do you think Nintendo ever sold any Virtual Boys?

Ouch, my eyes!
I have a headache just thinking about it. How I was ever
actually able to play on this thing, I'll never know.

Point is, if I want to experience a game, I'll play the game. I don't want to watch a movie about it.

Uwe Boll, please stop making video game movies. You can make any sort of movie you want, just leave my beloved gaming industry alone.

Hey, folks, Here's a little avatar I made that conveys my feelings quite well.
I'm an Idiot

Sunday, April 02, 2006

RPGs of the Old Days

A clip from the 8-bit Theater comic
Do you remember back in the day when RPGs were cool? Before all the main characters had to be teen-boppers? I'm talking about before famous game series like Breath of Fire and Final Fantasy became 3D. Now, of course, their 3D entries are utter-crap but that doesn't mean they're good.

I'll admit that the first time I play a 3D RPG, my first being Final Fantasy VII, the graphics amazed me. It was my first experience with a game that wasn't sprite-based and my mind was sent reeling at the display and such geometric shapes.

After the nostalgia wore off, though, I realized it wasn't that great of a game. Yes, I know, you want to burn me at the stake right now or, a more civilized approach, ignore me, but I'd prefer if you didn't do either. Please hear me out, I want your comments. It doesn't matter if you post 'You're gay for hating FF7!' or maybe some helpful feedback, I still want it. I want to know what you think.

Back on topic, though, I'll get to my point. Just as I said in my last post, I don't care for graphics. I don't care that these 3D characters look better then sprites. I care how the characters are defined. That's what I want and would prefer.

So, yes, I like handheld gaming, especially the kind found on the DS and GBA because they lack in graphics and must instead define themselves through another path. For the good games, that path is making itself a good game.

Where Final Fantasy failed was when it abandoned his D&D style of character development. I know it never was based on D&D and really isn't related to it, but the original characters from the first game gave the sort of feeling. Around the 6th entry they completely lost that concept and instead replaced it with characters that are all clones of each other plus a few small differences between each other. That is, in my opinion, what final fantasy is crap recently.

A small note on a totally different subject: I want to offer you guys some great video game tunes in some of my future posts so, if anyone knows a good MP3 hosting site that will host that MP3 for me forever without any set erase date, please tell me. Oh, and it has to be free. I'm too poor for anything requiring cash.
Lost and Confused

I'm sorry, Sony and mostly Microsoft are taking gaming the wrong direction. I don't care about the graphics. I just don't. I'm still playing games like Starcraft, Fallout, Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, and Final Fantasy 4. Why? Because, they're still good games and better then many of the newer games that have 'teh grafix!'.

Storyline and Gameplay are two amazing words. Offer both at a good amound and quality, I'll probably fall for it. Offer me great graphics with nothing underneath, you can kiss my ass. I won't buy your game.

With the Revolution the gameplay possiblities will be expanded. Many people say it will lose the methods of gameplay because of the lack of being like the GameCube's controller(as the Xbox 360's controller is like the Xbox's and the PS3's, I assume, will be like the PS2's). Which has better controls, the DS or the PSP? If you answer the latter, you're a dipshit and I demand you stop spending money on games since you're obviously supporting the wrong products for the wrong reasons.

Anyways, I see no reason to think the Revolution will no kick complete ass I can only wait with excitement and hope that it will conquer the PS3 and Xbox 360.

Viva la Revolution!