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Lately, everywhere you turn it seems like another video game is being optioned and turned into a feature film. Case in point: Assassin’s Creed, Metal Gear Solid, Uncharted, Ratchet and Clank, Agent 47 (Hitman), Far Cry, Splinter Cell, Warcraft, and many more are all actively in development, currently shooting, or in post-production. That’s an awful lot of video games to cram into cineplexes. And once I stopped to think about it, I could’t help but wonder why so many were overlooking what many, including myself, to be one of the pinnacles of creativity right now: television.
Given the way video games are designed, many of them seem like they would lend themselves better to a serialized television series rather than a one-and-done movie. Sure, something like Uncharted makes sense as a movie because you can truncate a lot of the plot and frustrating time wasted after you miss a crucial jump to an adjoining ledge, but many other games seem like they are ready to make the leap to the small screen. So today on The Dan Cave, I am breaking down which games would be best suited to make the transition from Input 1 to Input 2 on your television sets. And, to sweeten the pot, I enlisted our resident video game expert, Nerdist: Play host Malik Forte, to give us a bonus pick. Trust me, you’re going to want to stick around to hear what he has to say because I never saw it coming.
Obviously, there are tons of other video games that deserve to be turned into TV shows. So, tell me — what game would you most like to see on TV? Let me know in the comments below or whisper it to me gently on Twitter (@Osteoferocious) using the hashtag #TheDanCave.
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