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The Indoor Kids #20: The Video Game Movie Episode (with Jeff Rubin)

Jeff Rubin (College Humor, The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show) decided to watch every single video game movie released theatrically in the United States. He visits The Indoor Kids to tell the story of their successes and their failures. Mostly their failures. Like, almost exclusively. Then, during Side-Quest, Emily & Kumail announce a big huge contest for listeners with tons of awesome prizes. Yep.

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  1. bsg says:

    How do you talk about the Double Dragon movie without mention the Andy Dick cameo?

  2. Matt10 says:

    The only good actor in the Street Fighter movie is Wes Studi as Sagat. There’s a scene where he’s getting paid by Bison in Bison Bucks, the currency of his new nation that he’s trying to create and Sagat throws the bucks in a burning brazier. He’s the only character who realizes how stupid this whole mess is.

  3. Jon says:

    I’ve only seen Resident Evil Extinction in bits flipping on cable, but it has one of my favorite stupid exchanges ever. When told that they are going to drop a nuclear bomb on the city, and character asks “How many megatons?” and is then dismayed by the answer. As if, sure my clothing and sunscreen can handle 1 maybe 2 megatons, but 3 is right out.

  4. Great episode! I’m actually trying to raise money for an honest and true adaptation based upon the Resident Evil film

  5. GimpyDingo says:

    Kumai, Ty was my guy as well. It’s all about the triple kick! Kato was decent, fast, but his “special” was nothing great and lacked range. Buzz had to be the worst of the bunch. A wrestler? Really?

    I like the level with the cars that you can jump on and smash, always reminded me of the Street Fighter bonus stage.

    Come on Pit Fighter remake!

    Ever play the spiritual successor, Guardians of the Hood? More of a Final Fight style of game play vs the one on one (or two on two if you are into that). Just don’t punch the old woman, she’ll hit you with her handbag.

  6. JFKyle says:

    Just recently finished this episode and I couldn’t help but feel a little irritated at the lack of knowledge of the recent Mortal Kombat web-series and the future of that project. Just to get it off my chest, dancer and film director Kevin Tancharoen (Fame, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie), felt the need to reboot the Mortal Kombat franchise. He enlisted some actor friends of his and created the mock-trailer “Mortal Kombat: Rebirth” as a pitch to Warner Bros. for a shot at rebooting the franchise. The trailer scraped the mythology of Mortal Kombat and set the characters in a realistic world a la Nolan’s Batman franchise. Warner Bros. in turn decided that instead of making a movie, they would help produce a web-series to help promote the release of the new Mortal Kombat reboot game. In doing so, Warner Bros. required Tancharoen to mold the universe of the web-series from that of the game, returning to the original mythology. Some people loved this move but being a fan of the realism of Mortal Kombat: Rebirth, I was a bit bummed by this. After the complete airing of the web-series, Tancharoen announced that it would be release in a physical format (Blu-ray, Nov. 8, 2011). It was later announced that Tancharoen had been given rights to reboot the film franchise apart from any other universe or franchise.

    So there you have it, a new Mortal Kombat movie will be made and it will be set apart from all other instances of Mortal Kombat. It’s estimated release date is 2013.

    Other readers, please correct me if I’m wrong in any of this. Also, I’m sure most of this has already been posted but I just jumped to the bottom to get it off my shoulders.

    Thanks! Love the podcast!

  7. Kumail Nanjiani says:

    GimpyDingo, You win this round purely because of the fact that you still own Pit Fighter on SNES. Most impressive.

    My guy was Ty btw. His triple kick thing move was amazing. I would try and practice it in real life. In an alternate universe, there is a Kumail who regularly pulls that move out at banks and amusement parks. Because he can.


  8. GImpyDingo says:

    Alright Kumail you are correct. It all came back to me playing Pit Fighter last night. My friend and I rented the Genesis version when it came out and I thought the SNES would be better with it’s larger color palette. So I bought the SNES version and yes it was bad (as I just found out again).

  9. GImpyDingo says:

    Ahhh Kumail! I’m going to fire up Pit Fighter on the SNES and Genny and see which is truly better (or worse). Don’t know how it could be worse on SNES. I remember buying it on Genesis and renting it on SNES some time later and feeling it was better. I’ll post my findings.

    Can we agree the Lynx version is the worst out there?

  10. Alex says:

    I think the Mass Effect movie, assuming it actually gets made, could be the first great video game movie. Granted, sci-fi movies can be all over the place in terms of quality, but ME has the advantage of already having a deep, engaging story, and the science fiction in it is pretty hard science. Also, the audience for ME is a bit more refined than, say, the audience for Halo. Mainly I’m encouraged by the fact that it’s being made by Legendary and they’re working closely with Bioware on it, and they both know how to tell a fantastic story, which seems to be the crucial element all video game movies are missing. I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I think it could be this generations Star Wars, it’s already a natural trilogy that follows the Hero’s Journey just like Star Wars, Garrus is basically a more badass version of Han Solo… It’s got all the elements of a great, epic movie. I just hope they don’t fuck it up.

  11. Walter T says:

    First things first, another stellar show. This video game movie subject is one I have thought on already and have already discussed with friends.

    I personally see only 3 decent video game film adaptations the ones that hold up to repeat viewings, the directing, acting, and writing are solid and they are a good representative for the actual games were like are (in no particular order):

    Mortal Kombat (first film)
    Tomb Raider (first film)
    Silent Hill

    The Resident Evil films get an honorable mention for not being particularly good but still not exactly bad. But are still good party/background movies.

  12. Mr. V says:

    i played pit fighter all the time! buzz ftw

  13. onReload says:

    ^^ Well, the thing IK is gonna face a lot is that a lot of us really value our tastes in games, but it’s hard to not step on toes…That said, yes, I’ve been frustrated before, but you have to remember that this episode was based on a video/article done by two guys, mostly for entertainment…and they prefaced it pretty well by saying that they didn’t feel like any videogame movie had done it well, and I thought the sentiment of “it’s bad, but they’re all bad, so here’s what’s interesting”

    @TheIndoorKids: There’s an also retrospective about Street Fighter: The Movie: The Game by the guy who produced the game (arcade version which was more like MK, whereas the Saturn one was done in-house by Capcom and feels a bit like Super SFII Turbo’s ugly cousin, it even has the Sawada Kamikaze super. It’s kind of sad ’cause they evidently thought they were really making the next SF2, but it’s also really interesting to see the whole process, and they worked with JCVD, etc…

  14. Deeznuts says:

    @Nelian – What do you define as new age shit anyway? Its just a video game. In that case all games are new age shit. Just because they are not killing and shooting everything in site doesn’t not make it a bad game. The FF film was slow, granted; but as a fan of the game, whom it seemed that movie was made , I enjoyed it. Hell I don’t even have an issue with the Indoor Kids not liking it. The statement seemed to be made out of ignorance of knowing that Gaea and the relationship with the Earth is always an on going theme.
    FF has always been new age and different and and even pseudo-spiritual, its just a fun approach to playing a game.

    I like this show so much, but sometimes I get annoyed. I am actually over it already. Just wanted to respond less angrily than my last posting. Plus for crying out loud not all the movies sucked. This was by far the most complaining, whining, negative podcast I had heard since I started listening to them. Its annoying to hear people when they are in a mood. If you are feeling that shitty wait and do it later.

  15. Leonidas says:

    Emily/anyone How do you get to the white beards? I can’t find a path up the mountain for the life of me!

  16. TeriyakiUnknown says:

    I really liked this episode it reminded me of when I seen some of the films mentioned and trying to convince myself that they were good. Oh and no love for the last starfighter? Or was that game based off the movie?

  17. Tiffany says:

    Oh man, the Mario Bros. movie. I saw it when it came out and as the movie progressed, I remember becoming more and more embarrassed about having dragged my younger sister along with me to that mess. I wanted to like it. I couldn’t. It made no sense at all.

    Also, since I don’t see this mentioned on here, Samantha Mathis played Daisy. There was no Princess Peach in the movie. I’m a little ashamed of myself for knowing this.

  18. devon says:

    silent hill.
    good movie.
    dared to go to places.
    and you could never believe how small the budget was (around 5 mil).
    given the odds, it could have been a horrible movie
    but the visionary auteur of BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF made a psycho thriller that was also a visual feast.

    well, the bottom line is, it didnt feel phony even for an instant and that is good enough these days

  19. Anon says:

    What, no love for the Pokemon movie? Sure, they’re based on the tv series which is based on the video game, but I think that still counts as a video game movie.
    It’s definitely not Disney, but for kids movies they’re not too bad. The animation is good, voice acting and dialogue are decent, and you can tell that it’s really just a Pokemon movie. It’s not some weird alternate timeline. The Pokemon look just like they do in the games. When they battle it’s exactly like you imagine a Pokemon battle when you’re playing the game. The plot of each movie is basically just copy-pasted from the games with a few extra characters tossed in. They just take everything that makes Pokemon fun and put it into a movie.
    So, as movies, they’re not exactly good on their own merits, but for a kid movie it’s fun and it works great.

  20. Kumail Nanjiani says:


    The arcade may be better, but the SNES Pit Fighter is widely considered one of the worst games ever made for that console. Developed by a different company than the far superior Genesis version. Yep!


  21. Gimpydingo says:

    In regards to Pit Fighter it is a fun game in the arcade. The order of best to worst would have to be:

    Arcade, SNES, Genesis, PC, Atari Lynx, Amiga. I think that covers all the versions.

    There is NO way the Genny version is better than the arcade. The sprites are far larger and the whole arena scrolls and scales – you still get the same amount of space as you do on the console’s smaller sprite versions.

    Let’s not forget NARC, awesome game, awesome digitized gfx and can’t go wrong with the rocket launchers and body parts.

  22. AAAutin says:

    The interview Jeff Rubin referenced was Guin Turner (GO FISH, AMERICAN PSYCHO) talking about working on BLOODRAYNE. It’s from TALES FROM THE SCRIPT–which any aspiring screenwriters should see, if only to disabuse them of that aspiration–but if you only want to watch the clip of the lovely Ms. Turner dishing on Uwe Boll, someone uploaded it to YouTube (NSFW):

  23. Neilan says:

    Deeznuts: Having played a lot of FF games, there definitely is a lot of “new age shit” going on. Hironobu Sakaguchi introduced Gaia elements into a lot of the plots of Final Fantasy games.

    I’m not of the opinion that it *detracts* from the story, because the meat is usually in the characters.

  24. gabe says:

    come on guys, super mario bros was awesome!!!!

  25. Liam says:

    The MK tv show is called MK Conquest.

  26. Deeznuts says:

    Number 1- That was a fucked up thing you said about Raul Julia’s kids. If you had kids that stupid shit would not have come out of your mouth. You have a right to be offensive, but that was really unnecessary.

    Number 2- Why comment on Final Fantasy if you have never seen it. Just because you are jaded on every fucking film ever made doesn’t mean they suck. Secondly why comment on it being new age shit if you don’t play the damn game. Better to have an opinion with knowledge and be silent than and be snide comments and be ignorance of the subject. In other words, play the game then watch the movie.

  27. Max G. says:

    1. I LOVED this episode. I enjoy Video Game Movies.

    2. When it comes to video game movies, I think you can enjoy each and every one of them. You just have to find a reason to enjoy it. I find this works even with the most awful movies.

    3. The Resident Evil movie where Milla Jovovich shows her vagina is at the end of the 1st Resident Evil movie. I know I am a perv.

  28. Movie says:

    I would love for the trio to make a “Before” film every 9 years until all of them are old and gray. Being close to the same age as the characters, it is like watching snippets of your life unfold on screen, from being young and impressionable romantics to jaded grown-ups who realize some of your dreams and fantasies to do not come true and hw you deal with it.Add movie showtimes to iGoogle

  29. rhzunam says:

    This has been my favorite Indoor kids episode so far. The Podcast has been improving so much it´s impressive. Great topic and a great guest in Jeff Rubin. Kumail and Emily are awesome at this show. I´m looking forward to every episode nowadays. It´s an elite comedy podcast. Keep it up and kudos.

  30. Adam says:

    Bleep Bloop has some great episodes. Is that still going on? I’ll definitely check out the Jeff Rubin show.
    As for Skyrim- this game was made by Ansel Adams.

  31. Danny says:

    Still no pit-fighter love?!?

    I remember playing this in the arcade as a kid and it was totally awesome… though on serious recollection the fact is it was scarcely playable… but looked nice 🙂

  32. Kumail Nanjiani says:

    Thanks for listening all!

    Neilan, I knew there was something about the Uncharted movie I was missing. I remember hearing something about a change of director. Still don’t think it’ll get made though.

    Thought if it did, Kevin, I agree with you. It would be the movie that Crystal Skull should have been.


  33. sam says:

    Great episode! There’s a great video series on the game site Giant Bomb concerning film adaptations of games called TANG (This Aint No Game). One of their writers has gone through almost the entire catalogue of game-movies and each video is well edited with pretty funny commentary:

  34. Travis S says:

    I actually picked up Postal just to push peoples buttons. It ranks up there with Blood Sucking Freaks on the offensive scale. A lot of people don’t make it past the intro.

    As far as good video game movies, just look at how long it took for comic book movies to be taken seriously or even worse fantasy. Time will tell.

  35. Jeff MacDonald says:

    Not only did I see Double Dragon in the theaters, I also rented it from the video store multiple times as a child. I of course refuse to rewatch it as an adult, but I still have fond memories of that terrible movie.

  36. Mandy W. says:

    Great episode! I remember going to see Mortal Kombat Annihilation in the theater. I was disappointed that Christopher Lambert didn’t come back as Rayden, he was one of my favorite parts about the first movie. Have you guys seen the Mortal Kombat flash mob? ->
    Two words, holy hell hahaha!

  37. Neilan says:

    Hey guys, great episode!

    Just wanted to add an addendum, as it were – David O Russel isn’t directing Uncharted anymore, it’s passed to Neil Burger, director of Limitless.

    Also, there’s another high profile video game film that’s been on the cards for a while, Warcraft, with Sam Raimi and Legendary Pictures attached.

  38. I saw Tomb Raider in the theater with two guys who had just spent the previous hour engaging in, uh … recreational substances. To say that they spent the entire movie laughing is an understatement. I was honestly unsure whether we’d make it through the entire thing without getting kicked out.

    The part where Lara rides the gigantic phallus into the stone vagina is probably the best part.

  39. Kevin says:

    An Uncharted movie wouldn’t be National Treasure, it would be Indiana Jones set in modern day. Which means it could be good if it is done right.

  40. Michael says:

    Mortal Kombat Annihilation is unintentionally hilarious. Don’t let Jeff dissuade you from watching it. It is completely bizarre. The fight scene between the two animalities at the end is so funny.

  41. Re: Mortal Kombat soundtrack —

    Oh, Chinese Ninja Warrior … with your heart SO COLD … Sub-Zeeeeeroooooo!

  42. Emily says:

    Hi everyone! Two quick notes about this week!
    We are playing tons of Skyrim, and we’re reading a ton of stuff about Skyrim, and we’re talking about Skyrim at parties…. but this week’s episode was so jam-packed with rad that we didn’t have time to record a Side Quest about Skyrim. Rest assured, we’ll be doing an All Star Skyrim episode in the very near future.
    Also, details about the contest mentioned at the end of the episode can be found on our Facebook page-


  43. Scoots says:

    What, no love for a Metal Gear Movie? Thought I heard way back when that David Hayter even penned a script.

  44. Leonidas says:

    Guys, love the show!

    You mention a good movie with Dwayne Johnson and how one doesn’t exist…. he is amazing in “Be Cool”.

    Keep up the good work.

  45. odin42 says:

    Ohhh, i like the silent hill movie. I think it captured the feel of those games really well.

  46. odin42 says:

    FIRSTIES AGAIN!!!!! Because i am eager for this show at work every monday morning.