Games from the Movies

games from movies

Some of my favorite games are the ones that came from movies. There was nothing like going to see an action movie, then getting to play the hero right on my TV screen. Some of the first were Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Star Wars writes on my Atari 2600. One minutes I would be Indiana Jones searching for lost treasure, and the next I would be Luke Skywalker battling At-Ats on the planet Hoth. Before video games came along, we had to run through the woods, or through the fields playing our heroes in real life. Now we could sit right in our living rooms, and replay all of our fantasies.

As video game systems got more complex, so did the games. After a while, there was a game for practically every big action movie out there. You could play John McClain in Die Hard or being more dashing as James Bond. The storylines became more complex, and the graphics were incredible. Video game designers even started writing alternate plots for the games that weren’t even in the movie. This gave players a whole other story to follow. The only difference was here, was that the hero didn’t always win, or get the girl. Most times you were killed off, and had to start from scratch.

I cannot write this piece without talking about be one game from a movie that really bombed. That was of course, E.T., by Atari. It was literally labeled the worst video game ever made. The story behind it was, the designer only had five weeks to create the game. The movie was hit on the big screen, and they wanted a game version to hit the shelves by Christmas. The coder said that he could easily do it within that time frame, but bit off a little more than he could chew.

E.T.

The game was released on time, and sold millions and millions of copies. They thought it was going to be a smashing success. But as soon as people started playing it, they realized how bad it was. Soon people flocked to the game stores to return their purchase. It was rumored that more than half of the E.T. games were returned for a refund. So in an effort to bury this project, they literally buried it. Millions were said to be dumped in a landfill in Alamogordo, NM. Years later, there was a movement to unearth all of these games and revisit the past.

But aside from that, I find that most games that come from the movies are well worth playing. My favorite are still the Star Wars series, and now you can even play a multi-player version against other people online. Whenever life gets hectic, I can take a break and soar through the universe fighting evil right in the comfort of my easy chair.

star wars video game

Video Games at the Party

friends

Party games are the best. When you get a group of your friends together for a night of fun and competition; nothing beats it. The classics are good. Scrabble, Charades, and even Yahtzee can be hours of laughs with your friends. As of late, I have been trying to add a more modern edge to the events. Since many video games now have multi user capabilities at the same time, I have brought this new platform to game night with my friends.

For evenings that consist of mostly guys, I opt for Halo or Call of Duty. You can play as teams, or as a group facing a single enemy. Some nights, we even switch sides with Call of Duty, and be the Germans for a change. It is kind of like a guilty pleasure to be the bad guy. After the drinks start flowing, things can get really competitive, and it can become every man for himself. The beauty of games like these, is that they can be saved, and even continued days later after the party. I have to admit that I play on my own to practice for when we all get together.

Halo night

If there is a mixed crowd, a good choice may be something like Wii, which can be enjoyed by men and women. It uses a controller that allows you to throw the ball in a sports game, or actually go through the motions of bowling in a bowling game. You actually get your whole body into it. Bowling would have to be all time party favorite. It appeals to everyone.

Wii Bowling

My all time favorite game for the party crowd is Guitar Hero. You play simulated instruments along with your favorite rock songs for points. Everyone loves the guitar, but my favorite is the drums. I always wanted to be a drummer as a kid, and this gives me an opportunity to live that fantasy. You can compete in groups for points, and see who can come the closest to the song. To brush up on my skills, I joined a site created by Jon Kois, who is a established rock drummer to learn the basics of playing the drums. He has the best course for beginner drum lessons. Every week I get better at the game.

Guitar hero

Even though traditional games can be great at a party, I find that playing videos games instead in a group environment can be more enjoyable. It gives people who don’t own a video game system an opportunity to enter that world, and it creates enough competition to give everyone something to talk about in the week ahead.