Here’s Why a Live-Action Mass Effect Movie Won’t Work, But A TV Show Could

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Here’s Why a Live-Action Mass Effect Movie Won’t Work, But A TV Show Could

It feels like every month we're learning of a different game being flipped into some form of TV show or movie. From animated takes to live-action adaptations, gaming has never had a bigger spotlight on it than it does right now. In light of the recent onslaught of game adaptation news and years of talks about an alleged Mass Effect vision, here's why we don't need the beloved BioWare RPG series to leave the scope of gaming. 

As someone who has a whopping 30 playthroughs of the original Mass Effect trilogy and every collectible you can imagine, believe me when I say I always want more Mass Effect. That being said, looking at the patterns of previous adaptations and what it looks like the coming years will be like, I just don't think Mass Effect has any shot at survival, at least in this particular medium. This failure is especially true if that vision is meant to be a re-telling of the initial Mass Effect trilogy. Why, you may ask? Let's break it down. 

Here’s Why a Live-Action Mass Effect Movie Won’t Work, But A TV Show Could

about X hours ago from
Here’s Why a Live-Action Mass Effect Movie Won’t Work, But A TV Show Could

It feels like every month we're learning of a different game being flipped into some form of TV show or movie. From animated takes to live-action adaptations, gaming has never had a bigger spotlight on it than it does right now. In light of the recent onslaught of game adaptation news and years of talks about an alleged Mass Effect vision, here's why we don't need the beloved BioWare RPG series to leave the scope of gaming. 

As someone who has a whopping 30 playthroughs of the original Mass Effect trilogy and every collectible you can imagine, believe me when I say I always want more Mass Effect. That being said, looking at the patterns of previous adaptations and what it looks like the coming years will be like, I just don't think Mass Effect has any shot at survival, at least in this particular medium. Especially if that vision is meant to be a re-telling of the initial Mass Effect trilogy. Why, you may ask? Let's break it down. 

3 Simple Reasons Mortal Kombat Remains A Perfect Video Game Movie

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3 Simple Reasons Mortal Kombat Remains A Perfect Video Game Movie

It’s the summer of 1995. I anxiously fidget in a movie theater seat alongside my parents and equally excited brother for what was sure to be the singular defining cinematic event of my young life. Mortal Kombat, the film based on my favorite fighting game, was about to bombard my senses with assured awesomeness. I fell in love with Midway’s original arcade game and spent my childhood years battling friends and trading Fatality secrets. I couldn’t wait to finally see my beloved murderers martial artists on the big screen.

It didn’t disappoint. Mortal Kombat captured everything I loved about the games. It also managed to remix and ground certain elements just enough to make them seem new again without ruining them. After suffering disappointments in the form of Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter, someone finally made a good movie about a series that still excites me to this day

Decades later it remains my favorite video game film. Pleasant surprises like Sonic the Hedgehog or Detective Pikachu have approached that benchmark. Even those miss the mark in by one way or another. Mortal Kombat is no cinematic masterpiece but it doesn’t seem to get its due despite being a textbook example of a video game adaptation done right. Don’t believe me? First and foremost, go watch the film. All done? Pretty dope, right? Okay, now let’s break down why it works. 

3 Simple Reasons Mortal Kombat Remains A Perfect Video Game Movie

about X hours ago from
3 Simple Reasons Mortal Kombat Remains A Perfect Video Game Movie

It’s the summer of 1995. I anxiously fidget in a movie theater seat alongside my parents and equally excited brother for what was sure to be the singular defining cinematic event of my young life. Mortal Kombat, the film based on my favorite fighting game, was about to bombard my senses with assured awesomeness. I fell in love with Midway’s original arcade game and spent my childhood years battling friends and trading Fatality secrets. I couldn’t wait to finally see my beloved murderers martial artists on the big screen.

It didn’t disappoint. Mortal Kombat captured everything I loved about the games. It also managed to remix and ground certain elements just enough to make them seem new again without ruining them. After suffering disappointments in the form of Super Mario Bros. and Street Fighter, someone finally made a good movie about a series that still excites me to this day

Decades later it remains my favorite video game film. Pleasant surprises like Sonic the Hedgehog or Detective Pikachu have approached that benchmark. However, even those miss the mark in by one way or another. Mortal Kombat is no cinematic masterpiece but it doesn’t seem to get its due despite being a textbook example of a video game adaptation done right. Don’t believe me? First and foremost, go watch the film. All done? Pretty dope, right? Okay, now let’s break down why it works. 

Please Stop Slowing Doom Down

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Please Stop Slowing Doom Down

For what my money's worth, the new Doom games are some of the best of this generation. Doom (2016) and its sequel, Doom Eternal, don’t try to be something they're not. They know exactly why you're playing: to rip and tear. 

I think that's what makes them fantastic games. They're pure and focused experiences, self-aware enough to get away with their should-be-gross-but-so-ridiculous-it's-actually-funny levels of gore. But also technically solid enough to be some of the best-playing games in recent memory. There's never any mystery or surprises when loading up a new Doom game. Once I hit start, I'm going to go fast, I'm going to kill everything in front of me, and it's going to feel amazing. That's all I need right there. I'm skipping all that story. I'm not considering whether Doom has a grand message it's trying to convey. I'm just running and gunning through the hordes of demons in front of me. 

Please Stop Slowing Doom Down

about X hours ago from
Please Stop Slowing Doom Down

For what my money's worth, the new Doom games are some of the best of this generation. Doom (2016) and its sequel, Doom Eternal, don’t try to be something they're not. They know exactly why you're playing: to rip and tear. 

I think that's what makes them fantastic games. They're pure and focused experiences, self-aware enough to get away with their should-be-gross-but-so-ridiculous-it's-actually-funny levels of gore. But also technically solid enough to be some of the best-playing games in recent memory. There's never any mystery or surprises when loading up a new Doom game. Once I hit start, I'm going to go fast, I'm going to kill everything in front of me, and it's going to feel amazing. That's all I need right there. I'm skipping all that story. I'm not considering whether Doom has a grand message it's trying to convey. I'm just running and gunning through the hordes of demons in front of me. 

2020 Halloween Gaming Events To Enjoy This Month

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2020 Halloween Gaming Events To Enjoy This Month

It's October, which means fun Halloween gaming events to enjoy. From shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch to more niche games like a/review/among-us/among-us-review-better-late-than-never and Pokemon GO; here are some of the biggest gaming events to enjoy for Halloween 2020. 

The Bloody Harvest event is back for Borderlands 3 players, but don't expect too much to be different from last year's event. Meet up with Maurice in Sanctuary III, get as much Hecktoplasm as you can get your hands on, and kill Captain Haunt in Heck (yes, Heck). Just like last time, there will be specific challenges to complete to unlock timed-loot. Another bright side to this year's event is that Gearbox listened to fans, and made the necessary adjustments to make the challenges more of an enjoyable experience and less of a grind. 

This event is available now and runs until November 5. 

2020 Halloween Gaming Events To Enjoy This Month

about X hours ago from
2020 Halloween Gaming Events To Enjoy This Month

It's October, which means fun Halloween gaming events to enjoy. From shooters like Call of Duty and Overwatch to more niche games like a/review/among-us/among-us-review-better-late-than-never and Pokemon GO; here are some of the biggest gaming events to enjoy for Halloween 2020. 

The Bloody Harvest event is back for Borderlands 3 players, but don't expect too much to be different from last year's event. Meet up with Maurice in Sanctuary III, get as much Hecktoplasm as you can get your hands on, and kill Captain Haunt in Heck (yes, Heck). Just like last time, there will be specific challenges to complete to unlock timed-loot. Another bright side to this year's event is that Gearbox listened to fans, and made the necessary adjustments to make the challenges more of an enjoyable experience and less of a grind. 

This event is available now and runs until November 5. 

Best Moments From AOC Among Us Twitch Stream

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Best Moments From AOC Among Us Twitch Stream

Yesterday, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (also known as AOC) took to Twitch for the first time to stream some Among Us with big-name streamers to raise voter awareness. She didn't talk about who to vote for and she did keep policy talk relatively light, instead, she encouraged viewers to just go out and vote and to vote safely with the pandemic still ongoing. With an impressive peak putting her at over 435,000 concurrent viewers at one time, making her one of the highest viewed 'streamers' concurrently to-date, she also was pretty entertaining to watch when joined by fellow house representative Ilhan Omar. 

From accidentally self-reporting on her very first match to just all-around funny moments while trying to vote who is sus and who isn't, there were some pretty hilarious moments in the recent stream. Even reactions from her fellow streamers were numerous light-hearted moments that happened when this whirlwind idea quickly became a reality. 

Here are some of the highlights from the recent AOC debut stream: 

Best Moments From AOC Among Us Twitch Stream

about X hours ago from
Best Moments From AOC Among Us Twitch Stream

Yesterday, New York representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (also known as AOC) took to Twitch for the first time to stream some Among Us with big-name streamers to raise voter awareness. She didn't talk about who to vote for and she did keep policy talk relatively light, instead, she encouraged viewers to just go out and vote and to vote safely with the pandemic still ongoing. With an impressive peak putting her at over 435,000 concurrent viewers at one time, making her one of the highest viewed 'streamers' concurrently to-date, she also was pretty entertaining to watch when joined by fellow house representative Ilhan Omar. 

From accidentally self-reporting on her very first match to just all-around funny moments while trying to vote who is sus and who isn't, there were some pretty hilarious moments in the recent stream. Even reactions from her fellow streamers were numerous light-hearted moments that happened when this whirlwind idea quickly became a reality. 

Here are some of the highlights from the recent AOC debut stream: