26 November 2007

Watching the game

The Starz network today broadcasts a surprisingly virile special on the intersection of the film and video game industry, called "Hollywood Goes Gaming." Tune in at 9 p.m. EST.

The documentary features lots of actors talking about formative video game experiences, directors talking about the challenge of turning a video game storyline into a moving movie, and lots of nostalgia for folks like me.

"Tron," which hasn't really aged well in my book, seems to be a highlight among these folks as video-game-movie done right (though it was a movie about games, not made from one). "Super Mario Bros." appears to be on the other side of the scales... Best bit of trivia?: In the flurry to buy rights to build video games based on movies in the early-1980s -- before the great Atari "E.T." debacle -- there was actually a bidding war for the video game rights to "Kramer vs. Kramer." (Quick, file those legal briefs before you lose custody of little Billy! That's game over, man!)

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