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How Action Movies Influenced Video Games
Movies of all genres and decades have had probably the biggest impact on the video game industry. Developers have always cited their favourite films and inspiration (Escape From New York inspired the Metal Gear Series, for example, or the works of John Woo inspiring the Max Payne series). Perhaps the biggest influences are the Action movies of the 1980s. Rambo, Commando, Predator, Running Man, Total Recall, and countless others. This genre has helped lead to some of the most visually and interactively appealing games in the industry. But what is the full extent of the connection? And how many games trace their roots to the big screen?
I think remasters (and especially remakes) serve a purpose in the industry. And I think for the very very old games, there is a value in reinventing them for modern hardware. But I think there’s a line somewhere between useful remasters/remakes and just plain cash grabs. But as you said, the companies recognize that the player’s love for the old games will win out over sense.
I remember watching the first episode of Mando and seeing him walk into that bar like in an old western movie. I knew right then that I would enjoy the series because it wore so heavily the western genre on its list of influences. Great article!
I think part of the value of games like Animal Crossing is the form of escapism they provide. They encourage the player to relax, but they also don’t tend to suck you in for hours upon hours. The game is limited to an internal clock system and you *will* run out of things to do after a certain point. Very well-written piece!