'Wreck-It Ralph' and more fake video games on the big screen
And just about every movie that has elements of action, adventure, superheroes, fantasy, sci fi or a young audience gets repurposed as a video game. Some of these games are fun. Some are slapped-together attempts to make a few more bucks off a hit movie. Are any of them advancing the cause of video games as art? We'll let the gamer geeks fight over that question.
Then there are those movies based on a video game that doesn't actually exist. "Wreck-It Ralph" is the latest entry into this canon. The hulking 8-bit bad guy decides he wants to be a hero, so he takes off into a world of first-person shooters, sugar-coated kids games, and more to find his purpose. It's getting great reviews -- and yes, it has already inspired a real video game. It's the circle of entertainment life.
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