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By Julie

*I’m sure you all know by now that I love video games.  It’s pretty obvious.  What you may not know is that I have an equally strong love of fantasy books.  The more epic the series, the more interested I am.  Jordan, Erikson, Goodkind, Sanderson, Pratchett, Kay, Hobb, Feist, etc, etc.  I love them all, and when Chris and I aren’t slogging our way through the queue, I can almost always be found curled up with whatever book series has most recently caught my attention.  Because this is a video game blog, and not a fantasy book blog (OMG, fantasy book blog!), I’ll try to keep this on the gamer side of things, although it’s the book lover in me that is really offended.  Also, if you have no idea what I’m talking about, I apologize.*

Everyone knows that video games based on movies suck.  That is a fact.  While there may be a few exceptions to this rule floating around out there somewhere, on the whole, movie-to-game is almost always a recipe for disaster.  The same thing can be said about book-to-movie adaptations.  If you love a book, you will probably hate it in cinematic form.  Even if it’s not a bad movie, it can never quite capture the essence of the book that you enjoyed so much.  I feel this way about the LotR trilogy;  great movies, but they just couldn’t touch the books.

So if book to movie is bad, and movie to game is bad, what happens when you go from book to movie to game?  The answer: you fail.  Which means I have bad news for all of you Wheel of Time fans out there.  Not only are they making Wheel of Time movies, they are making Wheel of Time games based on those movies.

Red Eagle Entertainment is working with Universal Pictures on developing WoT films, and have started a new division called Red Eagle Games to make WoT games, partnering with EA.  While it doesn’t say anywhere specifically that the games will be based on the movies and not the books, I feel it’s a logical assumption.  The same thing happened with Eragon.  They made a movie that bore almost no resemblance to the book, and then based the game on the film, so they could put the actors on the cover, and release them at the same time.

Now, in the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit that although I read Eragon the book (meh), and I saw Eragon the movie (bad), I never played Eragon the game.  I feel pretty safe assuming it was bad, though, and Metacritic has my back.  This didn’t bother me too much, because Eragon wasn’t exactly a great series.  It was the kind of thing you breeze through in a week.  Enjoyable, but not memorable.  Wheel of Time on the other hand…

I have little doubt that the WoT movies will be a travesty, but while I still hold out a shred of hope that they’ll pull through with something decent, I am absolutely certain that the games will be an abomination.  Want to know how I know?  Red Eagle games has hired Chris Morgan to do the writing for them.  Do you know who Chris Morgan is?  He wrote the third Fast & Furious movie.  The one that didn’t have Vin Diesel or Paul Walker in it.  To date Tokyo Drift is his greatest achievement, along with Wanted, that crappy Angelina Jolie movie where she never talks.  He wrote the dialog for that!  Wow!  I am so glad that he is in charge of writing the video game version of one of my favourite epic fantasy series!

Maybe they can also hire Pauly Shore to do the voicework for Rand, and get the development team from Barbie Horse Adventures to work on the gameplay.  Because that would make as much sense as getting someone who writes screenplays for movies where nobody talks and things are constantly getting shot up/exploding to write high fantasy.

I’m sure Robot Jordan is rolling in his grave.  Or at least he will be when they condense his life’s work into a few dumbed-down movies and a matching set of horrendous video games that are unexplainably full of fast cars and explosions.

11 Comments • Comments RSSTrackBack URI
  1. 2009-08-12 18:45

    I must say this is a great article i enjoyed reading it keep the good work :)

  2. kdogoblingbling
    2009-08-13 11:00

    Hey you know what’s also bad, movies based on video games.

  3. 2009-08-13 12:00

    Yup. Also, books based on movies.

  4. Prince of Space
    2009-08-18 14:09

    Making movies out of WoT doesn’t seem like a bad idea, until they make the tenth one or so and the plot starts to go *backwards*. Also, the game they’ve already made about the books was pretty unspectacular so I don’t really have high hopes for the future games. Just so long as I can play as Perrin I’ll be happy.

  5. Prince of Space
    2009-08-18 15:39

    I’d also like to point out how great it is that you wrote “Robot Jordan.”

  6. 2009-08-19 8:08

    Just because you like it, I’ll leave that typo there, but know that it pains me to do so.

  7. Prince of Space
    2009-08-19 9:44

    Thanks, I appreciate it. Did you ever play the Wheel of Time PC FPS? It was set before the books and kinda boring but kind of neat at the same time to be in the world.

  8. 2009-08-20 6:50

    WoT FPS? That sounds awful.

  9. 2009-08-20 17:45

    I should also feel shame over the ‘Robot Jordan’ incident. While I didn’t two cents this article, I did proofread it. Fail.

  10. Prince of Space
    2009-08-21 0:14
  11. 2009-08-21 9:31

    ew, gamespot.

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