Even in the world of entertainment and pop culture some forms of media are more praised and accepted than others. Movies take the spotlight rather than television, no matter if a particular show is more critically acclaimed than its movie equivalent. Novels are always considered ‘better’ than the graphic novel for no reason at all except perhaps, misconceptions and misunderstandings about the graphic novel. Comic book fans don’t always read manga and vice verse, though they share an incredible number of similar characteristics. And, of course there is the video game, often ignored and not included in this list of art forms. Video games always seem to get the short end of the stick, even being blamed for things such as unemployment. It is the video game, though, that has the greatest versatility and overlap into other forms of popular entertainment.
The great sweeping plots of the RPG – that is the role playing game for anyone not familiar with the term – doused with a heavy to moderate amount of action and battle give themselves well to both paper and screen adaptations. But don’t simply take my word for it. Lets take a look a some examples.
Both the world of novels and the screen – whether silver or the one in the living room – have been ventured by big video gaming studios before. The large, sprawling world of the Dragon Age franchise is a prime example. Besides the two video games – Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age II – along with an expansion pack and many DLC packs, Dragon Age has two novels which are based on the lives and adventures of in-game characters. A new comic is also set to be released by Dark Horse, the story once again delving into the adventures of beloved characters. A movie is also set to be released in conjunction with FUNimation along with several live action webisodes filmed with Felicia Day. And they have a tabletop game in the Dungeons and Dragons style.
And Dragon Age isn’t the only series to recieve such treatment. Halo, another beloved franchise, has reached into many other forms of entertainment as well. There are several novels, graphic novels and comics that have been released as part of the Halo canon. A film adaptation had been slated but has since been pulled from production for various reasons. But there are several anime film adaptations which are officially part of the Halo universe.
And still video games are given a bad reputation. Why? Misunderstanding by those who don’t play and not enough effort on the part of gamers to rectify the situation. So pick up a book or graphic novel that’s based on a video game, even if you’ve never played it. Watch a film whose plot line was taken from a game. You won’t be disappointed.