Sunday, October 28, 2007

movies to video games and back again

It's amazing, the types of media that turn into other types of media. Video games become movies, movies become MMO games, television shows become movies and vice versa, and commercials turn into sitcoms! I was watching Lara Croft: Tomb Raider last night, and I found out that the game came out, and then turned into a movie with Angelina Jolie, and after that all the rest of the Tomb Raider games featured her voice as Lara Croft instead of the original movie.

My favorite movie ever is the Princess Bride, which came out 20 years ago, and just this year I found out it is being turned into an MMO, where you can play it online with many other people and experience life in that world.

And one of my favorite television shows, Firefly, got canceled after the first season, but there was such a following for it afterwards that a movie called Serenity was made as a kind of ending for the series. I enjoy how different types of media are meshed together until you aren't sure which one came first.

1 comment:

Deg said...

Tomb Raider is an excellent example of convergence. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the game you could:
1. Watch a cartoon series online on GameTap's web site.
2. Play the video games via GameTap computer software.
3. Watch the movies on TNT (which happens to be owned by Turner, who owns GameTap).
4. I'm sure there was print media involved in there somewhere too.

These traditional media companies, like Turner Broadcasting, are really trying to spread into new media, like video games and the Internet. And the best part for them is that they can cross-promote their products on each of the different mediums they use.