8 Video Games That Were Turned Into Movies (But Shouldn’t Have Been)

Once regarded as a hobby for shut-ins and teenagers, video games have gained the kind of popularity that can make billionaires out of their developers. In fact, some gamers are even going “professional” and earning sizeable prizes in eSports competitions. The point is: video games are big business.

Unsurprisingly, Hollywood has long sought to tap into video games’ popularity for its own advantage. However, the folks in charge of these adaptations have really yet to crack the code. In the entire time that such films have been made, none has managed to be good enough to earn a rating higher than 50% on Rotten Tomatoes… still, some adaptations have made hundreds of millions of dollars. So, there’s that at least!

Below, you’ll find 8 of the most notable video games that were later turned into movies. Two of these videos games have yet to see their movies’ release, and the rest would probably wish that they hadn’t. Seriously, there’s almost no surer poison at the box office than the words “the movie based upon the video game.” God help you if you’ve seen some of these stinkers.

1. Angry Birds

Here’s a question for you: Is a smartphone without at least one Angry Birds game on it really a smartphone at all? The simple gameplay of the Angry Birds series, which takes advantage of the incredibly intuitive touch controls that smartphones can offer, is one of the highest-grossing mobile games of all time. Even if you’re inclined to hate it, you can’t. It’s that fun.

Well, Hollywood smells the money in the water, and they’re set to capitalize on Angry Birds’ popularity soon. The film is coming in May 2016 and includes an all-star cast featuring and sketch comedy duo Smosh and comedian Jason Sudeikis, who will be voicing the Red the red bird. Will it be better than the other video game adaptations on this list? We’re not holding our breath…


2. Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

If you’re a fan of classic video games, then you’re no doubt familiar with the original Prince of Persia video game. In a day when computers couldn’t really do that much, its roto-scoped character sprites and challenging platforming seemed well ahead of their time. The franchise, of course, continued onto more advanced machines and included the 2003 entry, Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time.

Released in 2010, the movie adaptation of the 2003 video game is regarded as a stinker and continues to have its reputation tarnished. The film, as you might know already, stars Jake Gyllenhaal as the titular Prince of Persia… Well, with all of the attention paid recently to white-washing in Hollywood, you’d better believe folks are deriding the film for casting the white-as-a-lily Jake as the Prince of Persia

3. Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

The Tomb Raider franchise is without a doubt one of the most popular video game franchises of all time. When the original came out, gamers responded excitedly to the inventive 3rd person platforming and shooting… Or maybe it’s that they appreciated looking at Lara Croft’s butt while playing their video games. We’ll never be sure!

It took longer than you’d expect for Hollywood to capitalize on this video game’s popularity. The first video game was released for PC in 1996, whereas the movie, which stars Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft, was released in 2001. While critics received the film negatively, audiences were all too eager to watch Angelina Jolie jump and run in a skimpy “explorer” outfit. The film netted nearly $275 million at the box office.

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