by Melissa Uhrin
Some of my most cherished memories are of playing video games with my brother, or watching my brother play while I assisted. (Look out behind that corner Tim, there's a bunch of dicks there!) Flashback to Christmas 1987, (or 1988), when our present that year was our first NES and Super Mario Brothers and our realization that toys for kids could also be toys for adults! (Imagine being a kid and having to wait until all your uncles passed the levels before you could have your turn!! With your present!)
Over the past few years, I spent week upon week working out of town with my brother, and 90% of our evenings I spent watching him play Zelda (Twilight Princess or Ocarina of Time) or Final Fantasy (X or XIII), and I fully believe is is truly the best interactive movie style ever! Lately, however, I find it rather difficult to squeeze in any gaming (my current game of choice: Skyrim, of course!) when I am on a mission to watch ALL of the movies in existence. So how do I get the best of both worlds? BAM. Movies based on or about VIDEO GAMES! This has been the best week ever!
Let us go about these in chronological order, shall we? I know I missed a few obvious choices, but I was limited to what we could find to instantly stream or that was in our current film collection. (I'm talking about YOU, 1993's Super Mario Bros!)
The Wizard (1989)
Lara Croft Tomb Raider (2001)
Resident Evil (2002)
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
Wreck-It Ralph (2012)
What have I learned from my week immersed in movies based on video games? That I need to spend more time battling dragons in Skyrim, rescuing Zelda, and that the best birthday party you could ever throw for your nerd husband is a garage full of fellow nerds, food, televisions and Nintendo console gaming stations. Like I said, it's an elite club, one of which I am proud to be a part. And you are all free to join us, provided you know the secret codes.