Glad to see you guys again! I've been very quiet on social media lately because I wanted to stay away from the drama about COVID-19, but it's futile at this point. The new coronavirus is impacting the global economy and our entire way of living. So, here are the following things you need to know about my upcoming blog posts.
Sporting events have been cancelled, I'm not attending any events or traveling in the near future, and movie releases have been postponed. That means my next several blog posts will be about streaming and games. I can always watch something on Netflix or play games at home. Also, I might create a couple posts about writing if anything comes to mind. You might even see a couple more topics about post-apocalyptic fiction. Yeah, some of you might think it's in poor taste while others might find it quite appropriate for our situation. We'll just have to see what comes to mind. I write about these topics frequently anyway, but my options are pretty limited at the moment.
Obviously, I'm not a doctor or scientist, but here are my thoughts about COVID-19. If you're sick, please stay home. It seems like COVID-19 and the seasonal flu have similar symptoms, so just stay home if you're experiencing a fever, coughing, and sneezing. Do I believe the coronavirus is highly contagious? Definitely. From what I've seen and read on the news, it seems like COVID-19 is spreading very quickly across the globe.
Do I believe this virus is deadlier than most diseases? Not at all. I believe many diseases are significantly deadlier than COVID-19 in most cases, including Ebola, Malaria, AIDS, MERS, H1N1, Avian flu, SARS, MRSA, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis A, flesh eating disease, and even the seasonal flu, but that's just my opinion. However, every single death from COVID-19 will be recorded on television and the internet, so it will seem like this disease has a really huge death rate compared to anything else. Whereas the news isn't going to record every death from the flu or other diseases on live television every day, so you just won't know about them. Do you guys think the Bubonic Plague or Black Death went extinct a long time ago? Nope! It's still infecting a small number of people to this day. I dare you to Google some of the diseases I just mentioned in this paragraph. You'll be horrified. It will definitely make you look at the coronavirus very differently.
With that said, I believe we should all take COVID-19 seriously. Be vigilante, but sensible. It's getting hard to find basic necessities like toilet paper, soap, paper towels, food, and other items. Seriously, you don't need a two year supply of toilet paper. Please be courteous in stores to employees and other shoppers. You don't need to fight over supplies.
Over here in Southern California, many places are closed, including schools and any location where large public gatherings occur. The state and federal government is erring on the side of caution and I believe it's a good idea. It's probably difficult for a virus to spread when you're not around people. Our global economy is really suffering right now, but it can't be helped. I'm sure we'll go into a big recession. Ultimately, we just need to get through the flu season.
In my opinion, this is an awful time for traveling. I don't understand why anyone would want to travel at the moment. Personally, I'm staying far away from airports, cruises, trains, and other forms of public transportation. How do you think other countries are getting this virus? It happens via traveling.
I feel confident about the contagion lessening during warm weather. Usually, viruses don't thrive well during the summer. I also believe we'll have a vaccine at some point. Hopefully, a vaccine will be available for the next flu season. I'm crossing my fingers.
Despite everything that's happening, you can still find plenty of entertainment. Read a good book. Talk to your friends online, on the phone, or through Skype. Play some games. Binge movies and shows on various streaming services. There are plenty of ways to kill time. Give creative writing a shot. I'm sure some of you are thinking about writing your own books or stories. This is the perfect time to experiment. Believe it or not, we can all be optimistic.
Well, that was a very different blog post for me, but we're experiencing an unusual situation. Leave a comment if you have any thoughts, suggestions, ideas, or concerns. Next week, I'll probably post some game reviews, but that's subject to change. I'm also planning to write some mini reviews for movies that are exclusive to streaming. We're going to have a lot of fun on my website. Just keep checking. Take care of yourselves, be safe, and come back again soon. Bye!
Welcome back! Video game adaptations have a terrible reputation and for good reason. Game franchises rarely become good films, but I think there's a specific issue. Studios purchase the rights to various game franchises because they could potentially sell a lot of movie tickets. They hire filmmakers who will make a feature movie and the finished product is a mess. Ultimately, the majority of directors, screenwriters, and producers don't play video games and know very little about the source material. Naturally, this is a recipe for disaster. I honestly believe several game series could be successful film adaptations with the right creators. After all, many games have great stories, characters, world building, and plenty of action. It's the right formula for good cinema. I'm going to list some game franchises that could be awesome films. Check it out!
The original BioShock game has a great story and it's surprisingly thought provoking. It chronicles the fall of a false utopia called Rapture. What happens if an underwater city is built and controlled by individuals who don't have a moral compass? Obviously, you're going to have bloody mayhem. I think it's also a timely subject for the modern era. If a film studio adapted the first BioShock game, it would probably be a decent hit. Besides, I'm sure gamers would love to see Rapture come to life. The costumes would probably be cool too.
The Last of Us
It's a tragic post-apocalyptic game about humanity, survival, and difficult choices in the midst of a zombie outbreak. The characters are exceptionally well developed and this game takes a unique spin on the zombie subgenre. They're considerably stranger and more terrifying than most zombies. A film version could be surprisingly artistic, but still accessible to the mainstream public. I'm pretty sure The Last of Us is being adapted into a tv series on HBO, but a movie seems more appropriate.
Red Dead Redemption
Both of the main Red Dead Redemption games are excellent. They have great stories, immersive environments, and relatable characters. I can't identify many great westerns in the modern era, but this one would have a lot of potential. Red Dead Redemption takes a classic approach to the antihero trope and uses it effectively in the western genre. It could even resurrect the western genre on the big screen for a short period of time.
Horizon Zero Dawn
This is a very unique game set in a post-apocalyptic future. A disastrous event destroyed a technological civilization and now humans are living in a futuristic Stone Age while being hunted by robot dinosaurs. It's about a spunky young lady who's going to bring great change to their culture and hopefully stop those frenzied robots. I think it sounds like a really fun adventure with amazing world building.
The Evil Within
Here's one for horror fans. I didn't enjoy the games, but the story is interesting enough to deserve a movie. In fact, The Evil Within should have been a film instead of a game series anyway. The story and visual elements are more suitable for a feature movie or even a trilogy. A detective walks into a nightmarish environment that bends reality, including monsters, zombies, and booby traps that could easily fit in the Saw films. If you like raw horror, The Evil Within could be a terrifying movie.
This is an Elseworlds version of the Justice League with Superman ruling the world under a totalitarian regime. I doubt Warner Bros. would use the actors in the current DC universe, but it could be a good animated film. It's a worst case scenario with a little bit of hope from the heroes who are willing to fight against Superman. The entire situation goes against Superman's character and that's why it could be a pretty strong Elseworlds story.
The Wolfenstein games also take place in an alternate reality. Some of you might equate it to The Man in the High Castle. In an alternate timeline, the Allies were defeated by the Axis during World War II. Now everyone is under the rule of Nazi Germany. The series also incorporates futuristic technology, such as a robots, genetic engineering, and various super weapons. Overall, the main story follows a group of American rebels who plan to overthrow the Reich. I believe it could be an interesting film adaptation.
Again, I'm not a fan of the gameplay because stealth isn't my strength. But the story and world building is quite intriguing. The Dishonored games take place in a fictional steampunk world with political uprisings, plagues, sorcery, and bizarre Lovecraftian creatures. I'm sure a movie version would be quite expensive, but people tend to enjoy fantasies. It's also nice to see something different periodically.
A films adaptation of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided could be a great step forward for the cyberpunk genre. The game takes place in a dystopian future where enhanced humans are being segregated from the rest of the population. The protagonist becomes a soldier of fortune who uses his augmentations to combat secret organizations and a corrupt political system. I believe it could be a timely and popular story on the big screen.
God of War
Recently, the God of War series was rebooted during the time of Norse mythology. It's a beautiful, fierce, and enchanting game about the God of War who must raise his son to become a warrior while fending off rival Gods and various creatures. It could be a very lush fantasy movie with dynamic characters and cool action scenes. I'm sure it could be significantly better than other fantasy films that are set during antiquity, including Clash of the Titans and The Legend of Hercules.
Surprisingly, the Arkham games have some of the best representation from the Batman comics. It's true to Batman's character, his villains and allies, his technology, Gotham City, and the basic heart of the Dark Knight legacy. Warner Bros. should make a spinoff series about the Arkham games, including the primary storylines. I'm sure it would be a huge success, even among people who don't care about video games.
The Order: 1886
This game is a dark fantasy with vampires, werewolves, knights, and steampunk elements. The Order wasn't liked very well in the gaming community, but I think the premise is more suited for a movie anyway. I don't even believe it would need a massive budget. A midrange budget with a small cast would be fine for this type of property. Again, I think it could be a refreshing change of pace from the typical blockbuster and horror tropes.
Bendy and the Ink Machine
Actually, I believe this game could be a really good animated film on Netflix. It could be a PG-13 type of animated movie that showcases the bizarre and creepy atmosphere of Bendy's world. The founder of an animation studio uses dark magic to bring his characters to life, but they manifest as demonic entities that wreak havoc on the studio and its employees. I think it sounds like a weird horror adventure that could be quite popular on streaming services.
That's all for this week. What game adaptations would you like to see on the big screen? Do you think game adaptations have the potential to work at all? Leave a comment. Stay tuned for more content and thanks for visiting. Have a good night!
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