Hollywood Making Fewer Movie Games

Hollywood Making Fewer Movie Games

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Good news for gamers! Movie based games are on the decline.

According to publishers, you'll be seeing fewer videogames based on movies this year, as the large investments of time and money required to make a decent game is putting studios off. Not only that, but the poor sales of Ubisoft's Avatar game is showing that the practice of releasing something of a lower quality is starting to be unprofitable.

"The movie-based games business the way we have known it is broken," said Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president Martin Tremblay. "Quality is king now and quality is expensive, so it makes more sense than ever to own your intellectual property instead of paying for a license."

That's not to say that you won't see game based on licensed properties, but it would seem that the days of tie-in games are numbered, as the number of titles drops year after year. The LA Times reports that 15 tie-in games were released in 2009, versus the eleven scheduled for 2011.

"When you're asking consumers to shell out $60 for a game in a tough economy, they are going to be discerning with their dollars," said Take-Two Chief Executive Ben Feder. "That's why the strategy we're pursuing now is to publish a select number of quality games and create our own marketing events."

Source: LA Times

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Logan Westbrook:
The LA Times reports that 15 tie-in games were released in 2009, versus the eleven scheduled for 2001.

I take it you meant to say 2011, right?

At what point do I start getting paid for editing everyone in this site's articles?

What they need to do is to stop trying to release at the same time as the movie. Give the devs time to work with the licenses and we could actually see some results. Currently the schedules for making tie-in games are insane because the license holders demand the games come out at the same time as the movies: and that results in shit games.

So they've realised that GOOD games sell. Finally the publishers shouldn't be the last to figure that out.

It's the free market at work. People don't like a product, so the product ceases being made.

To this day, the only movie videogames I've truly enjoyed were Goldeneye 007, Chronicles Of Riddick and the godfather, and in the first 2, they weren't really tie-ins as such, and the third was made 30 years after the fact.

I just don't think it can be done without serious luck and effort. Films and movies, much as they copy off each other, are very different.

So how long did it take for these people to realize this?

I can't even remember many decent movie-game except for spider-man 2 of course

"Well, since we aren't capable of making them quality games, I guess we're just gonna do it less".

Yup, glad they were finally honest about it.

I could recall that it was E.T that caused the video game crash of 1983.

Didn't certain publishers learn about that?

Oh well, that means less glorifying advertising which is good enough for my book.

Now all we need to do is get rid off the casual pointless waist of time games and then we can all sing

OT:Well at least i know good game companys arn't loosing billions on "already going to be shit before they come out" games

sephiroth1991:
Now all we need to do is get rid off the casual pointless waist of time games and then we can all sing

A great song to sing for this news.

Let's hope that as a result of this we will see fewer studios shut down.

For what it's worth, at least the publisher/developer/whoever behind the Clash of the Titans game had to right idea to put it out alongside the DVD release. One would think this strategy would be best, considering you can go to a rental store (that isn't closing down) and pick up both releases at the same time.

And it would only cost you, like, an average of $10-$15 for both, depending what store you go to. Maybe less if you're going to a Mom & Pop rental store. Sure, it's not a direct sale for the publishers to reap from, but at least it's better than selling $60 worth of an unfinished product.

I still get my golden eye remake on the wii right?

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Logan Westbrook:
The LA Times reports that 15 tie-in games were released in 2009, versus the eleven scheduled for 2001.

I take it you meant to say 2011, right?

At what point do I start getting paid for editing everyone in this site's articles?

Actually, he probably meant 2010, otherwise the comparison to 2009 makes no sense.

I now demand you send me any money you may receive.

Is anyone else disheartened by the quote "Quality is king now and quality is expensive"? It seems like one of those pesky self-evident truths, but if only...

Tzekelkan:

OANST:

Logan Westbrook:
The LA Times reports that 15 tie-in games were released in 2009, versus the eleven scheduled for 2001.

I take it you meant to say 2011, right?

At what point do I start getting paid for editing everyone in this site's articles?

Actually, he probably meant 2010, otherwise the comparison to 2009 makes no sense.

I now demand you send me any money you may receive.

I assumed that he was making a comparison of a year that that they had full data on to an upcoming year's scheduled releases. However, I think you're right.

I think that we can all agree that this site's editor either can't read or just doesn't bother to.

I find it odd to hear them flat out admitting that these games were shovelware. I mean we knew that, but it's still odd to hear a company saying it.

I think this is generally a good thing, as it will hopefully mean more focus on games that aren't low-grade shovelware with a liscence attached.

Interestingly enough, my choice for only good film tie-in game is Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen, one which everyone seems so fond of criticising.

Well, they have now learned at least...how long it stays like that though...

Finally they came to their senses. The game of Avatar sucked ass and I am GLAD I haven't paid a single dime for it.

I do secretly wish for an epic Sci-fi named "Mass Effect".

Straying Bullet:
Finally they came to their senses. The game of Avatar sucked ass and I am GLAD I haven't paid a single dime for it.

I do secretly wish for an epic Sci-fi named "Mass Effect".

so do I
OT: i think avatar was GOOD for a movie-game but thats like a girl saying 'I'm more pretty! then Susen Boyle. So

sephiroth1991:

I like you. your'e cool

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Tzekelkan:

OANST:

Logan Westbrook:
The LA Times reports that 15 tie-in games were released in 2009, versus the eleven scheduled for 2001.

I take it you meant to say 2011, right?

At what point do I start getting paid for editing everyone in this site's articles?

Actually, he probably meant 2010, otherwise the comparison to 2009 makes no sense.

I now demand you send me any money you may receive.

I assumed that he was making a comparison of a year that that they had full data on to an upcoming year's scheduled releases. However, I think you're right.

I think that we can all agree that this site's editor either can't read or just doesn't bother to.

However, I think we can all agree that it was probably just a small mistake and it's not worth making a fuss over.

Tzekelkan:

OANST:

Tzekelkan:

OANST:

Logan Westbrook:
The LA Times reports that 15 tie-in games were released in 2009, versus the eleven scheduled for 2001.

I take it you meant to say 2011, right?

At what point do I start getting paid for editing everyone in this site's articles?

Actually, he probably meant 2010, otherwise the comparison to 2009 makes no sense.

I now demand you send me any money you may receive.

I assumed that he was making a comparison of a year that that they had full data on to an upcoming year's scheduled releases. However, I think you're right.

I think that we can all agree that this site's editor either can't read or just doesn't bother to.

However, I think we can all agree that it was probably just a small mistake and it's not worth making a fuss over.

Sure. If you overlook the fact that half of the articles on this site have little problems like that, then it is a very minor problem.

thenumberthirteen:
So they've realised that GOOD games sell. Finally the publishers shouldn't be the last to figure that out.

I'm willing to contest that idea. Bad games will always be made.

All I can say is thank the Gods // It my one pet peeve with it comes to new movies coming out, there is a change that it will have a game tie-in coming out at the same time // These games are never any good, they are always rushed and far to short for the $60 they will cost

Now movies based off games, that's something we can all enjoy . . . =/

-M

Maybe, just maybe casual gamers now understand quality given the decline in sales for rubbish.

Love it how they're all like "w-what? we ACTUALLY have to make an EFFORT in order to make money!?. Screw this man..."

uppitycracker:
"Well, since we aren't capable of making are too lazy to make them quality games, I guess we're just gonna do it less".

Yup, glad they were finally honest about it.

Fixed that for you.

Wait a second. They are just now realizing low quality games are unprofitable. I wanna be pissed with them but dammit we gamers are the ones buying this crap. We were making it profitable. We suck!

Goldeneye. Just saying.

manythings:

thenumberthirteen:
So they've realised that GOOD games sell. Finally the publishers shouldn't be the last to figure that out.

I'm willing to contest that idea. Bad games will always be made.

But people won't always buy them.

Now if only we can get them to stop making movies of video games, things will be perfect.

Or if that's too much to ask for, then I'd settle for getting them to stop getting Uwe Boll to make movies of video games.

Goldeneye is an exception from the piles and piles of crap. The fact that it's given to an experienced game company and given reasonable amount of time to make it, not to mention, the company didn't really have a big expectation to fill, they didn't have to rush it back then. Now it seems every movie-based games are handled by usually subpar company and rushed production.

I'm amazed Hollywood took this long to figure it out.

link141:

manythings:

thenumberthirteen:
So they've realised that GOOD games sell. Finally the publishers shouldn't be the last to figure that out.

I'm willing to contest that idea. Bad games will always be made.

But people won't always buy them.

I'm willing to contest that too. Buying a game is always a gamble, I REALLY wanted jade empire and as a bioware game it sounded like it was going to be amazing. €65 for the special addition and several boring, BORING hours later I was ready to hop on a plane and cock punch everyone involved.

OH NO! What are we going to do now without these games? /sarcasm

Good riddens i say, pretty much ALL movie games are completely rubbish and over priced.

 

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