10 Coolest Fictional Video Games

With Gamer airing on IFC tonight at 8/7c, we thought it might be dope to revisit other imaginary video games, most of which are a little less murderous.

10. Arcade – Arcade

Albert Pyun’s 1993 horror film Arcade had an unimaginatively-named video game that entrapped losers in a CGI hellworld.

9. The Bishop Of Battle – Nightmares

In this post-Creepshow horror anthology, Emilio Estevez faces off against a retro arcade game that becomes all too real.

8. Demonik – Grandma’s Boy

Stoner comedy Grandma’s Boy featured a protagonist working on his own video game at home, the sexy FPS Demonik.

Jessica Alba brings “Street Fighter” to Instagram

Jessica Alba just earned some major cool points. The actress and self-proclaimed nerd-lover has uploaded a series of “Street Fighter”-themed photos to her Instagram account to contribute to one of the most awesome video game memes we’ve seen around the web.

The >images, which can be seen below, show Alba, her husband Cash Warren and a handful of their friends posing in “Street Fighter” action poses like they were in the game. All of the images are appropriately hashtagged “hadouken,” the special attack used by several “Street Fighter” characters. If only they had been able to Photoshop the fireball in…

The “Street Fighter” franchise celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. There have been 14 versions of the popular fighting game series released, the most recent being “Street Fighter X Mega Man” in December 2012. The best-selling game in the series is “Street Fighter II,” which has made over $1.5 billion worldwide. A “Street Fighter” feature film was released in 1994, and a television series is reportedly in the works.

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John Carpenter wants to direct the “Dead Space” movie

A “Dead Space” film has been in the works for years, but so far no forward momentum has been made on the project. But as video game properties are getting their rights snapped up left and right, it could be that EA is looking to move forward on adapting the horror video game once again.

Well, if they’re looking for a director, they should stop now. “Halloween” and “The Thing” helmer John Carpenter has stepped forward to let the world know that if a “Dead Space” movie is up for grabs then he would like to take it.

“You know it’s great. The first game was more — I guess it was like ‘Alien’ — but not quite. It was a little different than that,” Carpenter told Game Informer (via IGN). “I maintain that ‘Dead Space’ would just make a great movie because you have these people coming onto an abandoned, shut-down space ship and they have to start it up and something’s on board. It’s just great stuff. I would love to make ‘Dead Space’ [into a film], I’ll tell you that right now. That one is ready-made.”

Considering Carpenter is a horror legend and a big video game fan, it would be a great match to have him tackle “Dead Space.” Granted, his recent films haven’t been massive successes and his career has slowed down a lot over the past decade, but as long as “Dead Space” has a solid script, we bet a John Carpenter-directed movie would be amazing. EA, are you taking notice?

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“Gears of War” movie gets a new producer

The “Gears of War” movie might not have a new home after being dropped by New Line, but it at least does have a new producer. It’s being reported that Scott Stuber has been chosen by Epic Games to try to bring the game to the big screen.

The “Ted” and “Safe House” producer was chosen from candidates like Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Chernin Entertainment, Variety reports. Beyond Stuber, “Gears of War” doesn’t yet have a director, writer, actors or studio attached, but Stuber is developing the script with Epic right now and Universal Pictures has a first-look deal on the film.

Originally Len Wiseman had been slated to direct “Gears of War,” but that plan eventually fell through. It seems like Stuber and Epic will start from scratch with the script and move forward from there.

Video game adaptations seem like they could be the next big push now that comic book movies have proved that genre is the biggest thing in Hollywood. A “Rachet & Clank” animated film is on the way, a “Tomb Raider” reboot is happening, J.J. Abrams and Valve are teaming up on “Portal” and “Half-Life” movies, Duncan Jones will direct a “World of Warcraft” adaptation, Michael Fassbender is starring in an “Assassin’s Creed” film, and there will also be movies based on “Shadow of the Colossus,” “God of War,” “Deus Ex: Human Revolution,” “Splinter Cell,” “Metal Gear Solid” and “Mass Effect.” No wonder Epic is so dedicated to getting a “Gears of War” movie in theaters.

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“Ratchet & Clank” movie announced, teaser released

Yesterday, Sony surprised moviegoers and gamers alike by releasing a teaser trailer for a “Ratchet & Clank” movie. The video game series, now over a decade old, features a young anthropomorphic lombax and his robot companion on various quests to save their galaxy from destruction. Both are seen in the teaser, as well as the longtime fool of the series, Captain Qwark. Qwark is a celebrity superhero who actually isn’t much of a hero at all; time and time again he proves to be either morally bankrupt or outright incompetent. Nonetheless, as the teaser makes clear, he has become one of the most iconic comic relief characters in the gaming world.

Although the movie will be produced in partnership with Rainmaker Entertainment and Blockade Entertainment, it will be spearheaded by the series’ longtime developer, Insomniac Games. Insomniac Games has one of the best track records of any game developer in the business, with an average critical score of about 85/100 according to Metacritic. They are best known for creating the original three “Spyro the Dragon” games, four “Resistance” games, and a whopping ten “Ratchet & Clank” games. They  are so good at writing their stories and game dialogues that Insomiac’s own TJ Fixman will be penning the script. Fixman is very excited about his next project, and described inheriting the series creatively as being “entrusted with the keys to my father’s cherry Cadillac”. Check out his very personal blog post here.

As for the series itself, it has been announced that the movie will be an origins story, containing most of the plot elements from the original 2002 game. It is unknown who the antagonist will be, but many fans are anticipating Chairman Drek will fill that role. The movie will also take various plot points from other games, namely the Galactic Rangers from “Up Your Arsenal.”

Fans are already very excited about the upcoming movie for they see R&C’s excellent blend of action, humor, and heart as ingredients for a compelling film. Sony anticipates a release sometime in 2015.

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Is Hayley Atwell campaigning to play Lara Croft in “Tomb Raider”?

MGM and GK Films are rebooting “Tomb Raider,” which means the search is out for a new Lara Croft. The studio hasn’t come up with a short list of actresses who would potentially be up for the role yet, but one seems to be making her interest known.

Hayley Atwell, best known for her role in “Captain America: The First Avenger,” has been retweeting a number of messages from people suggesting to MGM that she play Lara Croft. Though she hasn’t made a case for herself, the sheer number of retweets seems to suggest that she definitely wants the role.

Atwell certainly has the look of Lara Croft, though she isn’t an Angelina Jolie lookalike. That would be good for MGM, as the studio seems to want to start the franchise from scratch just like Square Enix recently did with its “Tomb Raider” video game series. Atwell has proved in the past that she has the stuff for big blockbuster movies thanks to her involvement in “Captain America.”

“I am thrilled to partner with [MGM CEO] Gary [Garber] and his MGM team on rebooting this successful ‘Tomb Raider’ film franchise. The enthusiasm over the recent game release is very encouraging and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen,” GK Films founder Graham King said in a statement.

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“Tomb Raider” movie reboot is happening

Square Enix might not have been especially happy with the performance of their new “Tomb Raider” game, but at least the reboot of the series was received favorably by fans and critics. That seems to have been enough for MGM and GK Films, who are teaming up to reboot the film series as well.

“I am thrilled to partner with [MGM CEO] Gary [Garber] and his MGM team on rebooting this successful ‘Tomb Raider’ film franchise. The enthusiasm over the recent game release is very encouraging and we can’t wait to bring it to the big screen,” GK Films founder Graham King said in a statement.

Development is said to begin immediately, though casting for the project has not been announced. King will act as a producer on the movie. It seems as though this will start the “Tomb Raider” film franchise from scratch, meaning no more Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft.

“Lara Croft: Tomb Raider” hit theaters in 2001 and its sequel, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” came out in 2003. Both were received poorly by critics and did relatively well in theaters (the first made $131 million domestic, the second made $65 million domestic). In the 10 years since the second movie came out, there have been plenty of actresses who have come forward who could potentially fill Jolie’s shoes, so we doubt MGM and GK will have any difficulty finding a new Lara Croft.

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New “Batman: Arkham” game coming in 2013?

Don’t expect that the “Batman: Arkham” games have ended just because Christopher Nolan wrapped “The Dark Knight” trilogy. Warner Bros. plans to keep the DC Universe alive, and one way of doing that is by releasing a follow-up to “Batman: Arkham City.”

The game came out in 2011 and was a certified hit, following on the coattails of its predecessor “Batman: Arkham Asylum.” That’s why it’s not much of a surprise that Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer John K. Martin let slip during the 2012 Q4 Earnings conference call that a third “Batman: Arkham” game is on the way.

“We also have a strong games release this year, which will include the next release in the Batman Arkham franchise. So all in all, we expect Warners to post another very strong year in 2013,” he said.

So what will it be about? Variety reported back in July that the new game is being developed as a prequel that revolves around Batman’s first encounter with the Joker. The Joker is already a major character in the “Batman: Arkham” games, so it will be interesting to see this new title explain why they became archenemies.

In addition, the new game is “based on the Silver Age of DC’s comicbooks from the 1950s when the Caped Crusader teamed with other heroes like Superman and founded the Justice League of America.” Yeah, sounds like a “Justice League” tie-in to us too.

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J.J. Abrams and Valve planning “Portal” and “Half-Life” movies

J.J. Abrams and Gabe Newell are joining forces with the intention of making video games and films together. The Bad Robot and Valve executives announced at the end of their DICE Summit keynote that they’ll be teaming up going forward in a pretty exciting way.

“There’s an idea we have for a game that we’d like to work with Valve on,” said Abrams. Newell added, “We’re super excited about that and we also want to talk about making movies, either a ‘Portal’ movie or a ‘Half-Life’ movie.”

The big announcement came after Abrams and Newell gave a 25-minute talk, titled “Storytelling Across Platforms: Who Benefits Most, the Audience or the Player?” During it, they discussed the different — and similar — ways video games and movies tell stories. This is likely a shortened version of a conversation the two esteemed men had in real life, and a look into what drove them to work together.

Following the discussion, Abrams confirmed to Polygon that “Portal” and “Half-Life” films are indeed in their early stages.

“It’s as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets, which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas,” he said. “Both a ‘Portal’ and ‘Half-Life’ movie are things I want to see. We’re also aware of the cautionary tales of movies that became games and vice versa. Our goal here to is to treat the world Valve has created in both these properties like anyone would a book or some great story that comes from a pitch or original script — just to treat it with the respect they treat their games and their players with.”

Now that’s a mentality we can get behind.

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Duncan Jones to direct “World of Warcraft” movie

The planned “World of Warcraft” movie continues to get high profile talent. After losing Sam Raimi back in August, the project has picked up Duncan Jones as a director.

The Hollywood Reporter has the news, and it’s pretty exciting for fans of Jones’ work. The man behind “Moon” and “Source Code” has a great science fiction vision, and it’s one that should work well applied to the beloved MMO.

“So the gauntlet was thrown down ages ago: Can you make a proper MOVIE of a video game. Ive always said its possible. Got to DO it now!” Jones tweeted.

Reports claim that Legendary Pictures is willing to throw the money needed at the film, called “Warcraft.” It’s expected to be a $100 million — or more — production, and will be produced by Thomas Tull and Jon Jasni at Legendary and Charles Roven and Alex Gartner at Blizzard and Atlas Entertainment.

At the same time it was announced that Raimi was no longer with “Warcraft,” it was also revealed that “Blood Diamond” scribe Charles Leavitt was penning the script. He seems like the perfect man for the job, as he also is responsible for the scripts for “K-Pax” and the upcoming “The Seventh Son.”

The “Warcraft” series centers on the conflict between two opposing groups: the Horde and the Alliance. “World of Warcraft” has gone on to become one of the most successful online games of all time. It’s done a good job of bridging the gap between casual consumers and avid gamers, so hopefully a movie would be able to do the same thing.

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