Saturday, 22 February 2014

The Return of Video Game TV Shows

Remember when Nickelodeon made that show based on the Tak series? ...Yeah, me niether. Can't blame you, before there were crappy video game movies, we had cheesy video game tv shows. Of course, the TV shows were MUCH better than the movies, despite the fact that the companies who made them were purposely creating cheesy cartoons and reskinning them with video game characters. If that were the case, SonicAM would have been lumped in with Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog as a bad childhood memory. ...Although, I did enjoy watching that show, and the Mario Bros. cartoon. Cheesy, yes, but they're a lot better than the Spongebob-knockoffs and Simpsons-ripoffs I'm seeing now.

Anyway, last year I heard that, of all games, Pac-Man was adapted into a new TV show on Disney XD. Out of curiosity, I checked out the pilot episodes. It looks like history has taught the shows creators well. I'm serious, this isn't like Sonic X or whatever crap you've seen before. Rather than create more re-skinned kid-pandering crap, these guys turned "Pacster" into a defined character with a personality and created a brand new universe for him to thrive in. If their was any flaw to the pilot, it's the shows "faithfulness" to the game. After all, how can you make a show out of a guy who can eat ghosts without turning it into a glorified commercial? That's what I intend to find out when I watch the rest of the series this weekend.

Back on topic, after Pac-Man, I saw Angry Birds, Rayman's Rabbids (having running their spinoff series into the ground), and even Ape Escape get TV shows as well. Oh, and let's not forget about Syfy's Defiance! Not a show based on a game, but a game tied in to a show! While I thought the first season was pretty weak, and the game not so appealing, I still see potential in this new venture. Capping off 2013 was the long antipated BlazBlue anime, Alter Memory. It sounds like a great surprise but then again, we all saw that one coming. It's Japan, EVERYTHING gets an anime adaption sooner or later.

Finally, we have Sonic Boom. The forth show based on Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic Boom is both a new CGI series and spinoff video game designed to appeal to western fans; the same way Sonic X did for Japanese fans. This is just the exclamation point on the hedgehog's comeback following the success of Sonic Colours. That game brought a fresh, lighthearted atmosphere that the preceding games didn't have. Judging from it's trailer, that atmosphere was clearly carried over to the new TV show and it's a perfect match!

Are you getting giddy? Because I'm getting giddy. Video Game shows are making a comeback in a BIG way. Unlike the shows of the past, these new adaptions are imaginative, faithful and addictive. This is what all video game adaptions strive fore!
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