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Gaming's biggest movie rip-offs

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The relationship between games and movies has always been a tense one. There's something almost violently alchemical about the way the two media usually react to each other. It's like getting hit by a yellow, piss-soaked snowball. Either element can be unpleasant enough on its own, but put them both together and something far more horrible happens.

 
Games of movies, movies of games, they're both usually about as much fun as the death of a clown at a ten year-old's birthday party. But still we just can't resist combining the two. Maybe it's because we like our games to be epic and involving like movies, or maybe it's just because they both happen on a screen and we can't be bothered to differentiate. Either way, since the dawn of gaming we've had an almost instinctive craving to blend the two media, and it almost always blows up in our faces.

 
Thankfully though, certain developers have cracked a magical formula for making the unholy alliance work. A method by which to integrate a movie's concepts into an interactive format while still creating an enjoyable and worthwhile product. The technique? Ripping the movie off without bothering to buy the license. Yes it seems that without the official branding on the box, the evil mistakes the game inside for an innocent one and so neglects to infect its code. Don't believe us? Read on. The flagrant 'borrowing' has been going on for years...

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  • Chiropteran - September 28, 2008 1:21 p.m.

    Rip-off? Hmm. But why not? If you see something good, be inspired. Some of these are more "rip-off" than others. But if being inspired by previous work is rip-off, then Shakespeare is the greatest rip-off artist of all time. NOTHING he wrote was original, everything was inspired by previous work. Now, copying the plot, um, no, that's not good. But ideas can not be copyrighted. Who can claim that anything they've done is 100% original?
  • stuffblowupnation - January 12, 2009 11:44 p.m.

    Though it was a shameless ripoff TS2 still rox sox

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