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The Top 7... '80s movies that deserve new videogames

5. Over The Top

The Movie: Sylvester Stallone stars as a trucker with a passion for the suddenly respectable world of arm wrestling while attempting to win the love of his son. Possibly the world's first and only movie about arm wrestling and the colorful characters it involves. Worth watching for the amazingly dramatic representation of two men holding hands and gurning at each other.

Previous Games: Amazingly, none.

Why It Needs A New Game: Publishers are still intensely promoting motion control as the next big thing, and what better way to truly demonstrate the power of Microsoft Kinect or PlayStation Move than with a videogame based on the most intense sport mankind has ever known? Players will step into the boots of Sylvester himself and tackle a variety of gaudily dressed hairy monstrosities. Work your way from gas station cafes to the big leagues in your bid to win a new truck. It's every boy's fantasy.

It would also make a perfect launch title for the Wii U. You remember that video they showed of the woman playing golf with the controller on the ground? It'll be like that, but with arm wrestling! So exciting.


4. Puppet Master

The Movie: A man on the run from Nazis is able to make puppets come to life for no good reason. The puppets end up in a hotel and fall under the employ of several evil masters before the entire franchise devolves into prequels with no regard to continuity. People always remember the Gestapo puppet with the hook hand.

Previous Games: None.

Why It Needs A New Game: Puppet Master is one of many  ridiculous Full Moon Studios franchises in production. To date it has had 10 major movie installments, all of them absurd. Nevertheless, the concept of an army of murderous puppets is a frightening one and, done right, could make for a really scary horror game.

Failing that, there is a potential TV series in the works called Puppet Wars, and in 2005, series writer Charles Band expressed interest in a videogame tie-in. The title would practically develop itself -- an online multiplayer game in which you get to customize your own deadly puppet, complete with his own costume, weapons and perks. Creativity and humanity's morbid fear of killer dolls come together in a game that would take Christmas by storm!


3. Running Man

The Movie: Arnold Schwarzenegger is convicted of a crime he didn't commit in a future where bloodsports are considered family entertainment. He ends up on a game show where criminals fight for their freedom in an arena full of ludicrously dressed villains. Famous for that bit with the skeletons fighting in an X-ray machine, and the fat bloke covered in Christmas lights who sings opera. Also inspired the arcade classic Smash TV.

Previous Games: The Running Man (1987, home computers)

Why It Needs A New Game: First of all, you can't have a list of ‘80s films without including The Schwarzenegger, even if he is a big old game-hating hypocrite these days. This is one of those films that look made to be a game, with a paper-thin plot and a ludicrous premise that exists only to show people beat the tar out of each other with motorbikes, weaponized hockey sticks, and flamethrowers. The movie has it all. It's hardly surprising that Smash TV copied the premise almost to the letter and was a major success.

Put the player in some bright yellow lycra, toss him into a series of arenas against increasingly stupid opponents, and you have yourself a game. Also, Schwarzenegger will gladly provide voice acting because he needs the money, and we'll have another reason to bash him for profiting off an industry he claims to stand against. Everybody wins!

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  • Its_Over_9000! - August 24, 2011 10:10 a.m.

    How bout The Breakfast Club,, anyone? :L
  • chriszewski - August 17, 2011 11:27 p.m.

    @nai1210 Westwood studios did a decent PC Blade Runner game back in 97. It didn't follow Deckard's storyline but it was pretty good. I would imagine it looks pretty crap now given that voxel based games don't age well.
  • snothammer - August 17, 2011 2:19 a.m.

    No offense, but these all sound like silly game ideas. "The movie has a paper-thin plot, just like a game!" Wonderful, I'm glad someone's encouraging games to keep their crappy plots. On a separate note, any good points made to me seem irrelevant, because the cost of the license would cut from the budget for creativity. So, you'd likely still end up with a crappy, underdeveloped license game, only 30 years late. If publishers want a mediocre cash-in, then these are great choices. If developers actually want to make a good game, then they'd be better off creating something original. If they want to take inspiration from these films, then fine. But there's no point wasting money on licenses, especially when they're not worthwhile (such as Over the Top).
  • Erebus - August 17, 2011 1:11 a.m.

    X-Ray action sequence in Running Man? Huh? I think you mean Total Recall right? Running Man had the best one liners in any Arnie movie. Ever.
  • nai1210 - August 16, 2011 11:35 p.m.

    @femmefatale Bladerunner was released in 82 and i would love to see a game of that there was one in preduction a few years back i believe but ended up being scrapped,sad face
  • MetaSyke - August 16, 2011 11:21 p.m.

    Gremlins would be awesome, but yes, it needs to have the classic Gremins sens of humour. A Clock Tower style Ft13 game.. YES PLEASE. And I can always get behind a new Robocop game, love that violent funfest.
  • squdgybuttnugget - August 16, 2011 9:32 p.m.

    also i think they should have 80's icons in gta 5 like robocop and the terminator (in multiplayer or dlc ) it would be ace if ya got 5 stars and robocop came after ya
  • Eraserhead2416 - August 16, 2011 7:30 p.m.

    Don't know if another commenter made this point, but there was a Robocop game for the Xbox (it sucked... a LOT) and there was a Labyrinth game for NES, released only in Japan.
  • Crypto140 - August 16, 2011 5:52 p.m.

    The 80's were when movies were movies. Death Wish, Dirty Harry, hell even a Footloose game would rock.
  • FemmeFatale - August 16, 2011 4:12 p.m.

    The 80's movies failed to provide pertinent enough premises for good gaming. Debelopers would be wise to consider the classics of the 70's like Bladerunner and Close Encounters.
  • UsernameLoser - August 16, 2011 3:55 p.m.

    Its times like this I wish I was part of The Breakfast Club. ='(
  • BigWillis - August 16, 2011 3:03 p.m.

    There is actually a Ps2 Robocop game, it wasn't great though. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quiTYs5UgZI&feature=related
  • Turboash - August 16, 2011 2:24 p.m.

    Goonies!
  • JeronimoJackson - August 16, 2011 1:36 p.m.

    What the hell someone said David Bowie's junk does not make for 5 star material? What the hell? Yes it does, did you see that movie. His junk was glorious!
  • Yeager1122 - August 16, 2011 1:32 p.m.

    I would play robocop and labryinth but i wouldnt arm wrestle.
  • philipshaw - August 16, 2011 1:15 p.m.

    Good list, would love a new Robocop game
  • avantguardian - August 16, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    jason looks thoughtful in that pic...almost remorseful...
  • avantguardian - August 16, 2011 noon

    one word: RAD...make it like old school t. hawk (blah blah matt hoffman blah stfu). and make it rad. @hypermonkey: preorder and you get a replica cod piece - just like the one bowie wears in his tights!
  • centrip - August 16, 2011 10:56 a.m.

    How about ALIENS!!!!!!
  • tacehtselrahc - August 16, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    Oops, sorry for the double post, this site feels very slow just now, like wading through treacle.

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