The Top 7... Movie genres games should try next

5. College

Above: If you're not grinning already, get thee to a Netflix

The genre: Whether it's college classics like Animal House, Revenge of the Nerds and Back to School, or outliers like Police Academy and Stripes, the college-movie formula is satisfyingly basic. A cadre of gross-out misfits and losers, forced into a punishing regime of educational drudgery, launch harebrained schemes to cheat on the test, see some boobies, and get one over on the jocks/stuck-up Chief/stuffed-shirt Dean. Hilarity Ensues™!

Above: College games could be better than this. Dare to dream

Why hasn't it been done? Two recent attempts at taking gamers to college met with varying degrees of success. Sierra's Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude did a fine job of dashing any immediate desire players might have for college craziness. Even Larry's creator, Al Lowe (who wasn’t involved Magna Cum Laude), promised fans the game would leave them “Severely disappointed.” Rockstar's Bully fared slightly better, mixing equal parts screwball American high-school comedy and grim British kids-are-bastards drama.

Above: Not exactly what we had in mind, but fun nonetheless

Should happen because: It's a formula ripe with potential for fun, variety and gratuitous titillation. But Bully, like the original Red Dead Revolver, didn't find its deserved success. Rockstar fans, primed by misleading promises from Jack Thompson and Peaceaholics, were disappointed that the game didn't turn out to be “San Andreas in high school” at all. Here's hoping another college-themed game – or even the rumored Bully 2 – might do for mortarboards and panty-raids what Read Dead Redemption did for horses and ten-gallon hats.

4. Documentary

The genre: The “edutainment” label casts a long shadow: by trotting out terrible “games” aimed at edumacating the young folks while they play their Nintendo Space Invader machines, the industry achieved the impressive feat of convincing the geek populace that learning cool shit wasn't fun. So now games, which should be able to do great stuff with factual stories and events, only touch the real world when someone manages to sneak it in without telling anyone.

Above: Take off the nostalgia-goggles and admit this kind of sucked

Why hasn't it been done? Because the olds just don't get it, man. Indie-game designers have turned out several fascinating – and highly enjoyable – documentary videogames, such as JFK Reloaded and Super Columbine Massacre RPG. In both cases, everyone got the wrong idea and kicked up a stink, just as they did when Konami announced they'd be publishing a fact-based game about an actual battle in the Iraq war. So the game got pulled (despite our best efforts), and everyone went back to calling games mindless escapism.

Above: The Man doesn't think you can handle Six Days in Fallujah. Contact your local Man and register your disappointment!

Should happen because: There's a good reason there are so damnable many World War II games, and it's not just because Hitler's a dick. The original Medal of Honor titles –  as well as series like Civilization and Total War – are examples of games made more enjoyable by their painstaking historical accuracy. So why stick to history? Pics from Zeitgeist to The King of Kong prove that there's a huge hunger for documentary fodder among the game-loving populace. Fast-track the next Six Days in Fallujah onto shelves and let gamers get they learn on.

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  • foamguy - September 9, 2010 6:30 p.m.

    im all for a slasher genre but i would think it would be fucking awesome if i could play as freddy or jason
  • Mysticgamer - July 11, 2010 4:30 p.m.

    Is Batman:Arkham Asylum considered a vigilante game?
  • SolidEye - July 9, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Well I was hoping Bully 2 would go in the directon of a College film in the same vein as those movies you mentioned. Alittle more American Pie alittle less Harry Potter. A Revenge/Vigilante game like the film "Taken" that puts you in the shoes of a father looking for his kidnapped daughter would be a great game as long as they add alittle drama too it.
  • Lycanthrokeith - July 9, 2010 2:32 a.m.

    I think Mercenaries 2 is about the closest I've seen to the Vigilante example.
  • AuthorityFigure - July 9, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    I think GR confused 'genre' with 'theme'.
  • Deckard5627 - July 8, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    what about noir, max payne anyone?
  • Hayroon1 - July 7, 2010 10:10 p.m.

    An awesome way to do an exorcism game would be to make it like Psychonauts were you go inside the posessed and fight of the demons.
  • kidgorilla - July 7, 2010 6:04 p.m.

    You forgot blaxploitation
  • Gameguy151 - July 7, 2010 12:34 p.m.

    LOL, Beast and The Harlot reference FTW...
  • gamerinflames - July 7, 2010 1:14 a.m.

    College already exists as a game. It's called jagerbombs and shotgunning natty light.
  • philipshaw - July 6, 2010 6:16 p.m.

    Agree with most of this and I would want a film like Lost In Translation as a game, just to see if a game can do character interaction as well as films do
  • DustyRooster - July 6, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    I think Charles Bronson should be his own genre. If developers just put Charles Bronson in their games, instead of their own crappy characters, then I would be a happier man! Bronson could ride horses in Red Dead. Bronson could get stuck in Silent Hill. Bronson could star in every Call of Duty along side Lee Marvin. Bronson could be the next assassin, in the 1970's, in Assassin's Cread. Bronson, Bronson, Bronson, Amen!
  • 2Girls1CupOfSorrow - July 6, 2010 1:43 p.m.

    Hell no. Hell no to every one of these.
  • gilgamesh310 - July 6, 2010 10:58 a.m.

    A fairly good topic this but one must remember the movie and game genres are two different things. Movie genres are defined by there setting and scripting, character development and acting while game genres are usually defined by things like whether they are set in the first person or third person, whether the game becomes a hack and slaher or a puzzler and such. The stories for games rarely define the type of genre itself, only the setting normally. With that being said I would like to play a good vigilante game or even a documentary if it was made to work properly. I don't see how you would consider far cry a vigilante type game mind. Wasn't Jack Carver a mercenary before the shit started to hit the fan on the island he went to, he was only fighting to stay alive. There was a game released on the psx quite some time ago called vigilante 8, it was one of my favourite games of all time but it was defined more by it's gameplay than it's plot/genre. I would like to see a dcumentary fps game made where for the majority of it you would hold a camera instead of a gun and you could be climbing mountains and stuff instead of shooting things for the most part, a bit like bear grylls only more authentic.
  • 435 - July 6, 2010 8:30 a.m.

    The Matt Hazard haters need to go sit and spin. >_< It's not a -great- game by any means, but it's still -good-.
  • Fabaito - July 6, 2010 4:12 a.m.

    A game based on the norwegian black metal scene, where you have to go around burning churches, killing gay guys and other band members,cutting yourself with a knife on stage til you pass out, running around forests making weird faces, be a part of the norwegian communist party and get killed by your own bassist because the guy is a neo-nazi and thinks your a fucking marxist pussy, get to wear viking like gear and shit... DO WANT
  • camelfro - July 6, 2010 3:52 a.m.

    i agree with metroidhunter32 id love to see persona in college cool article too tom
  • WickedSid - July 6, 2010 2:04 a.m.

    Mother-Fucking BC is the IP that needs to be purchased, made and will sell millions of copies while be "Edutainment," about the Pre-Cambrian Era, with its Creatures and the added mystery of the Unknown. Although the Game would most likely feature Humans, ergo not factual, that could be overlooked when playing BC.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 6, 2010 12:27 a.m.

    Existentialism? Serious Deadpool game. 'Nuff said.
  • Clovin64 - July 6, 2010 12:14 a.m.

    I'd love to see some Heavy Rain style games that focus more on drama and character development rather than pumping lead into hired goons or zombies. I'm not saying that action games cant tell a good story or develop their characters, but you can maybe tell what I mean. I'd personally love a Heavy Rain style game adaptation of Crime and Punishment. There could be QTE momments where you wrestle with your conciounce (damn, I really cant spell!)

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