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

1. Existentialist


The genre: It's a real shame this genre has such a 1960s film-wank name, because what with you being such a clever, savvy individual, there are plenty of examples of it that you probably love. Existentialist movies – stuff like The Truman Show, The Last Action Hero, Scream or The Matrix – involve characters struggling with the realization that their world is part of a larger fiction, giving rise to equal amounts of postmodern beard-scratching and self-referential hilarity and japes.


Above: Self-referentiality works best when you can beat it to death with a golf club

Why hasn't it been done? No idea. Comic books about characters who work out that they're living in comic books are a dime a dozen, and it's not like comics and games share 90 percent of the same audience or anything. Games can drop cute hints at self-awareness – plenty of JRPG civilians will teach you how to use a control pad, then wonder how they know themselves. But when the most insightful exploration of games' mind-bending potential is a movie (1999's eXistenZ), there's some catching up to be done.


Above: He who seeks to skewer clichés should take care that he does not become a cliché himself. Pity nobody told that to Eat Lead: The Return of Matt Hazard

Should happen because: It's exactly the right time for it. Just as Singin' in the Rain celebrated movies as the biggest deal of the 20th century, and Watchmen turned comics into something that wasn't embarrassing for adults to read in public, games like No More Heroes and the Matt Hazard franchise mark a welcome growth and playfulness for the medium. Sure, the first Hazard game didn't live up to its premise – but once someone does, it could take gaming to a whole new level of ingenious insight and enjoyability. Here's hoping that title's on the way.

Have some other movie genres you'd like to play? Let us know below.

Jul 5, 2010


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50 comments

  • 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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