Video games are one of the most popular forms of entertainment today, with around a third of the world’s population enjoying the pastime. Given that there are several billion players around the world, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that there is a wide range of titles covering every genre imaginable.
From farming sims to arcade racing, game developers have drawn inspiration from almost every possible source to create their content. Movies are no exception to this rule, with hundreds of officially licensed titles released alongside the movie itself, while others simply borrow ideas from the big screen to create something entirely new.
Among this titanic collection of titles, here are some of the best movie-inspired games.
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
The Grand Theft Auto series is one of the most successful in history, with every major release since 2001 receiving critical acclaim and enjoying impressive sales figures. In almost every way, the GTA games have been pioneers. The first release in the series pushed the boundaries of what an open world meant, while Grand Theft Auto III took this to a whole new level by adding 3D graphics and a multi-faceted story.
Since then, Grand Theft Auto creator Rockstar Games has continued this trend by creating more immersive and fleshed-out games with larger maps, deeper storylines, and a more realistic feel.
Much of what we see in GTA games is inspired by the real world, as Rockstar has a penchant for making satirical comments on the state of modern society, commerce, and politics. However, the developers also draw inspiration from other sources, particularly movies. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Grand Theft Auto Vice City, which is set in a fictional version of Miami during the 1980s.
Throughout the game, there are subtle (and not-so-subtle) clues to movies of the time, like Scarface, The Godfather, and Miami Vice.
James Bond Roulette
Roulette is a game that we all know. Its famous red and black wheel is instantly recognizable because it is unique, helping it stand out from other casino games. It is also one of the most frequent, since almost all casinos on the planet offer it to their players. This includes online casinos that often create multiple variants of roulette, such as the American and high-roller versions, to give their customers more choice and help them stand out in a crowded market.
However, that’s not all, as many players have adopted special strategies that allow them to mix up the game and bring it to life. There are many such strategies, including the Fibonacci strategy, the Martingale strategy, and the Reverse Martingale.
Another, the James Bond roulette strategy, is inspired by 007 himself. It is designed to cover most possible outcomes, with different bet sizes used for different types of bets. To do so, you put the following:
- 14 chips on the outside bet 19-36
- 5 chips in the inside bet 13-18
- 1 chip oh the only 0
While this system covers most results, there are some that are left out, which means there are no guarantees. Instead, players use it because it adds structure and is a fun way to enjoy the game.
Why is it called the James Bond system? You might think it’s because 007 used it in a movie, but that’s not the case. It’s simply because the famous character has a penchant for having a flutter and is known for covering all the bases on it.
raising of the dead
Gamers are no stranger to zombie titles. In fact, developers have embraced the mythology surrounding the undead and their meat-eating ways for decades. During the late 2000s and into the 2010s, zombie modes were incredibly common additions to video games.
One of the best examples of this was Call of Duty, which used the idea of 1940s military personnel rising from the dead to create a fun new set of game modes. Many game developers copied this idea and added their own versions of a zombie apocalypse within their own fictional worlds.
Others, like the creators of Dead Rising, went all out and produced a hit game based entirely on zombies. The game’s premise of a zombie uprising in a shopping mall might seem very familiar if you’ve seen the movie Dawn of the Dead.
Of course, there are big differences between the two, but there is a clear overlap of ideas that shows that the game developers took a lot of inspiration from it.