Hey, There Is Some Gaming In This Movie!
I would be lying when I tell you that I don’t walk around, thinking over the weekend about the next topic to write about and that I’m bursting with so many gaming ideas that I have two closets waiting to be opened, whereupon I will be trampled to a near death state by the overflowing ideas and their pointy heels.
Usually I try to mess around with the idea of an alternate view or version of gaming. Sometimes the idea cannot be more obvious on its silver platter, paraded over to me by two belly-dancers accompanied by their creepy albeit astonishing belly-dancing cats.
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I’ve used recently watched movies as a form of inspiration or topic, for example: Frankenweenie and Wreck-It Ralph. This time our article will also be sponsored by a film; G.I. Joe Retaliation.
I don’t want to necessarily talk about the type of movie or the characters, but since I’m already mentioning it, why not? I do like the narratives that forces you think, for example: Inception, Spec Ops The Line and BioShock Infinite, and on the opposite, less brain-consuming side of the spectrum we have Modern Warfare and basically any action movie out there. Both are great and both need to exist and keep the narrative balance.
The reason for me bringing this movie under your attention is as follow: Despite the gun-toting, sword-flinging and action sequences that take part on the side of a mountain so large, you’ll literally need kilometers of rope to reach your destination and continue to swing back and forth like a stupendously brave window cleaner, is the fact that on two occasions our attention is directed to a video game being played.
While these instances are both quite brief, I still liked the idea of recognizing both games being played on screen. These instances are both used to serve a comedic value, and while some might find the fact that gaming is used as a comedic relief: dislikable; I quite enjoyed it.
At the first portion of the movie, two main characters play Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer in a living room, while the “bad guy” play Angry Birds in the middle of a crisis situation later on in the film. Not the best image for video games out there, but I sincerely liked the extremely brief look at Angry Birds, complete with appropriate sound effects.
Do you like the idea of video games being shown while watching a film, even if it’s there for comedic reasons and not necessarily as a passion? (As it is for many of us.)