I saw a little feature on the MSN homepage this morning talking about the “Top 10 Board Games that should be made into movies”. It’s a reference to the Battleship movie that opens this weekend. I’m not going to bother linking to the thing here, because those little feature things they do are up and gone in a matter of hours. In fact, I can’t even find it again right now to link to, 4 hours later.
I hoped for something interesting in there, but sadly I was disappointed. They basically listed all the same games we all grew up with: Monopoly, Life, Twister, Operation, Chutes and Ladders, and so on. There’s nothing wrong with those games, of course. But think about how revealing that is of MSNBC’s awareness of the great games that are actually out there!
What about an epic story about one man working and fighting to build a society from the wild world of Catan? Or the story of a noble king fighting an evil lord with armies from dozens of fantastical creatures in Small World? Hollywood likes superheroes, so let’s go for the story of Sentinels of the Multiverse, with the Freedom Four joining forces to battle Grand Warlord Voss in the ruins of Atlantis!
That’s only the first three things that popped into my head. But there are hundreds of games out there. And most of them are far more interesting than your average fair from Parker Brothers, Milton Bradley and Hasbro. I understand that Hollywood isn’t knocking down doors to license Munchkin or Plauge and Pesitlence. Hollywood wants recognizeable brand names to guarantee ticket sales. But it seems like the writers at MSNBC missed a great opportunity to highlight this stuff, which means the larger public audience just got more stupid schlock to ignore on their website.
Do you have any ideas for great games that would make great movies? Let me know!