MovieBob Talks Mario Movies, Game Journos, and the State of the Industry

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MovieBob Talks Mario Movies, Game Journos, and the State of the Industry

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Bob doesn't care what Hollywood thinks, a live-action Mario movie could work.

If you've ever wondered Bob "MovieBob" Chipman - of Escape to the Movies, The Big Picture, and Game Overthinker fame - thinks about the videogame journalists, or what his perfect game would be, then wonder no longer. Speaking to Examiner.com, he shares some of his thoughts on these topics, and more besides.

As someone who critiques both movies and games, it's rather fitting that his dream project would be a fusion of the two. Bob says that he would love to get a shot at making a faithful Super Mario Bros. movie, and prove all the skeptics wrong in the process. Mario did actually make it to the big screen in 1993, but the movie - which deviated quite significantly from the source material - received mixed reviews and was a flop at the box office, and moviemakers haven't touched the franchise since.

But despite the reluctance of Hollywood, Bob thinks that a Mario movie could work, if done properly. "I'm sick of hearing that series top the list of games that can never be movies," he says. "It's obscene that flash-in-the-pan stuff like Hitman or Uncharted keep getting the movie treatment while the most iconic game characters of all time are denied their shot."

Bob's love for the mustachioed plumber runs deep, starting with Super Mario Bros. on the NES and persisting to this very day. He actually credits the game with getting him into games in the first place. "I was over a buddy's house, he'd just gotten an NES, and showed me Super Mario Bros. That was it for me, love at first sight ... I desperately, desperately want to meet Shigeru Miyamoto - the creator of Mario. He's the #1 spot on my 'famous people' list, games or movies, doesn't matter."

But as much as he loves Mario, Bob acknowledges that the special place that the character - and others like him - can sometimes muddy the water when it comes to the gaming press talking objectively about them. "Gaming is young. The majority of professional game writers are fans who only just reached pro level, and there's always going to be an element of bias, however minute," he says. "I don't think it's possible to get a 100% unbiased review of, say, a Zelda game because everyone has an opinion of it and for the vast majority it's not just a game but an institution."

He also thinks that gamers need to decide exactly how they want videogames to be viewed by the general public, and actually be consistent with it. "You cannot say 'take us seriously as an artistic medium!' when you're railing against Roger Ebert; but then turn around and go 'oh, lighten up, it's just a game!' when people point out that Resident Evil 5 might be a little bit racist."

This will change with time, though. Bob points out that Hollywood revolution of the 1970s occurred because a collapse of the old studio system allowed new blood to get into the business. He adds that similar situations in the videogame industry - notably Sega bowing out as a hardware developer and Nintendo needed to recover after the relative failure of the GameCube - has allowed new players, in form of Sony and Microsoft, and new ideas, such as motion controls, into the industry.

And if Bob could make his own game? He'd made something that played like a Western game, but with Japanese visuals. "I'd assemble a team where the majority of the programmers and gameplay-designers were from the 'Western School,' but the majority of the art design and story department were from Japan," he says. "My only direct orders would be on the lines of 'dropped health and power-ups instead of regenerating health' and 'if I see an earth tone there'd better be a damn good explanation.'"

Source: Examiner

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Well of all the people to do it he would be the best

The Hitman and Uncharted franchises are just a 'flash in the pan', eh Movie Bob?

That's the most obscene thing I've heard all week. Not that I should be surprised, Bob does love to flame bait.

If at any time I see an earth tone, there had better be a damn good explanation.

I've never played a Zelda game in my life. And to be honest, I'd don't really care about what a movie is based on, as long as it is good.

Sober Thal:
The Hitman and Uncharted franchises are just a 'flash in the pan', eh Movie Bob?

That's the most obscene thing I've heard all week. Not that I should be surprised, Bob does love to flame bait.

I guess you didn't know. Games that have stories other than "save the princess"(or anything nintendo,really) can never be good movies.[/sarcasm]

The only reason they are flash in the pan is because......they are? And threads were being made praising his reasoning.

"And if Bob could make his own game? He'd made something that played like a Western game, but with Japanese visuals. "I'd assemble a team where the majority of the programmers and gameplay-designers were from the 'Western School,' but the majority of the art design and story department were from Japan," he says. "My only direct orders would be on the lines of 'dropped health and power-ups instead of regenerating health' and 'if I see an earth tone there'd better be a damn good explanation.'"

Yea, great instructions, i'm sure that's how you make a GOTY.

He also thinks that gamers need to decide exactly how they want videogames to be viewed by the general public, and actually be consistent with it. "You cannot say 'take us seriously as an artistic medium!' when you're railing against Roger Ebert; but then turn around and go 'oh, lighten up, it's just a game!' when people point out that Resident Evil 5 might be a little bit racist."

Uhm...do we?

In film, things like Taxi Driver, Transformers, The Godfather, District 9, Scary Movie 3 and The Godfather can and do coexist too....

Resident Evil 5 racist? No.

Stereotypical? Yes.

Sober Thal:
The Hitman and Uncharted franchises are just a 'flash in the pan', eh Movie Bob?

That's the most obscene thing I've heard all week. Not that I should be surprised, Bob does love to flame bait.

Things are like that are to be expected from him. Heck one of the main reasons he gave once for 'Other M' being better than 'Metroid Prime' was 'it isn't an FPS'. Also, if you dislike 'Other M', one of the very likely reasons for that is that apparently you're a 'Japanophobe'...

I will give him props for actually caring about mobile gaming though, I personally believe that it doesn't get as much attention as it deserves.

draythefingerless:
Resident Evil 5 racist? No.

Stereotypical? Yes.

To be fair, while the original claim ("You are white and only shoot black zombie-guys!") was kinda stupid, and the reaction to it was too ("Let's add some white zombie-guys and a female african partner for coop!"), it still kinda felt racist.

At least at that part where you are visiting tribal villages by boat, rob the straw huts of the tribesmen of valuable ammunition, gold and diamonds, and then shoot them in thier faces when they come attacking you with a spear. Because it's okay, they are zombies or something, even if we say they aren't.

Sheva's unlockable tribal outfit didn't help much either.

But honestly, i wouldn't ever accuse Capcom of being intentionally racist, just of being really...thick and naive.....
(The whole thing is pretty much like that South Park Episode with the racist city flag)

Sober Thal:
The Hitman and Uncharted franchises are just a 'flash in the pan', eh Movie Bob?

That's the most obscene thing I've heard all week. Not that I should be surprised, Bob does love to flame bait.

And the funny thing is that he's never even played Uncharted.

Such a professional Bob is.

Sober Thal:
The Hitman and Uncharted franchises are just a 'flash in the pan', eh Movie Bob?

That's the most obscene thing I've heard all week. Not that I should be surprised, Bob does love to flame bait.

I think that he means they're flash in the pan compared to Super Mario Bros., that's all.

A LoZ or Metroid movie would be pretty cool...

Tho Metroid might be dam hard since its 1 person alone for 90% of the time

Frybird:

draythefingerless:
Resident Evil 5 racist? No.

Stereotypical? Yes.

To be fair, while the original claim ("You are white and only shoot black zombie-guys!") was kinda stupid, and the reaction to it was too ("Let's add some white zombie-guys and a female african partner for coop!"), it still kinda felt racist.

At least at that part where you are visiting tribal villages by boat, rob the straw huts of the tribesmen of valuable ammunition, gold and diamonds, and then shoot them in thier faces when they come attacking you with a spear. Because it's okay, they are zombies or something, even if we say they aren't.

Sheva's unlockable tribal outfit didn't help much either.

But honestly, i wouldn't ever accuse Capcom of being intentionally racist, just of being really...thick and naive.....
(The whole thing is pretty much like that South Park Episode with the racist city flag)

and again, you fall in the same contraptions i am verily trying to dismiss. that is not racism. that is being stereotypical. a lot of africa IS like that. you can find, amongst the more arid and poor countries of it, many tribes as such. that is not racism. you people are just overtly sensitive to anth with black skin. i agree that it is not the most civilized way of portraying them, but racism is the consideration of someone as inferior to you due to skin, culture etc. there was no such attempt. simply a stereotypical portrayal of african population. wich is someone people forget, that Res 5 IS IN AFRICA, AND QUITE A CHUNK OF AFRICA IS LIKE THAT.

still the tribal outfit was more a exotic piece of ass showing.

draythefingerless:

Frybird:

draythefingerless:
Resident Evil 5 racist? No.

Stereotypical? Yes.

To be fair, while the original claim ("You are white and only shoot black zombie-guys!") was kinda stupid, and the reaction to it was too ("Let's add some white zombie-guys and a female african partner for coop!"), it still kinda felt racist.

At least at that part where you are visiting tribal villages by boat, rob the straw huts of the tribesmen of valuable ammunition, gold and diamonds, and then shoot them in thier faces when they come attacking you with a spear. Because it's okay, they are zombies or something, even if we say they aren't.

Sheva's unlockable tribal outfit didn't help much either.

But honestly, i wouldn't ever accuse Capcom of being intentionally racist, just of being really...thick and naive.....
(The whole thing is pretty much like that South Park Episode with the racist city flag)

and again, you fall in the same contraptions i am verily trying to dismiss. that is not racism. that is being stereotypical. a lot of africa IS like that. you can find, amongst the more arid and poor countries of it, many tribes as such. that is not racism. you people are just overtly sensitive to anth with black skin. i agree that it is not the most civilized way of portraying them, but racism is the consideration of someone as inferior to you due to skin, culture etc. there was no such attempt. simply a stereotypical portrayal of african population. wich is someone people forget, that Res 5 IS IN AFRICA, AND QUITE A CHUNK OF AFRICA IS LIKE THAT.

still the tribal outfit was more a exotic piece of ass showing.

Did you really read what i wrote?

I dismissed the pre-release claims as slightly rediculous, but i called out how the game let's you MURDER ENTIRE VILLAGES of "bushmen". For hardly any other reason than to steal thier stuff. And with hardly any justification other than "they are monsters or something".

I'm giving Capcom the benefit of doubt that they weren't actually aware of what they are implying there, but they still kinda do.

That there are still tribes like that in africa only makes it WORSE.

Frybird:

draythefingerless:

Frybird:

To be fair, while the original claim ("You are white and only shoot black zombie-guys!") was kinda stupid, and the reaction to it was too ("Let's add some white zombie-guys and a female african partner for coop!"), it still kinda felt racist.

At least at that part where you are visiting tribal villages by boat, rob the straw huts of the tribesmen of valuable ammunition, gold and diamonds, and then shoot them in thier faces when they come attacking you with a spear. Because it's okay, they are zombies or something, even if we say they aren't.

Sheva's unlockable tribal outfit didn't help much either.

But honestly, i wouldn't ever accuse Capcom of being intentionally racist, just of being really...thick and naive.....
(The whole thing is pretty much like that South Park Episode with the racist city flag)

and again, you fall in the same contraptions i am verily trying to dismiss. that is not racism. that is being stereotypical. a lot of africa IS like that. you can find, amongst the more arid and poor countries of it, many tribes as such. that is not racism. you people are just overtly sensitive to anth with black skin. i agree that it is not the most civilized way of portraying them, but racism is the consideration of someone as inferior to you due to skin, culture etc. there was no such attempt. simply a stereotypical portrayal of african population. wich is someone people forget, that Res 5 IS IN AFRICA, AND QUITE A CHUNK OF AFRICA IS LIKE THAT.

still the tribal outfit was more a exotic piece of ass showing.

Did you really read what i wrote?

I dismissed the pre-release clames as slightly rediculous, but i called out how the game let's you MURDER ENTIRE VILLAGES of "bushmen". For hardly any other reason than to steal thier stuff. And with hardly any justification other than "they are monsters or something".

I'm giving Capcom the benefit of doubt that they weren't actually aware of what they are implying there, but they still kinda do.

That there are still tribes like that in africa only makes it WORSE.

how is it fucking different from ANY other game where you KILL people? you know, 95% of them? soooo many games let you kill people with tached on justification. hell, GTA lets you kill people without justification even. it feels racist because you are fed that bullshit everyday. it doesnt feel racist at all to me. Capcom made a game in africa. A resident evil game( wich of late have al been about killing everyone in sight). what the fuck did you expect them to do there? its africa. its wild. its arid. its poor. its filled with black people. its a game based on inventory system.

the game is shit, but people call it out for the stupidest of reasons. call it out cause its needlessly confusing on story. call it out because the inventory system is one of the worst things ever made. call it out because the characters are paper thin no personality. but racism? :/

Casual Shinji:

Sober Thal:
The Hitman and Uncharted franchises are just a 'flash in the pan', eh Movie Bob?

That's the most obscene thing I've heard all week. Not that I should be surprised, Bob does love to flame bait.

And the funny thing is that he's never even played Uncharted.

Such a professional Bob is.

I bet that he have never played Hitman either. You stay classy bobby! OT, i think that Mario would never translade well to the screen. It dosen't have a decent story.

draythefingerless:

Frybird:

draythefingerless:

and again, you fall in the same contraptions i am verily trying to dismiss. that is not racism. that is being stereotypical. a lot of africa IS like that. you can find, amongst the more arid and poor countries of it, many tribes as such. that is not racism. you people are just overtly sensitive to anth with black skin. i agree that it is not the most civilized way of portraying them, but racism is the consideration of someone as inferior to you due to skin, culture etc. there was no such attempt. simply a stereotypical portrayal of african population. wich is someone people forget, that Res 5 IS IN AFRICA, AND QUITE A CHUNK OF AFRICA IS LIKE THAT.

still the tribal outfit was more a exotic piece of ass showing.

Did you really read what i wrote?

I dismissed the pre-release clames as slightly rediculous, but i called out how the game let's you MURDER ENTIRE VILLAGES of "bushmen". For hardly any other reason than to steal thier stuff. And with hardly any justification other than "they are monsters or something".

I'm giving Capcom the benefit of doubt that they weren't actually aware of what they are implying there, but they still kinda do.

That there are still tribes like that in africa only makes it WORSE.

how is it fucking different from ANY other game where you KILL people? you know, 95% of them? soooo many games let you kill people with tached on justification. hell, GTA lets you kill people without justification even. it feels racist because you are fed that bullshit everyday. it doesnt feel racist at all to me. Capcom made a game in africa. A resident evil game( wich of late have al been about killing everyone in sight). what the fuck did you expect them to do there? its africa. its wild. its arid. its poor. its filled with black people. its a game based on inventory system.

the game is shit, but people call it out for the stupidest of reasons. call it out cause its needlessly confusing on story. call it out because the inventory system is one of the worst things ever made. call it out because the characters are paper thin no personality. but racism? :/

I call it out because even though it barely has a justification, in the end, it still does have one. And it's not pretty.

Because you are NOT a ruthless criminal, and because how the scene is set up, it carries lots of unfortunate implications with it. Without taking in the whole "color of skin" thing, it still feels like some kind of weird "pro colonization" message because not only you play as a first-world guy genociding third-world tribes, but because (a) You actively attack (and rob) those villages (b) You are the good guy (c) No one ever questions or defends morally what you are doing (d) you are fighting against a specific minority that, in the real world, is often negatively and questionably depicted as uncivilized, "wild" brutes (By wich i mean rual tribes, not "black people").
And unlike GTA 3 that does happen within a "serious" atmosphere and unlike GTA IV you get never called out for it.
Hell, i wouldn't even be questioning this whole thing if Capcom would've had put SOMETHING in there in order to make clear that those tribes are with 100 % certainty zombiefied (since they sure as hell don't look like it until you blow a few heads off) and hostile and unreasonable.

As seen above, i would disagree with gamers having to decide between gaming being mindless entertainment OR high art, but i'd still argue that we shouldn't hide behind claims like "it's just a game", because sometimes, you gotta acknowledge when content is questionable. I don't call for a ban, i still do play Resident Evil 5, i give them the doubt of the whole thing being coincidential, but i still think it's highly insensitive and/or ignorant since it bears a undesirable Subtext in Reality that is very hard to ignore imo.

The problem with maing a Mario movie (or most Nitnendo games for that matter) is that story is not one of its strong suits. In the case of early Mario there was barely any semblance of a story. There was a background plot of say "Save Princess", "Save Baby Brother", or "Save Kings", but not much else. No other real story to it. It's only really the more recent games such as the Galaxy series, the RPGs, or even Luigi's Mansion that had some story, but realistically like most games Nintendo puts out these stories aren't anything noteworthy or meaty enough to make something out of it.

As such, when making a Mario movie, it's going to have to be one of four things: a) a movie in which there is action and plot, but because of how little story there is in the games the entire thing comes off more as a Michael Bay production, except with less realistic explosions and more Tanooki tails (complete downgrade for everyone, a "GIFT FROM GOD!" for Bob), b) a movie in which it just mentions the basic plot and the rest is just Mario doing his usual platforming in various worlds with no dialogue and nothing else really happening, to which movie patrons are going to be bored of while gamers are wondering why they aren't sitting at home playing this instead of sitting and watching as if someone else is playing, c) a movie in which Mario is actually presented in a darker, more serious tone in which the folleys of this universe and it's inhabitants is examined from a more realistic standpoint (sort of like what "There will be Brawl"), or one where there is still the Mushroom Kingdom where Mario saves Peach, but instead it is all the delusion of Mario, who in the real world is actually some sort of mental patient, both of which could work, but then again unlikely for Bob to do because we all know how he feels about the dark and gritty, and finally d) a movie not to different from example "a)", except less action and more pointless and unfunny injokes, sort of like those "Movie Movies" (or for a better example for Bob, basically the War of the Thinkers final episode, except Bob is seen in his Mario costume wearing a Tanooki tail), which like example "a)" is going to be not fun for everyone except Bob.

Point is that making a Mario movie is hard, but not because "The source material is so perfect that it is just a true challenge to convert it to the big screen" (BTW, it isn't), but because there just isn't a whole lot in the Mario games that would warrent turning it into a movie. A student film perhaps that would only need to be 20-40 minutes would be sufficient, but at this point people would just argue "It's a fan film so it doesn't count, Mario needs to be on the Big Screen!", but the fact of the matter is that there just isn't alot in the Mario games to make an hour-and-a-half to two-hour film, and releasing a 40 minute film in this day and age will only pis people off (then again it could just go the route of the Justin Bieber movie and release as a 45 minute movie and then re-release it with 40 of those minutes gone and another 40 other minutes replaced with it, although that would still piss people off). Fact is that Mario had his chance, and it didn't work, showing that it probably can't work.

BTW, is it just me, or is Bob just trying to start some more fires with the "Flash-in-the-pan" comment? Although knowing him, two series that have spawned a few sequels, have been rated extremely high, have sold tons of copies, and play extremely well would be flash-in-the-pan games if they include any semblance of an FPS. Besides which, a better example for Flash-in-the-pan would've been something like Blood Rayne.

Eternal_Lament:

BTW, is it just me, or is Bob just trying to start some more fires with the "Flash-in-the-pan" comment? Although knowing him, two series that have spawned a few sequels, have been rated extremely high, have sold tons of copies, and play extremely well would be flash-in-the-pan games if they include any semblance of an FPS. Besides which, a better example for Flash-in-the-pan would've been something like Blood Rayne.

Its not that its "FPS", its the simple fact it isn't Nintendo-made. He does this all the time though, and its one reason I can't really take his "Game Overthinker" crap seriously, because his bias towards Nintendo is so strong that it screws up whatever semblance of a point he has in them. For the most part it isn't an issue, but when it comes time to doing a video that might have something to do with Nintendo, its completely skewed towards the big N's favor.

Hell, if he were to do a Game Overthinker video about the current little "Operation Rainfall" thing going on, he'd be telling us all that we're being selfish and we aren't entitled to every game that's released, because Nintendo does more than a damn good job of bringing over strong titles to all of its systems. Then he'd tell us all to play Metroid Other M, because its such a masterpiece to him.

cursedseishi:

Eternal_Lament:

BTW, is it just me, or is Bob just trying to start some more fires with the "Flash-in-the-pan" comment? Although knowing him, two series that have spawned a few sequels, have been rated extremely high, have sold tons of copies, and play extremely well would be flash-in-the-pan games if they include any semblance of an FPS. Besides which, a better example for Flash-in-the-pan would've been something like Blood Rayne.

Its not that its "FPS", its the simple fact it isn't Nintendo-made. He does this all the time though, and its one reason I can't really take his "Game Overthinker" crap seriously, because his bias towards Nintendo is so strong that it screws up whatever semblance of a point he has in them. For the most part it isn't an issue, but when it comes time to doing a video that might have something to do with Nintendo, its completely skewed towards the big N's favor.

Hell, if he were to do a Game Overthinker video about the current little "Operation Rainfall" thing going on, he'd be telling us all that we're being selfish and we aren't entitled to every game that's released, because Nintendo does more than a damn good job of bringing over strong titles to all of its systems. Then he'd tell us all to play Metroid Other M, because its such a masterpiece to him.

True, either that or "OMG guys! Why are you complaining? They just released 10-15 year old games on WiiWare! What more could you ask for?!"

The only time I think I heard him say a Nintendo game wasn't good was the Metroid Prime series, because according to him "It's just another boring FPS", and he once said that in his Mario/CoD comparison that Nintendo released the same game, but counter-acted with "But holy shit, the Koopa Kids are in this! That's all I need in my game!"

Frybird:

Uhm...do we?

In film, things like Taxi Driver, Transformers, The Godfather, District 9, Scary Movie 3 and The Godfather can and do coexist too....

That's because films like those don't shy away from controversy. When a game gets called out on controversial subjects(whatever those may be), all anyone seems to do is shout "dude, it's just a game, calm down!".

And then when people call them "just games" people get all pissy and go "no! It's an art form!"

Only times that hasn't happened was when Fox tried to push Mass Effect as a sex-simulator, and when Atomic Games stuck to their guns with Six Days in Fallujah and defended it to the end. Konami abandoned the game, quite a few gamers felt the game shouldn't have existed... it was just a whole sad affair. It wasn't even supposed to be like other FPS's, it was more of a "first person documentary".

And then there's EA and their whole "Taliban" controversy for when they just used the name for the second team in multiplayer. Everyone else called them out for it, and instead of sticking with it they change the name a few weeks before release.

But hell, at least those games tried to tackle real-world issues. God knows how many games were shut down because they were a bit too close to home.

He also thinks that gamers need to decide exactly how they want videogames to be viewed by the general public, and actually be consistent with it. "You cannot say 'take us seriously as an artistic medium!' when you're railing against Roger Ebert; but then turn around and go 'oh, lighten up, it's just a game!' when people point out that Resident Evil 5 might be a little bit racist."

I'm not in favour of the 'if they can do it why can't we' style of logic, but it does fit I feel in this case.

But...why does say A Serbian Film get to exist and -other- films don't get called out it? Why have I never heard: This is why movie lovers can't be taken seriously, when their medium produces -this- kind of tripe!

Why are games, all games forced to carry the stigma of the tasteless, crude, brain crushingly stupid ones?

It's like some people posses an infuriating lack of ability to differentiate, taking the notion of one bad apple spoiling the bunch as a cue to unload righteous indignation on the rest of the basket.

You damn good apples! You didn't do enough to distance yourself from the bad one! You didn't come out and condemn him, expose his rotting core. And because of that you are all tainted apples, guilty by association!

Point being, there are many baskets of apples. There are many bad apples. You praise and eat the good ones and scold and throw the bad ones away. Easy, non?

Lots of different things mentioned in this article

Frybird:

In film, things like Taxi Driver, Transformers, The Godfather, District 9, Scary Movie 3 and The Godfather can and do coexist too....

That's how I feel about it to.

I like the game idea, although it's not really a game just an idea to be incorporated into a game maybe if you added more to the idea then no regenerating health bar.

Resident Evil 5 is just as racist as 4 there is no difference between a white going around and shooting a bunch of Hispanics in Spain and shooting a bunch of black guys in Africa. Plus wouldn't it have been more racist to fill Africa with a bunch of white guys.

As for the Mario movie yes it can be done well but a movie can be done well for any subject if you have the right crew for it.

I love hearing Bob's opinions, but he loves Nintendo and Mario more than anyone else I know. As for the "flash in the pan" comment, yes, it comes off as extremely biased (I'd say "pure fanboyism" but I know how he hates that phrase). The Hitman and Uncharted series may only have 3 games, but that's because they haven't been done to death like old man Mario and his plot-less series.

How can Bob rationally think a live action Mario movie could work? There is barely enough plot in the entire series to fill a paragraph with! Yes, you could do a gritty reboot comedy, but Bob hates gritty reboots, or you could do a pure action movie with no plot, which Bob also hates.

Write us a script, Bob. We'd love to see you pull off the impossible.

SoopaSte123:
I love hearing Bob's opinions, but he loves Nintendo and Mario more than anyone else I know. As for the "flash in the pan" comment, yes, it comes off as extremely biased (I'd say "pure fanboyism" but I know how he hates that phrase). The Hitman and Uncharted series may only have 3 games, but that's because they haven't been done to death like old man Mario and his plot-less series.

How can Bob rationally think a live action Mario movie could work? There is barely enough plot in the entire series to fill a paragraph with! Yes, you could do a gritty reboot comedy, but Bob hates gritty reboots, or you could do a pure action movie with no plot, which Bob also hates.

Write us a script, Bob. We'd love to see you pull off the impossible.

I was going to post a long winded wall of text, but instead I shall just quote this for accuracy. I am glad that his opinion is getting broadcast to me weekly and I enjoy most of his work, but I could not disagree with him more on matters concerning games. He has such a heavy Nintendo bias, but to his credit, he never claims otherwise and the man is entitled to his opinion as much as I am entitled to mine; he is wrong.

SoopaSte123:
I love hearing Bob's opinions, but he loves Nintendo and Mario more than anyone else I know. As for the "flash in the pan" comment, yes, it comes off as extremely biased (I'd say "pure fanboyism" but I know how he hates that phrase). The Hitman and Uncharted series may only have 3 games, but that's because they haven't been done to death like old man Mario and his plot-less series.

How can Bob rationally think a live action Mario movie could work? There is barely enough plot in the entire series to fill a paragraph with! Yes, you could do a gritty reboot comedy, but Bob hates gritty reboots, or you could do a pure action movie with no plot, which Bob also hates.

Write us a script, Bob. We'd love to see you pull off the impossible.

Hitman actually has 4, soon to be 5, games, and Uncharted is going to have a fourth when the PsVita is released.

...sorry for being pedantic.

BOB. As much as you talk about the white whale that is your Mario movie idea. I have never heard you talk about HOW you would make it not suck.

I don't understand how the story could be brought to the bigscreen without turning into a giant bowl of creamed corn.

What if the earth tone was used for earth?

Regarding the movies:
Uncharted a flash in the pan? Yes. Yes it is.
Hitman a flash in the pan? HELL NO.
I get the main point: that they're going for the "it's popular now, so let's make a movie" and yet the icons of gaming are just left out there. Mario could have a good movie. If it's animated. I guess live-action COULD be done, and if someone who actually knows and cares about the material is in charge, it could work.

Regarding the "way we see games": I get the point. Saying that we want to be taken seriously, but hide behind the "it's just a game!" defense when the going gets tough. Thankfully, with all the strides gaming has been making culturally, we might not need to be making that defense much longer. And at least for a while, we have some legal protection with games being recognized as an art and the regulation of the sales of games being deemed unconstitutional.

As for his "dream game": A game with western mechanics and eastern aesthetics, using new-school graphics technology and and old-school FPS mechanics. ...Give this man a lot of money. Please?

resident evil 5 wasnt racist unless the player makes it racist. If you consider 5 racist then so would be 4 where you murder a hell of a lot of spaniards. TBH, people forget what racism even means and It's just plain sad anymore.

I'd love to hear how he'd plan to make a good Mario movie. Personally, I think Mario 3 would be the best choice. Interesting locations...long journey...two guys annihilating an entire military near the end. Find a way to make the story work in a movie and that might actually be pretty good.

Mr. Omega:
As for his "dream game": A game with western mechanics and eastern aesthetics, using new-school graphics technology and and old-school FPS mechanics. ...Give this man a lot of money. Please?

Also, this!

Logan Westbrook:
"You cannot say 'take us seriously as an artistic medium!' when you're railing against Roger Ebert; but then turn around and go 'oh, lighten up, it's just a game!' when people point out that Resident Evil 5 might be a little bit racist."

Eh, it wasn't racist, sorry. No more than Resident Evil 4 was toward Spaniards.

Mr. Omega:
As for his "dream game": A game with western mechanics and eastern aesthetics, using new-school graphics technology and and old-school FPS mechanics. ...Give this man a lot of money. Please?

Right, because the industry really needs another Duke Nukem Forever.

He strikes me as being fairly open-minded yet he doesn't see the possible good in regenerating health-- then again, he dislikes Halo as a whole despite noting its good points, and made an attempt to understand it but doesn't seem to have succeeded. Maybe the two are related. Maybe I'm ranting, IDK.

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