Movie adaptations of videogames have frequently been awful. They exist as a way for a studio to get name recognition for a genre film and allow a fledgling Director to get their first shot at a feature. Most often they alienate the fanbase of the game by omitting the aspects the players loved while making additions and changes that damage the reputation of the franchise. Would childrenÃ¢ÂÂs cartoons based on games be even worse? Imagine what happens then when you take beloved, classic games and translate them to poor quality animations while compromising the content to appeal to children. HereÃ¢ÂÂs a list of ten such abominations for your consideration.
There exists a Japanese animated version of Street Fighter so good it almost erases the memory of the horrible live action versions. We're not here to discuss that masterpiece though, we're here to talk about an abomination instead.
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Sonic the Hedgehog
Much of Sonic's woes (and whoa, have there been a lot of woes) started when he added an expanded cast to his adventures. Things got worse when he started to talk. When an animated series about a talking Sonic and his crazy crew of friends and enemies came along, it was doomed to failure. Not as bad as some entries on the list, its nonetheless sad to see Sonic in any medium these days. Its been so very, very long since he did anything right. It seems like someone needs to just turn off the life-support machine and let him die peacefully. Beep.Beep.Beep. Beep. Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
Wing Commander Academy
Wing Commander was one of biggest game franchises to be badly burned by an awful movie adaptation before 2000. And since they couldn't just leave well enough alone, they had to make an unsuccessful cartoon as well. Despite featuring some major vocal talent (Mark Hamill, Malcolm McDowell), the damage was already done.
The problem with converting a character invented to circumvent the graphical limitations of ancient gaming hardware to a world of cartoon entertainment is the number of questions it raises. Is Pac-Man a drug addict? What is this strange world of mazes he lives in? What were the ghosts when they were alive? Is that really a Pac-Baby? How was that conceived? Who is this strange Sith Lord included in the cartoon but never mentioned in the game? What the f**k is going on!?!