Friday, August 8, 2008

Why no Dark Knight video game?

A valid question, and one that has puzzled me since I recall seeing screen shots from a gaming magazine several months ago (whenever I fly, I indulge and buy a video game magazine from the airport book stores, the ultimate in guilty-pleasure light reading). Here's a nice Associated Press article, most of it being speculation, discussing why there was no official video game tie-in for The Dark Knight. There was a mobile phone game, but there was no video game released for any of the consoles.

I'm guessing it was a quality issue since the speculation involving only making games for sure-fire blockbusters is absurd. Speed Racer and The Incredible Hulk had video games, as did Kung Fu Panda and Prince Capsian. None of these films were expected to set any records.

The Batman franchise has had a mixed success history in video games. The Super Nintendo versions of Batman Returns and The Adventures Of Batman And Robin (ie - Batman: The Animated Series) are arguably the best Batman games ever made. But for every Batman: Vengeance, there have been mediocre or downright terrible games (the infamous Batman: Dark Tomorrow is probably the cream of the crap). But, unlike other franchises, most Batman games have been at least enjoyable (I'm fond of the 1991 Atari arcade adaption of Tim Burton's Batman).

I can only assume that The Dark Knight game was shelved because it brought up memories of the dreaded Superman game for Nintendo 64. Released in May of 1999, it was a game so astoundingly terrible that it quickly became the definitive adjective in describing poor video games ('dude, this game is Superman 64 bad!').

On the plus side, there's a good chance that Lego Batman will be one of the greatest Batman games ever created. If it's anywhere near as much fun as the Star Wars and Indiana Jones Lego video games, we'll have a new classic on our hands come Fall.

Scott Mendelson

2 comments:

Franklin said...

Not sure if you knew or not but a brand new Batman game was announced just a few days ago called Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3, X360, and PC.

It may be too early to tell, but what system do you think you'd get it on? If you don't have both systems, you might want to check out this Stacker 2 contest going on where you can win a PS3 or 360. There are less than 150 contestants so far so chances of winning are pretty decent. Just design a 6 Hour Power t-shirt and if you win you get a system (your choice), a copy of Rise of the Argonauts, ten t-shirts with your design on it, and a year's supply of 6 Hour Power energy shots.

For contest details, go here: http://www.brickfish.com/Entertainment/Stacker2?tab=overview If you enter let me know and I'll definitely vote for your design. Good luck.

Franklin Keane
www.6hrpower.com
Franklin6hrpower@gmail.com

Franklin said...

Not sure if you knew or not but a brand new Batman game was announced just a few days ago called Batman: Arkham Asylum for the PS3, X360, and PC.

It may be too early to tell, but what system do you think you'd get it on? If you don't have both systems, you might want to check out this Stacker 2 contest going on where you can win a PS3 or 360. There are less than 150 contestants so far so chances of winning are pretty decent. Just design a 6 Hour Power t-shirt and if you win you get a system (your choice), a copy of Rise of the Argonauts, ten t-shirts with your design on it, and a year's supply of 6 Hour Power energy shots.

For contest details, go here: http://www.brickfish.com/Entertainment/Stacker2?tab=overview If you enter let me know and I'll definitely vote for your design. Good luck.

Franklin Keane
www.6hrpower.com
Franklin6hrpower@gmail.com

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