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Old January 29 2014, 06:22 AM   #16
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

Trekker4747 -- there are games where people have sex, right? (i'm not a gamer so i don't know). If the answer is yes, do any of them show underage kids having sex? if they did, they would be protested against, and banned if they weren't removed altogether.

They could solve it with the Hunger Games game by having all the characters be young adults as opposed to teens & pre-teens.

They have 74 years of games, and 12 characters per year to build on.

They could also make it in a parallel universe where you could have the Tribute winners of those years fight against each other. "all Star Hunger games"...slightly different than Catching Fire, where you get to choose the winner from among 15-30 candidates.


Seems like a missed opportunity. Might not be as big as Halo, but could certainly make a few million.
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Old January 29 2014, 06:59 AM   #17
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

The aging up idea did cross my mind, and it doesn't seem like anything that would completely ruin the story's transition to a game.
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Old January 29 2014, 08:25 AM   #18
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

Even seeing a child in a video game is generally rare. How many games can you name where the goal is to murder children? How about games that even allow for the rare child to be targeted by the player and doesn't just auto-safety all of your weapons? (And no, Bioshock gene-spliced, monster-eyed little sisters that die during fade to black on an evil run don't count.)

Games might be for more than children, but can you honestly say there's a legit market chomping at the bit to delve into the fantasy of murdering children as blood sport?

You just know someone pitched it during the marketing meetings, they talked about it for five minutes and then someone sane realized they were talking about how to turn child murder into a video game and they moved on to the Official Katniss Nerf Archery Set.
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Old January 29 2014, 01:35 PM   #19
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How bout nobody dies in the game they just fall down holding their stomachs and groaning?
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Old January 29 2014, 01:45 PM   #20
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

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Trekker4747 -- there are games where people have sex, right? (i'm not a gamer so i don't know). If the answer is yes, do any of them show underage kids having sex? if they did, they would be protested against, and banned if they weren't removed altogether.
Note that I am speaking solely of the US here.

Yes, there are games with sex. However, sex is never shown in any kind of explicit detail because that would get you an Adults Only rating, which no retail store will carry.

Underage kids having sex? Nope! Don't think I've ever seen a game in the US where that happened, or was even implied. Few games have kids in them to begin with, though.

The video game market is far more sheepish about sex than violence. You can show all the brutal deaths you want, but no nipples or genitals, much less actual sex. If a game came out that had underage sex, it would be quite a scandal and it would be pulled from the market in a hurry.

They could solve it with the Hunger Games game by having all the characters be young adults as opposed to teens & pre-teens.
Sure, aging up would work.

They have 74 years of games, and 12 characters per year to build on.
They wouldn't spread it out like that. Most likely, they'd make a fighting game akin to Street Fighter or Mortal Kombat. That seems the most logical choice given the material.

They could also make it in a parallel universe where you could have the Tribute winners of those years fight against each other. "all Star Hunger games"...slightly different than Catching Fire, where you get to choose the winner from among 15-30 candidates.
Heh, you probably wouldn't even need to lampshade it with the parallel universe talk. People will accept all kinds of weird stuff in video games without explanation. "Wasn't this character dead? Oh well, it doesn't matter! On with the fighting!"

Seems like a missed opportunity. Might not be as big as Halo, but could certainly make a few million.
Here's one person's take on how a game based on HG could work. I mean, it's Kotaku, but what can you do?
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Old January 30 2014, 07:22 AM   #21
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

I was thinking of something more like an arena combat game. The kind of thing you get in the multiplayer modes of most the games that come out. Basically just have a straight video game version of how the Games are presented in the books/movies.
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Old January 30 2014, 09:02 AM   #22
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Old January 30 2014, 09:29 AM   #23
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

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They have 74 years of games, and 12 characters per year to build on.
24 characters a year, actually. 12 districts supply two tributes a year.

I agree that a video game about kids killin' kids in a gladiator arena for mass entertainment of the upper class wouldn't really fly with the parents groups.
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Old January 30 2014, 10:25 AM   #24
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The Hunger Games target audience is teenage girls. Not a demographic widely known for being gamers.
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Old January 30 2014, 01:33 PM   #25
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

I'm not sure that stereotype is remotely true, although they're probably not known for appreciating fighting games. That being said, is the movie audience the same as the book audience?
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Old January 30 2014, 03:22 PM   #26
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

It could work, if the hero character is mainly being controlled in a deadly traps and monster (mutts, etc) platformer game and less about killing the others.

You could throw in a few boss characters from the career tribute pool who can be aged up enough so not to count as kids anymore.

It would still be very dark, because while the player survives, you can't quite get around other kids dying gruesome deaths, just not necessarily at the hands of the player.
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Old January 30 2014, 07:42 PM   #27
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

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Even seeing a child in a video game is generally rare. How many games can you name where the goal is to murder children?
You could murder children in Fallout, The Phantom Menace, Deus Ex, and Baldur's Gate. Fallout 1 even has a perk called "child killer" your character receives after killing a child. I also remember running over children with an ice cream truck in Body Harvest on the N64. See, you play the ice cream music to lure them close, and then turn them into a bloody splatter on the street. Sure, you're supposed to save them to complete the mission, but sometimes you just want to have fun.

There's plenty of games where you can kill kids.
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Old January 30 2014, 08:15 PM   #28
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But is your playable character also a kid?
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Old January 30 2014, 08:26 PM   #29
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^

But is your playable character also a kid?
Nope. I can't think of any examples where kids kill kids. Sure, there's probably an NES platformer where you play as a kid throwing apples or something at other kid-like looking 32x24 pixel sprites causing them to blink out of existence, but that doesn't count.
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Old January 30 2014, 08:43 PM   #30
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Well, in "The Walking Dead", season 2, you play a little girl as a main character. Of course, she is fighting against zombies, not humans (haven't actually played season 2 yet). The only way I could see The Hunger Games turned into a videogame is a similar approach. More like an adventure game and less like a fighting/survival game. But I'm actually glad they stayed away from any possible Hunger Games videogames. As was mentioned before, there is always a rsik that games based on movies totally suck.

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