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Old January 29 2014, 02:58 AM   #1
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Why no Hunger Games video game?

I was thinking after seeing Catching Fire, that it's kind of surprising they haven't done any kind of a PS3\4/X-Box 360/One game based on the franchise. It seems to me like the concept is pretty obvious for a video game series, either based directly on the series plot or even just on the Hunger Games concept. After the success of the reboot of Tomb Raider, it seems like this would be the perfect way to get another female main character into video games.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:05 AM   #2
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

Since the only action in the first two movies involves fighting a total of a dozen villains, it wouldn't make for a very long video game... but the full out civil war of the last book should make for a good game where the first two movies could be the opening couple stages.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:21 AM   #3
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

Video game companies have finally learned movie tie-ins rarely work?
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Old January 29 2014, 03:23 AM   #4
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

Wouldn't a game that involved children killing other children in a contest of senseless violence provoke certain parental groups?
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Old January 29 2014, 03:25 AM   #5
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

I guess that does make sense. I tend to forget just how young the Tributes are.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:25 AM   #6
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

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Since the only action in the first two movies involves fighting a total of a dozen villains, it wouldn't make for a very long video game... but the full out civil war of the last book should make for a good game where the first two movies could be the opening couple stages.
Hey, if they can make a Home Improvement or Alf game anything is possible.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:31 AM   #7
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

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Wouldn't a game that involved children killing other children in a contest of senseless violence provoke certain parental groups?
Videos games are made for more than children.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:37 AM   #8
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Videos games are made for more than children.
Three things:

(1) Parental groups attack videogames that aren't intended for children all the time.

(2) It stands to reason that a Hunger Games videogame would be aimed at young adults, since that's the target audience of the books and movies.

(3) The studio would likely take a potential backlash into consideration when deciding whether to license their IP for a videogame.
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Old January 29 2014, 03:57 AM   #9
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

Trekker4747 wrote: View Post
Video game companies have finally learned movie tie-ins rarely work?
Rarely work regarding the quality of the game or from a profit perspective? Because it's the latter that matters.
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Old January 29 2014, 04:23 AM   #10
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

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A fair point. I think most would agree that tie-in videogames rarely succeed creatively, but I have no idea if they're financially lucrative or not.
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Old January 29 2014, 04:36 AM   #11
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

I dunno. Why isn't there a Hunger Games breakfast cereal?
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Old January 29 2014, 04:51 AM   #12
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

I really think there's a big difference between a video based on a popular action franchise and a breakfast cereal.
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

As was already mentioned, a video game about kids killing each other is way too provocative.

Film tie-in games are usually made by established development studios and published by established publishing companies. Such companies are going to be fairly conservative by nature. A game about kids brutally murdering each other isn't gonna get past the contract negotiation stage. Granted, it's kind of hypocritical since it's apparently okay for a movie to show it, but not a game, but that's just how it is.
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Old January 29 2014, 05:34 AM   #14
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Re: Why no Hunger Games video game?

How about a Saturday morning cartoon? They turned Rambo and Robocop into kid shows, so don't say it can't be done. I'd love to see how they can adapt kids killing kids into a family friendly cartoon.
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Old January 29 2014, 05:38 AM   #15
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Well, they did it with The Toxic Avenger, so I guess anything's possible.
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