To my absolute horror, I found out that Friends (the TV show which started a dozen different hair style trends) is being turned into a trivia game available on PS2. It is even available on PC right now –and people have already purchased it! No, this is NOT right! Especially NOT RIGHT when there are good games like Full Throttle and Grim Fandango that deserve sequels! Sigh.
Here is a list I have quickly compiled of television show concepts turned into video games that should have never been made. Feel free to add to the list.
1. Law & Order 1, 2, and every other one I saw at Costco. Game play (especially questioning suspects) is tedious and boring. Once upon a time I liked myself a good police investigator game (aka Police Quest 1988), but these games do no justice to the cast, writers or the image of the show. Rest in peace, Jerry Orbach!
4. I know “Jack is back” and all that, but do we really need a game for him on PS2? The game will answer questions from the second and third seasons of 24, like “Who was behind the failed attempt on President Palmer’s life,” “Who ran the country while Palmer recovered,” “Why did Kim Bauer begin working in the CTU,” and “How did Bauer and Chase Edmunds come to work together?” None of these questions actually make sense to me, so, umm, yeah, I’m not really looking forward to its release in February.
Final note: To whom it may concern, I know you want to cash in on the popularity of these shows, but consumers are becoming smarter. So, stop it, just stop it.
Update: You may not have guessed this, but the boyfriend keeps this blog readable and user friendly.
Bf: “You forgot CSI!”
Me: “Isn’t that the same as Law & Order? I mentioned Law & Order.”
Bf: “No, you forgot CSI. You hate CSI!”
Me: “Eh, it’s the same as the Law & Order games.”
Bf: “Fine, I will just comment and add that you forgot CSI.”
Bf: “You said on your blog to ‘feel free to add to the list.’”
Me: “Ugh, fine, I will add it. Don’t comment. I will just add it to the post, okay?”
Aww, I still adore the Simpsons game.
Posted by: suki at November 28, 2005 04:18 PM
I think a “Friends” game would be cool if it were like The Sims. I would kill Ross.
Posted by: Donnie Jeter at November 28, 2005 06:15 PM
ER became a game as well. People say it sucks.
Posted by: Thomas at November 28, 2005 06:24 PM
You forgot CSI, CSI is way different from Law & Order, YOU HATE CSI!
But Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Nintendo was a bad ass.
Posted by: Brandon at November 29, 2005 04:44 AM
There are also all the wrestling games based on the WWF/WWE TV shows. “Friends” would be good if it were a fighting game.
Posted by: Tom at November 29, 2005 07:23 AM
Oh how I agree totally!
Saying that; I play CSI. Law & Order had such a tedious and poor engine though. I couldn’t see why people liked The Simpsons games etc nor any of the others.
In response to Police Quest and Full Throttle, they were 2 of my 3 old favourites, RingWorld was the other. Oh my, how I cravefor the pixely goodness of Police Quest and the coolness of Full Throttle.
Posted by: Zach Inglis at November 30, 2005 01:11 AM