Schindler's List is one of the most powerful movies I've seen. My first thought is to make this a simulation game. Developers could try having Oskar Schindler build his wealth in order to purchase and save as many Polish Jews as possible by having them work in his factory. The production in the factory would have to be monitored to keep the Third Reich satisfied with the weapons produced. Also, money would need to be used to bribe many of the Nazi commanders. Of course, you could simplify it into a flash game where you throw wads of money at the Nazis to keep them from catching the Jews as they run across the screen, but I'd send that idea to Adult Swim.
This movie was so nonlinear and "messed," you'd probably have to have a mind like Tarantino to try to make a plausible game out of it. Since the story is a collection of narratives, I say just make more of them - a whole bunch more - keep them loosely tied, and try to keep gamers wondering what the game is all about, just like the movie. I just want to play the pawn shop scene where Bruce Willis goes nuts (pun definitely intended) with the katana and Ving Rhames takes a shotgun to Zed's groin. Honestly, I'd love to hear other ideas for how to make this one into a game.
"Rosebud..." A perfect way to start. This could blend into possibly the first detective / wealth acquirement game. Keep the game chapters in constant shift, between reporter Jerry Thompson searching for clues as to the meaning of Kane's final word, and flashing back to the earlier life of Kane where you must turn your ambition into wealth by taking control of the New York Inquirer. The money earned could be spent on countless additions to Kane's palatial estate, Xanadu. The only snag is that the movie ending would probably have gamers throwing their controllers at the television. (Spoiler) After all, Rosebud was just the name of his childhood sled... (*cough*).
A classic by Alfred Hitchcock, with the trademark shower stabbing known to even those who have not seen the movie. Although you wouldn't be left guessing who the murderer is if you've seen the film, the beauty about a game is that different decisions could create different scenarios. My thought is to have the game played through the eyes of the victims, trying to put the pieces together. Start as Marion Crane, puzzling through the arguments between Norman Bates and his "mother," before her death by shower stabbing. Then continue on as detective Arbogast, searching for clues about Marion's disappearance, before he gets slashed across the throat. Finally, play as Sam Loomis (Marion's lover), who comes to the rescue of Marion's sister Lila just in the nick of time. To extend the story, you could start the adventure through the eyes of Bates' first two female victims, or even before that when his mother and her lover are murdered. Hmmm, the possibilities.
This unmistakably timeless movie starring Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway clinches the number one spot not only for being a great film, but also for having a story progression that would translate so well into a video game. Take Clyde's attempt to steal Bonnie's mother's car and the introduction of the two lovers as a tutorial. Then start with a bunch of small-time holdup missions, building the gang as you go. As your notoriety rises, bigger heist missions open up. Of course you're always trying to evade the police; failure means you'll end up full of holes in a bullet-riddled car. To avoid too many similarities to GTA, keep it linear rather than open world, but have numerous variations with each heist, and use a customizable gang hideout with many unlockable features.
By Sean Engemann
CCC Freelance Writer
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