How films and games influence each other

Prince of Persia

If anything, video games are more popular than ever. High speed broadband has been an important contributory factor enabling massive multi-player games to be played on consoles as well as on mobile devices. Similarly high speed broadband means that movies can be downloaded in just minutes providing instant accessibility to tens of thousands of films.

The worlds of games and movies are connected in other ways too, in fact the world have collided. Many films have been inspired by games and many games have been inspired by films. Here is a selection of some of the more successful movie and film combinations.

The film adaptation of a popular video game that is often cited as being an excellent example of how this synergy can work well is Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time. Prince of Persia is a video game franchise in the platform genre. They are based in ancient Persia and revolve around the prince who is particularly acrobatically adept and who uses his special powers in archiving the games’ objectives.

The film Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time is a direct spin off of these games. It is a fantasy adventure film in which the prince leads and attack on a city which is believed to be supplying arms to some of Persia’s enemies, and from there the story unfolds. The film was a massive success in the box offices and grossed over $335 million.

The most successful video game that was spun off from a movie was GoldenEye 007. Not only was the game a huge commercial success achieving sales of over 8 million copies, it broke into new territory in terms of games development setting the scene for many more games in the first person shooter genre. In many ways the success of many online casino games can be attributed to films. In particular the kinds of slot games developed by are direct film spin-offs.


Examples of crossed genres in the field of the casino are for example slots games based around the Tomb Raider series and the Hitman slot.Naturally things don’t always work out. The game ET proved to be the biggest commercial failure of all while the movie ET was the most commercially successful movie ever.