Originally Posted by _Avarice_
Comic books also have a much longer history and appeal to a larger fanbase, as far as nostalgia goes.
I just don't ever see a video game-based movie being good. Every one up to this point justifies my feeling.
Not at all. All of the longstanding history of comic books didn't keep them from tanking as movies for a long time until the modern era of special effects kicked in and Hollywood decided to put 1st class budget and promotion behind comic characters.
Marvel comic characters did especially pathetic in movies and movie attempts before Sony in fact put a 1st class budget behind Spiderman and it proved a smash hit. Of course X-men also got a class A treatment and proved there was in fact a major movie market for modern comic characters. (not just the ancient Superman and Batman of DC
Now many Marvel comic characters are huge in movies with more coming and they don't have the history of Superman and Batman. If anything the very young theater going demographic these days is quite familiar with video game characters.
Tomb Raider and Resident Evil have shown some market just as Superman and Batman did when most comic movies were bombing or failing to even make it to market. (Note the the big name Hollywood leads in those movies)
Video game movies have generally gotten the same tentative low budget and low promotional treatment that comic book movies used to get. Basically the issue is that they have been poor movies with cheesy scripts and production values. Microsoft could make sure that fate doesn't fall on a Halo movie.
All it will take is Hollywood studios to get a few break out video game properties turned big movies to change the trend very quickly. Sony may be such a studio again as they were with Spiderman since they have such strong presence in gaming. Aren't they working Namco on a Tekken movie?