The Guardian reports that the film version of popular gaming franchise Metal Gear Solid was scrapped due to the gulf of influence between the gaming and movie worlds. This is fair enough – what complements one medium is diametrically opposed to the what complements the other. Though they are both designed to be immersive, even participatory, the elements that make them so are very far removed. Movies encourage passive involvement, while games need you to be engaged more fully to be successful – perhaps a reason why so many movie adaptations of video games are so ridiculously high-octane. They’re just exhausting.

Here are a few choice videogame movies that, for possibly all the wrong reasons, give us itchy fingers:

Super Mario Bros: Bob Hoskins. What happened?

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Seriously, why did anyone think this was a good idea?

Mortal Kombat: How come there were no Babalities in this one?

So, if those don’t do it for you, let us know which ones you prefer. Videos always help.

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