Every year thousands of new movies are released, old favourites are replayed, obscure indies capture our hearts, movies that we once knew are updated until they’re unrecognisable. We’re fickle but we believe Classics never go out of style. MMOs haven’t quite gotten popular enough to spawn their own sub-genre of films, apart from the odd fan project or the long-rumored World of Warcraft flick. That doesn’t mean that we’re lacking good movie role models for our hobby, however. I think that there are plenty of films that are perfectly suited for the MMO fan, even if they’ve never been thought of as such.
So here are 10 films that speak to us as gamers. To make things interesting, I excluded any movie that shares the same IP as an MMO. Read this list and let me know what you would pick!
1. Tron Legacy
Tron Legacy and its forefather Tron are good-looking if somewhat below-average films that explore a secret world that lives inside computers. Hey, this started back in 1982 when computers were barely understood by the public, so for all anyone knew, little people could have actually formed a society inside the gigantic metal boxes that perched on our desks.
2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
You might be thinking that I picked this film because of how prevalent Asian MMOs are in the genre. And sure, you’d have a point, but I like to think of this as a multi-layered selection. CTHD shows off the fluid beauty of physics-defying movement and fighting, both of which are staples of MMOs.
3. Weird Science
At first glance, John Hughes’ wacky sci-fi/teen comedy Weird Science may not seem appropriate for this list, but it’s the character of Lisa I think merits inclusion. The creation of a virtual persona — our character, our toon, or our avatar — reflects our personal wants, desires, and fantasies.
4. In the Mouth of Madness
MMOs have an interesting relationship with horror that I’d like to explore more in depth at a later juncture. Suffice it to say, I’m including this particular Lovecraft-esque flick because it does the same thing that scary games attempt to do: draw us in, blur the lines of reality, and then mess with our heads.
5. Battle Royale
Battle Royale takes a class full of teens, puts them on an island, and makes them fight to the death.
6. The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride nominally a fantasy, and not only does it poke great fun at romantic tropes ,but it also injects a lot of humor into its setting.
7. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World represents a complete blurring of games with reality.
This might be the least-known film on this list, but it’s definitely worth your time. Cube is an interesting sci-fi/thriller in which strangers wake up in a prison made of interlocking cubes. Some of the cubes contain deadly traps, and there’s an urgency to find the exit before one starves or dies of thirst.
9. The Wizard of Oz
If I had to point to a movie to be a complete representation of all that is MMOs, it would have to be the Wizard of Oz.
10. The Care Bears Movie
You know, the term “care bear” gets thrown around as if it’s a pejorative in MMOs, but have you watched this movie? They’re hardcore, yo. They will care you to death if you don’t watch out, and their stares are the stuff of legends.Click read more for all the game details!