For years television shows have been converted into video game adaptations like Family Feud, WWE Smackdown vs. Raw, American Gladiators, The Office and C.S.I. Even though a lot of the games are not always video game classics, the genre has been proven successful and this trend will continue in future years.
While game show adaptations are always successful, a selection of other television shows would make great video games for fans of the show and even introduce players to the show’s highlights.
Here is a look at five television shows that deserve the true video game treatment and not just a simple trivia-based clip video game.
Smallville: Superman has had his fair share of games, with the best being Superman Returns, but fans of the American hero have never gotten a true in-depth video game treatment.
Just like the show, the Smallville video game would follow the early adulthood of Clark Kent and players would progress as Clark learns new powers like X-ray vision, super speed and eventually flying.
The game would start in the small town of Smallville as Clark battles mutants affected by the Kryptonite, very much like the early seasons of Smallville.
As the game progresses, Clark learns more about his past and eventually moves to Metropolis and engages in large-scale city battles against enemies like Lex Luthor. An open game engine for both cities would make the game more entertaining as Clark explores and does missions.
Late Night Wars: Throughout the years, the drama on the Late Show with David Letterman and The Tonight Show have led to public battles that would translate well in the video game world.
Players can take control in a tycoon-like fashion of any late night show and host like Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel or even smaller show hosts like George Lopez. Then players can book guests, try to draw huge ratings and even scheme to take out the competition.
The game could have a lot to it, including a large selection of mini-games like a Late Night Mortal Kombat game where the hosts actually battle it out in violent fights. Even though each host would probably never endorse this game, fictional hosts like “Ray Jeno” or “Mavid Bookerman” could easily represent them.
16 & Pregnant: MTV’s popular documentary series 16 & Pregnant follows the lives of young girls who have children at a young age and even with honest, hard-hitting scenes, it is still hard to imagine what they go through unless you can experience that in a Sims-like video game.
The game would start at the start of the pregnancy and during the nine months, players must prepare for the baby by making money, staying friendly with the baby’s father and getting along with their parents.
Once the baby is born, the true challenge begins as players take care of the child, juggle their time in school and attempt to provide a happy life for the child.
This video game could be educational as well as entertaining as players go through multiple situations that could happen in real life.
General Hospital: One week of ABC’s General Hospital has enough action and drama to fill multiple video games, making this the perfect choice for an adaptation. General Hospital has been around since before video games were even invented, but the plots and characters from the early 2000s and now provide the game’s best content.
In the General Hospital video game, players have the choice of controlling the mob with Sonny, becoming a member of the police force as Lucky and Dante or becoming a famed doctor like Patrick.
As Sonny, players would run the day to day of the mob, with his trusty hit man Jason and computer whiz Spinelli. The computer missions would be puzzle-based as Jason’s missions would be purely action.
In-between that, Sonny would also have to please his love-life in video game relationships with characters like Carly and Olivia.
The police-based storyline would focus on players actually taking Sonny down and dealing with the daily crime-life that occurs in Port Charles.
The doctor-based storyline would involve the drama found throughout the actual hospital, the mob injuries and mysterious diseases that can find their way throughout Port Charles.
48 Hours: Mystery: This detective show pretty much involves viewers as they try to piece together clues and solve murders across the globe. The video game adaptation would start with a gruesome crime scene where players would look around for clues, interview witnesses with text-based choosing and figure out potential suspects.
Just like the show, the game would feature twists and turns as players get deeper into the story. While it is not usually part of the show, a cat and mouse adventure level while trying to capture the killer would provide a lot more game play.
The game could be very scary with the right effects and soundtrack. Another innovative feature would be to feature real cases seen on the show or loosely based on them.