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It’s Official: Video Game Adaptations No Longer Have To Suck

When it comes to general rules in entertainment and pop culture, the rule always works until it doesn’t. What I mean by that is trends are fickle. What seems certain, logical, and even unavoidable one day for a particular genre might be shrouded with doubt the next.

In decades past, there was a general rule that there would always be a prominent place for western movies. Granted, there’s still a place for them, but it’s not nearly as prominent.

Just a few decades ago, there was a general rule that if you put someone like Nicholas Cage and Arnold Schwarzenegger in any movie, it would easily gross over $100 million. That’s no longer the case, either. It’s been quite a while since either actor achieved that level of success at the box office consistently.

I’m also old enough to remember a time when superhero movies were seen as extremely niche with limited appeal. I even remember the reaction to “Batman and Robin,” which for a time felt like a massive setback for the genre that would last a generation.

These rules were once general assumptions in the entertainment world. And they were assumed to always apply, but then they didn’t. We should never assume a rule or trend will always apply, especially when it comes to pop culture. And I say that as someone who never wants to see superhero movies go out of style.

With that in mind, I think it’s time we finally change our rules and assumptions about video game adaptations.

Now, I’m not just saying that because I’ve been watching “The Last of Us” on HBO and have been repeatedly blown away by how great it has been. One good movie or show is a fluke. That’s why there are so many forgettable “Die Hard” knock-offs from the 1990s. The reason I think the time has come to adjust our attitudes is because “The Last of Us” feels like the last critical part of a new trend that has been unfolding for a while now.

And as someone who loves video games and wants to see more successful adaptations, I welcome this. In fact, I think it was overdue. I’d been hoping for something like this for years and have been burned by one too many “Resident Evil” movies along the way.

Even if it has taken way too long, I think “The Last of Us” has finished what “Sonic: The Hedgehog” and “Castlevania” started. It helped further distance audiences from the old mentality that video game adaptations tend to suck by default. It made the case that a video adaptation can be done and done well. There’s even a proven process to it, which has become more and more refined, going back to the days of the first “Tomb Raider” movies with Angelina Jolie.

A big part of what makes “The Last of Us” work so well is that it stays remarkably true to the source material in terms of ambience and theme. It doesn’t completely retell the story of the game. It nicely supplements it. The game is the foundation and the scaffolding. The show is the meat and the substance.

Even a movie like “Sonic: The Hedgehog,” which doesn’t closely mirror any of the games, still captures the heart and tone of character. The Sonic you see in the movie feels like a natural extension of the one you play in the game.

A show like “Arcane” takes it even further than that. It actually uses that foundation to build new, more compelling lore for every character involved. Even elements not covered in the game can get fleshed out, but in a way that doesn’t involve reinventing or reshaping the characters or world. More importantly, it doesn’t just rely entirely on the built-in audience to fill in the blanks. There’s a real, concerted effort to tell a cohesive story beyond the action.

This all seems obvious now, but it wasn’t that long ago that it was deemed impossible or incompatible with video game adaptations. I think we need to ditch that mentality once and for all. That’s not to say that video adaptations will stop sucking entirely. Even with their current popularity, superhero movies can still be awful. Just look at “Moribus.”

I’m also not convinced the upcoming “Super Mario Bros” movie will be great, but that might just be because I still cringe at the 1990s adaptation that had Dennis Hopper playing Bowser.

But the precedent has already been set.

The standards have already been raised.

A show like “The Last of Us” and a movie like “Sonic: The Hedgehog” is no longer a fluke or a one-off. They are now part of a tangible, verifiable trend that video game adaptations can be great in their own right. And personally, I hope to see more in the future. There’s definitely a place for them in popular culture.

Video games have come a long way since the days of Tetris and Pong. Players today expect more story and depth than ever before. That sort of thing can definitely translate into blockbuster franchises or shows and they should. Because regardless of the medium or source, there will always been an audience for great stories with memorable characters.

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Quick Reacts: The Last Of Us Premier

This video is my quick reaction to the series premier of HBO’s The Last of Us. Please note I didn’t script this like I usually do. So it’s a little messy and I do stutter quite a bit. But if you’d like to see more of these kinds of reaction videos, please let me know.

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I’m Officially On Twitch!

Every now and then, I feel compelled to try something new in hopes that it’ll become a new passion or at least help me connect with other like-minded people. For much of my early life, right up until I was in my mid-20s, I was generally reluctant. I spent a good chunk of my life dealing with crippling anxiety, shyness, and sub-par social skills. I like to think I’ve gotten better. But when it comes to trying new things, I’m still behind the curve compared to most.

So, when I do attempt something new, it’s noteworthy and exciting. For the most part, those attempts have been successful. I consider this site and my YouTube channel a success in that regard. Now, I’m hoping to add a new endeavor to the mix.

To that end, I’d like to officially announce that I’ve joined Twitch. I now have my own channel and I just recently began streaming on it.

https://www.twitch.tv/marvelmaster6616

Now, I’ve been aware of Twitch for quite some time. Some of my friends regularly use it. But for the most part, I didn’t really get into it. I just know that whenever I explain Twitch to older people, their reactions are often funny.

I tell them that it’s largely a channel where people stream themselves playing video games and other people join in to watch. When they ask why anyone would want to do that, I often counter with why anyone would want to watch other people play sports. I also point out that a lot of people my age have fond memories of getting together with friends, hanging out, and watching one another play our favorite video games.

I’m one of them. I can’t count how many hours I spent with my friends just watching them play games like Goldeneye or Mario Kart.

Twitch is just a bigger manifestation of that. And recently, I’ve caught up with some old friends of mine who are now active on Twitch. That inspired me to start a channel of my own. I’ve already made a number of YouTube videos showing me playing games like Marvel Strike Force and Cyberpunk 2077. This is just me expanding on that.

Like my YouTube channel, I don’t expect to get a lot of followers at first. But I’ve already found that it’s a fun way to interact with people and to share some personal thoughts here and there. In my first few streams, I even dropped some hints about upcoming YouTube videos. So, if you ever want to interact with me directly, this is another way to do it.

I also hope that, when I get a Playstation 5, it’ll be easier to use Twitch to share my gameplay. That could be another way to interact with friends and build an audience. Time will tell. But I just wanted to announce this for anyone interested in a different kind of interaction.

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: Final Mission (With Multiple Endings)

The following are a series of videos from my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. I’m finally at the endgame with Cyberpunk 2077. I’ve made it to the last mission. However, Cyberpunk 2077 is unique in that the ending depends heavily on the choices you’ve made throughout the game.

Some are good.

Some are awful.

Some are a little in between.

In these videos, I play through three endings. One of them is the worst, by most measures. The other is the best, in my opinion. The other is solid, but not the best. Enjoy!

The worst possible ending.

The best possible ending in my opinion.

This is a good ending, but not the best.

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: Four New Videos (Judy Alvarez Side Missions)

The following is a collection of four videos that I posted to my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. They are more gameplay from me playing Cyberpunk 2077 on my Playstation 4. These videos focus on a series of side-missions focusing on fan favorite, Judy Alvarez. Enjoy!

This video is of the mission, “Both Sides, Now.”

This video is of the mission, “Ex Factor.”

This video is of the mission, “Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution.”

This video is of the mission, “Pisces.”

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: Three New Videos (With Some Sexy Moments)

The following is a series of videos that I posted to my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. They are more entries in my growing crop of footage of me playing Cyberpunk 2077. These videos involve missions that tie into the main story and one of them includes some of the sexier moments from the game. Enjoy!

This video is of the mission, “M’ap Tenn Pelen.”

This video is of the mission, “I Walk The Line,” which ties into the previous mission.

This video is of the mission, “Transmission,” which includes that sexy moment I mentioned earlier.

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: Two New Videos Following The Main Story

The following is a couple more videos that I posted to my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. They are another entry in my growing crop of footage of me playing Cyberpunk 2077. Both these videos involve missions that tie into the main story. Enjoy!

This video is of the mission, “The Space In Between.”

This video is of the mission, “Disasterpiece,” which immediately follows the previous mission.

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: More New Videos (Including The Main Story)

The following is a couple of videos that I posted to my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. They are more captured footage of me playing Cyberpunk 2077. I’m starting to get towards the end of the game. In one of these videos, I navigate one of the main storylines. I plan on recording more as I make my way towards the end. Enjoy!

This video is of the mission, “Fortunate Son.”

This video is of the mission, “Gimme Danger,” which is one of the main missions that must be completed to beat the game.

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: Two New Videos (With Sexy Parts)!

The following is a couple of videos that I posted to my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. I’m still refining my ability to record video game footage from me playing my PS4. I feel like I’ve gotten a good handle on things now. These two clips are some of the longest and most detailed to date.

Below are two clips of me playing through two missions in Cyberpunk 2077, one action packed and the other intimate and dramatic. Let me know what you think and how I’ve styled my female V.

This video is of the mission, “The Hunt.”

This video is of the mission, “Following The River.” It also includes one of the many sexy parts of this game. Enjoy!

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Jack Plays Cyberpunk 2077: Two New Videos!

The following is a couple of videos that I posted to my YouTube channel, Jack’s World. I’m still experimenting with posting captured or streamed video game footage to my channel. While I haven’t figured out the streaming part, I have gotten better at capturing footage on my PS4.

Below are two lengthy clips of me playing through a couple of missions in Cyberpunk 2077. Let me know what you think and how I’ve styled my female V.

This video is of the mission, “With A Little Help From My Friends.”

This video is of the mission, “Queen of the Highway.”

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