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Netflix’s Terrific Video Game Shows Shame Hollywood’s Awful Movie Adaptations

Cyberpunk 2077, last year’s most talked about title, didn’t start as a video game. The original Cyberpunk was a tabletop game role-playing game created by Mike Pondsmith and R. Talsorian Games. While tabletop games and video games are both types of games, their unique differences present many challenges when adapting one into the other. 

So, imagine the challenge of adapting an interactive, entertainment-driven medium like video games into a passive, narrative-driven medium like movies or TV shows. Once again, Cyberpunk shows the way. In 2022, Netflix and famed anime team Studio Trigger will adapt Cyberpunk 2077 into an animated series called Cyberpunk: Edgerunners. While previous video game adaptations missed far more often than they hit, we have hope that Cyberpunk: Edgerunners will continue the video game adaptation renaissance we’ve seen in recent years. What caused this shift? Companies realized that video games work better as TV shows than movies.

Channel Surfing

Netflix produces some of the finest video game-based television. Although The Witcher is technically based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s series of fantasy novels, its video game adaptation (also by Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red) gave the brand the popularity it needed to earn a prestige, live-action streaming show starring Henry Cavill. On the animated end, the Castlevania anime takes the spooky NES romp about slaying monsters in Dracula’s castle and turns it into a medieval, gothic melodrama that features rich characters and killer fight scenes. 

Other channels have their own video game television projects in the works, too. Fans praise The Last of Us for its intimate, brutal, and realistic cinematic storytelling, at least in comparison to other video games. Soon you can watch its story with actual people when it becomes an HBO show. I wonder if the corporate overlords at

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