10 video games that would make great TV shows

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Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Bioshock, Horizon: Zero Dawn, Mass Effect

Image: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic/LucasArts, Bioshock/2K, Horizon: Zero Dawn/Sony Interactive Entertainment, Mass Effect/Microsoft Game Studios/Electronic Arts, Bioshock

There are a ton of video games TV shows on the way, From The Last of Us to Fallout to Halo. What other great games should make the jump?

Video games adaptations don’t have the best reputation. Plenty have made the leap to the big screen, but the results are often dismal, from Mortal Kombat: Annihilation to Doom to anything made by Uwe Boll.

Things are improving, with movies like Detective Pikachu and Sonic the Hedgehog getting warmer receptions, but the stink remains. Still, as a generation of filmmakers raised on games come of age, it seems like only a matter of time before we get some truly excellent adaptations, and some of the most promising seem to be on their way to TV.

We already have a test case of sorts in The Witcher, which is based on Andrzej Sapkowski’s books but which wouldn’t have happened without the Witcher video games being as big as they are, something the showrunner happily admits. After that, the flood gates open. HBO is adapting Naughty Dog’s post-apocalyptic masterpiece The Last of Us, and Showtime is developing a series based on Halo. Netflix is getting an anime-style take of Cyberpunk 2077, the next game from Witcher developer CD Projekt Red. Disco Elysium, yet another critically acclaimed RPG, is currently being developed for the small screen as well.

Arguably the biggest game-to-TV announcement happened just this past week, as we got word that Amazon is making a show based on Fallout.

It begs the question: what’s next? What other games could feasibly make the leap to the small screen, getting shiny adult renditions on top tier networks?

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