Ever played Pokemon? I never cared for it myself, but I couldn’t ignore the card game, at least for the 3 months I worked at Gamestop. Didn’t Nintendo sell a ka-billion copies of Pokemon Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald for the Gameboy Advance? Oh, and did I mention the dozen feature length movies and manga based on that yellow fuzzy uh .. thing?
Well if you don’t know where I’m going with this by now I’ll spell it out for you: if you want to see the future of video games as it relates to storyline and characters, you need look no further than your local comic book shop, electronics store and movie theater, or you can take it a step further and head to the Florida Supercon on June 5th, 6th and 7th in sunny Miami, Florida.
The main attraction among many is B-movie star Bruce Campbell, who’ll make an appearance on Saturday to sign autographs and tell stories. The first time I heard of Campbell was way back in 1997 in a game called Broken Helix. Am I the only one that remembers that Konami shooter for the PS1? Yes, I know everyone remembers him from Evil Dead, and his various cameos in the Spiderman trilogy, but that obscure third person action game is where I got my first education in Geek-ology 101.
Stars from the Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Pokemon movies are also scheduled to be there as well as artists responsible for some of the worlds most popular comic series, too many to list here. There’s plenty of love for the video game fans too, as the 3 day convention is also hosting a live Super Smash Bros show: and I don’t mean a couple of kids playing the game ‘live’, but an ensemble of dancers in full costume performing on stage. There’s also a video game room to relax in when you’re tired of hitting on all the cosplay models that’ll be there.
The Super Smash Bros will be performing live at the Florida Supercon.
I’m personally looking forward to meeting Dana Snyder, better known as “Master Shake” of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and if your still not convinced, check out the website
for a full schedule of over 100 comic book artists, actors and cosplay performers making appearances over the entire weekend.
The moral of this story is that if your a video game fan, by default you’re a fan of comics, cinema and animation, and no other medium can bring these together like the art of computerized entertainment. Especially now, where the visual quality of many games meet or exceed that of any of the media the games industry once could only attempt to mimic.
Fifteen years ago I could only dream of a movie based on my favorite video game, but now I need to wait only a few weeks after a game is released before a companion comic is thrown on the shelf, or a script is being passed around some movie executives office. Oh and speaking of movies.. Have you ever played Tomb Raider?
I rest my case.
[Gamer Limit will be providing coverage at the Florida Supercon 2009, so stay tuned!]