Despite being a comparatively later entry, video games are now as much a part of pop culture as anything else. Movies are made into video games and video games have inspired more movies than we can count. Then there are bestselling novels set in the respective universes of bestselling games.
Classic literature itself has been the direct or indirect basis for numerous video games over the years, while folklore and mythology found a natural home in the virtual world of games. However, video games have recently merged with a new medium of pop culture that’s younger than itself.
Merging of Web Series and Video Games
The first web series can be traced back to the mid-90s, but the Golden Age of Arcade Video Games came and went more than a decade even before that. On the other hand, streaming services and original web series titles did not gain any significant traction until the late 2000s. Even though the MNCs behind streaming services had started earlier, fast internet was still not affordable enough for the average consumer to be interested in online shows.
Coming back to more recent times, things have changed drastically. Now that we have indeed reached a high point in our progress through the age of technology, both video games and online shows are right on top of popular culture in entertainment. As a result, the two have mixed often and sometimes, the resulting creations have been brilliant. If you are someone who loves both, you will love the small list coming up next.
The Witcher (2019)
If you have played The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, or any of the other Witcher games before, you will love Henry Cavill’s portrayal of the White Wolf. During interviews, Henry Cavill openly stated how much he loved playing The Witcher III: Wild Hunt, long before he was ever cast into Geralt’s role. As it happens, that fact becomes evident as you watch the show, because Cavill did breathe as much of the 3rd game’s Geralt into the show’s monster hunter as he possibly could.
Just in case you have not played any of the Witcher games yet, feel free to start with Witcher III. It’s one of the best video games ever developed and you will not be left disappointed. Granted, the game can be demanding on your system, but the last two generations of Intel APUs can run the game at playable frame rates without any issues. As for which laptops have Intel Arc Graphics, find out here on https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/faqs/intel/intel-graphics/.
The Cuphead Show! (2022)
It would have been an injustice if Studio MDHR’s 2017 masterpiece, Cuphead was not made into a show of some kind. If you have played the extremely difficult but satisfying, 2D platformer/shooter before, then you know Cuphead was created to look, sound, and feel like a bizarre cartoon show from the 1930s.
The 2022 Netflix original slapstick comedy show maintains the same aesthetics and style, while also retaining all the main characters from Cuphead as well. Even if you have never played Cuphead, you should give The Cuphead Show! a try for the unique comedy that it is.
Honorable mention must be given to Dragon’s Dogma, which was created by Capcom and released on Netflix in 2020. Based on the hit single player RPG (2012) of the same name by Capcom, it’s arguably one of the best Netflix originals based on games we have seen so far.