If you think video games based on movie licenses are bad, did you ever check out board games based on video game licenses? Professional blogger Yehuda has compiled a great little trip through the land of video game to board game conversion
He begins with the early games like Berzerk
and Donkey Kong
(pictured). Quick recap of a few of those game's gameplay mechanics: In Berzerk
you would flick the back of your guy and his arms would swing up knocking over the bad guy in the next tile; Pac-Man
you pressed as hard as you could over marbles to make them pop into the protagonist, and in Donkey Kong
there was actually a rubber band inside the arm to drop barrels -- if you got through a full game without a malfunction you were very lucky.
Yehuda takes us all the way from the strong beginnings in the '80s to the modern seventh generation in gaming. Definitely a gasp-inducing bit of nostalgia for any kid whose parents thought buying the board game was a reasonable equivalent to the video game.
[Via Raph Koster's Website