Interplay


Halfway through my time as an undergraduate, my perception of critical analysis was changed thanks to a Film Studies module I took. From there, I went on to study Adaptations in my post-graduate years, tackling adaptations of popular books, comics, and videogames into other media (generally movies and television shows). Taking its name from my PhD thesis, Interplay articles are lengthy, essay-like pieces designed to discuss adaptations in their many forms and, as a result, only tend to be published two or three times a year.


Talking Movies [MK Day]: Mortal Kombat (1995)

To celebrate the simultaneous worldwide release of Mortal Kombat (Midway, 1992) on home consoles, 13 September 1993 was dubbed “Mortal Monday”. Mortal Kombat’s move to home consoles impacted not only the ongoing “Console War” between SEGA and Nintendo but also videogames forever thanks to its controversial violence and I think that it’s only fitting that…

Game Corner [Spidey Month]: Spider-Man (PlayStation 2)

Easily Marvel Comic’s most recognisable and popular superhero, unsuspecting teenage nerd Peter Parker was first bitten by a radioactive spider and learned the true meaning of power and responsibility in Amazing Fantasy #15, which was first published in August 1962. Since then, the Amazing Spider-Man has featured in numerous cartoons, live-action movies, videogames, action figures,…

Back Issues [Sonic CDay]: The Sonic Terminator

Sonic the Hedgehog CD (Sonic Team, 1993) released on this day back in 1993. produced alongside the blockbuster Sonic the Hedgehog 2 (SEGA Technical Institute, 1992), Sonic CD expanded upon the Blue Blur’s original debut title with lush graphics, a time travel mechanic, gorgeous anime cutscnes, and by introducing players to Metal Sonic (one of…

Game Corner: Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Arcade)

Released: 31 October 1991Developer: MidwayAlso Available For: Commodore Amiga, Game Boy, Game Gear, Master System, Mega Drive, PC, Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) The Background:Terminator 2: Judgment Day (Cameron, 1991) was a blockbuster critical and commercial success; the film made over $520 million at the box office against a $94 to 102 million budget and…

Talking Movies [Spidey Month]: Spider-Man

Easily Marvel Comics’ most recognisable and popular superhero, unsuspecting teenage nerd Peter Parker was first b bitten by a radioactive spider and learned the true meaning of power and responsibility in Amazing Fantasy #15, which was first published in August 1962. Since then, the Amazing Spider-Man has featured in numerous cartoons, live-action movies, videogames, action…

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