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Darren Franich
November 11, 2011 AT 03:00 PM EST

In just a few short decades, videogames have evolved from the primordial sludge of Pong into a vibrant culture-defining art form, capable of producing crowd-pleasing action thrillers (like Uncharted), thought-provoking epics (Red Dead Redemption), brain-teasing puzzles (Portal), quasi-existential choose-your-own-adventure character studies (Fallout, Mass Effect), and pure adrenaline speed candy (Super Smash Brothers). Unfortunately, none of that is even remotely evident in the list of films adapted from videogames. But Hollywood keeps trying to make game-based movies happen, and in light of Vulture’s recent report about a potential Assassin’s Creed film, we figured now was a good time to look back on the Not-So-Special Relationship between videogames and movies. Watch the whole sordid history below:

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