It’s no secret that TV series are as popular now as they ever have been. A wide range of original high quality programming coupled with the convenience of being able to log onto your mobile device and instantly watch whatever takes your fancy has captured the imagination of millions around the world and streaming services such as Netflix have certainly helped in this regard.
The video streaming membership of the company recently grew to 93.8 million and, with the business set to spend around $6bn on producing original programming in 2017, the streaming giant doesn’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.
With fan favorites such as Stranger Things and House of Cards both rated amongst the best TV series of all time according to IMDb, Netflix are evidently producing a high volume of quality content that users can watch from the comfort of their own home and are reaping the rewards from doing so.
If there was any more proof needed that the online streaming of TV shows is a lucrative business, Netflix have recently announced plans to hire an overseas executive in order to oversee the licensing of a large range of merchandise based on both their own original programming and shows that are owned by other television studios.
The streaming service has already conducted a test with pop culture fashion giant Hot Topic, which successfully sold a wide variety of merchandise relating to the Netflix original Stranger Things, including mugs, caps and jewelry.
The impact of TV shows in popular culture is also prevalent throughout the gaming industry and a good number of fan favorites being turned into successful online and mobile games in their own right. With the mobile gaming industry now taking over the PC and console gaming market in terms of revenue, the desire for successful gaming and TV show crossovers is greater than ever, with users keen to play as their favorite characters at their fingertips.
Successful Gaming and TV Show Crossovers
Walking Dead Season 1
AMC’s post apocalyptic horror series The Walking Dead will return for its 8th season on the 22nd October. It has previously broken numerous records relating to viewing figures, reaching 17.3m at the beginning of season 5.
The interactive game over at Google Play based on the series has also been very well received and is more than just your regular shoot em’ up game. Co-creator of The Walking Dead Robert Kirkman had a hand in designing the game and has created a whole universe for players to explore for a psychological experience like no other.
What’s more, every decision that you make has a unique and lasting impact on your character, adding a skill based element to the game as opposed to wandering around dusty streets blowing zombies heads off (as fun as that is).
Game of Thrones
The fantasy drama based on George R R Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’ has proved a massive hit across the world and has recently been renewed for a seventh season, which premiered on July 16th 2017.
The series has received worldwide critical acclaim for its wide range of complex characters, production values and acting, with Peter Dinklage receiving two primetime Emmy awards for his portrayal of the wise cracking Tyrian Lannister.
While there is a Telltale game set in Westeros, the Game of Thrones interactive slot game is one of the more accessible titles for mobile users, featuring many of the quirks common to the genre, like scatters, wilds, and multipliers, bonuses that can increase the player’s chance of winning.
The game also allows you to choose from a variety of different characters as you battle through varying levels of difficulty in your pursuit of the Iron Throne, with the eventual aim being to conquer the known world in HBO’s long-running drama and have others trembling in your wake.
The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Possibly the most well known and best-loved game on the list, The Simpsons: Tapped Out has been a real fan favorite since its release back in February 2012 and the game currently has an impressive 1.4 million likes on Facebook.
The game allows users to create their very own version of the fictional town of Springfield, with plenty of room for customization using favorite characters, locations and buildings.
In the game’s first year, Tapped Out was only available on Apple devices and still managed to generate over $100m in revenue for EA, which, considering the game is essentially free to play, is an astounding amount of money. The game has been self-described by EA as ‘life-ruiningly fun’ and, if that’s not enough, the in-game currency is donuts. Where do I sign up?
Where Do We Go From Here?
Whilst mobile gaming is the flavor of the month, technology is constantly advancing and so it’s anyone’s guess as to what the future holds for the industry.
However, virtual reality seems to be of interest to the more hardcore gaming element and, with Google Play recently introducing a new VR section on their Play Store, there’s a real chance that it won’t be long until you can literally battle with your favorite TV characters by your side.
With a large number of high-quality VR mobile games already available, it only seems like a matter of time before popping on an Oculus headset becomes the norm for the casual gamer. And, when the technology is eventually successfully married with elements from everyone’s favorite TV series and movies, endless possibilities and hours of entertainment will no doubt ensue.