Star Trek director J.J. Abrams 'emotionally hurt' by Star Trek: The Video Game

Director J.J. Abrams revealed he was "emotionally hurt" by the quality of Star Trek: The Video Game, believing his film Star Trek Into Darkness suffered because of it, GamerHubVideos reports.

Abrams and his team dropped their involvement with the video game spin-off once the direction of the game became clear, he said during a launch party for the film's DVD.

"The last game, which was obviously a big disappointment to me, was something that we were actually involved in from the very beginning and then we sort of realized it was not going in a place where we were going to get what we wanted, so we dropped out and they continued to do it despite... y'know." he said.

"To me the video game could have been something that actually really benefited the series and was an exciting, fun game with great gameplay and instead it was not and was something that I think, for me emotionally it hurt, ‘cos we were working our asses off making the movie and then this game came out and it got, this isn't even my opinion, it got universally panned and I think that it was something without question that didn't help the movie and arguably hurt it."

Despite the disappointment, Abrams added that it isn't surprising for games based on films to be low in quality.

"I think that, the thing that we all know is that anyone who loves video games and loves movies," he said. "Very, very rarely does a movie based on a game, or a game based on a movie, really work. It usually ends up being something that everyone that goes to play feels like this was a marketing decision made by a room full of people that wanted to capitalize on a title. That's no way to make a game and no way to make a movie.

"The dream is, and we're working with Valve right now on a couple projects, is to say despite its existence, despite it pre-existing as a game, despite it existing as a movie, what makes this great? And starting from scratch, from a place of 'let's make this from the ground up great regardless of what's come before.' And that to me whether it's a video game or a book or a movie or a song, anything that is based on something else needs to exist on its own terms. And a lot of times these seem to exist as ancillary products in which case it will suck."

Star Trek: The Video Game received a 3 out of 10 from Polygon in a review that said: "Is there a worse fit for the world of Star Trek, that subversively powerful force of social equality and acceptance, than a brainless, cover-based third-person shooter? I submit that there is not."

Abrams is currently working with Valve to bring to life films based on the Portal and Half-Life universes. Polygon spoke with Abrams earlier in the year about the project in which he said of the project's plans: "It's as real as anything in Hollywood ever gets. Which is that we are really talking to Valve, we are going to be bringing on a writer, we have a lot of very interesting ideas."


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