Daily Archives: November 1, 2009

A Whole Lot of Apes

Our television has spent a surprising amount of time tuned to the Fox Movie Channel this weekend.  Fox decided to run a special Halloween weekend event dedicated to The Planet of the Apes called Channel of the Apes.

The Plant of the Apes movies and TV shows were very popular when we were kids, and my wife and I both have fond, if fragmented, memories of them.

The first movie is still fun today, an over the top Charlton Heston romp, completely and inexorably mired in the time (1968) it was made. (Heston tells a teenage ape to “Never trust anybody over 30!”)

The other movies, and the 2001 remake are considerably less watchable, though there are bright spots.

But the TV series is just painful to watch today.  Roddy McDowell, the pillar of the show, couldn’t carry a series where at times they didn’t bother to re-dub voice work so the lines of second string characters were quite obviously being spoken through heavy latex masks.

I even pulled out The Simpsons Season Seven DVDs to watch A Fish Called Selma which includes Troy McClure starring in a musical version of The Planet of the Apes.

Amidst all of this Planet of the Apes revelry I started to wonder about Planet of the Apes as an MMORPG setting.

As far as I can tell, the only run at a Planet of the Apes video games came as low rated, made for the movie remake, cash grab by UbiSoft back in 2001.

Yet as an environment for an MMORPG, the Planet of the Apes does have some things going for it.

You have two factions more or less at war, the remains of a fallen civilization, a sparse population, and religious zealotry on both sides of the conflict.

You have the requisite space and lawlessness to make the Forbidden Zone a suitable MMORPG environment.

Just as long as it doesn’t devolve into “Kill Ten Apes.”

What do you think of the Planet of the Apes?