Videogames are constantly updated and present novelties every year. From arcades to consoles, it’s undeniable that video games have shaped generations, influencing the way we entertain.

As a result, we have seen a fusion of two powerful art forms, resulting in cinematic experiences that challenge the boundaries of what’s real and virtual, continuing to captivate audiences worldwide.

Below, we present some movies and miniseries about the world of games to watch:

Pixels (2015)

When aliens declare war on Earth, using games as templates for their various offensives, the US president and his friends decide to counterattack. The movie exhibits many classic games such as “Pac-Man”, “Donkey Kong”, and “Space Invaders”.

Free Guy (2021)

Starring Ryan Reynolds, a bank teller discovers that he is in fact a character in a video game and decides to become the hero of his own story. The movie contains various references and easter eggs related to the gaming world.

GDLK High Score (2020)

This Netflix documentary covers the history of video games, from the early days to the 3D era. Many iconic brands and games are highlighted, from Atari to Nintendo.

The Last of Us (2023)

Based on the namesake video game franchise, it’s set in a post-apocalyptic setting in the US, where humans are infected and turned into “zombies” by a mutation of the Cordyceps fungus. Despite humanity nearing extinction, some survivors either travel or remain under government-mandated quarantine.

In the story, Joel is hired to take Ellie, a young girl, out of the quarantine zone to find a rebel group. Along the way, young Ellie is possibly infected but doesn’t show the typical symptoms, giving hope to the characters as this immunity might be the key to curing the disease.

Uncharted  (2022)

This action and adventure film is based on the Uncharted video game series produced by Naughty Dog and published by Sony. It tells the story of Nathan, a bartender, and descendant of the famous explorer Francis Drake. Nate, played by Tom Holland, embarks on his first adventure with Victor Sullivan in search of the greatest treasure in El Dorado.

Given the above, it’s clear that technological evolution has allowed games to evolve from simple pixels and basic commands to richly detailed worlds, engaging stories, and complex characters. This progress has also reflected in cinema, where game adaptations and references began to require more than just sophisticated visual effects but needed to capture the essence and emotion of the original game.

As with other industries, the gaming world also raises concerns about Intellectual Property protection because game content is comprehensive and has diverse elements like trademark, source code, names, music, text, animation, etc. Therefore, in general terms, video games are protected by Copyright Law since it is an audiovisual work.

Furthermore, it’s possible to register software, requiring specific documents and a partial or summarized copy of the source code before BPTO (The Brazilian Patent and Trademark Office), the agency responsible for registration. Software protection lasts 50 years from January 1st of the year following its creation or publication.

Regarding the protection of a game’s name, the holder or company can register it as a trademark before the BPTO. On the other hand, other game elements are protected by Copyright Law, which encompasses the protection of artistic, literary, and scientific expressions.

The registration of these elements can be made at the National Library Foundation. Although not mandatory, this registration ensures the recognition of the work and its authorship, providing greater legal security over the work. Thus, it is advisable for all game elements to be duly protected.

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  • Brenda Ozaki

    Brenda integra o escritório desde 2020 e atua na área internacional, auxiliando na gestão de portfólio de marcas no exterior.

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