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January 26, 2015 Retro Gaming Blog Post:

Will the momentum behind an X-Files reboot produce a video game too?

I loved watching the X-Files week-to-week on Fox. It was an amazing show that always left me wanting more. When it began to appear nightly in syndication, I was elated. There seemed to be enough episodes to continue on for a lifetime. Alas, all good things must come to an end - even when the Lone Gunmen lingered for a season or two.
X-Files Mulder & Scully
With it's nine seasons on DVD and the occasional movie, I succumbed to the reality that, this was the end of the X Files.

At a cast reunion during the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, the idea of a TV reboot was suggested. Apparently Gillian Anderson was all over it and it seems as though she and David Duchovny both want to return to chasing aliens. Several sources have posted stories confirming a strong possibility of a TV reboot.

Unlike many TV shows, The X files was very short on video game tie-ins. There were 2 PC games, one was aslo released on the PlayStation, and a PS2 title that was a sequel to the PS1 game. For such an epic show with a huge following, the video game component was pretty dormant.

Each of these games got a moderately good reception for the most part. Some were hailed for their attention to detail of the X-Files mythology while others had typical issues when trying to replicate the dynamic from TV to game console. It's a shame that there were no Nintendo efforts for the X-Files.

The X-Files Game for PC The X-Files Game for PS1 The X-Files Game for PS2 Resist or Serve The X-Files Unrestricted Access for PC

One can only hope that a reboot of the show would cause a marketing blitz with all sorts of tie-in items from video games to toys. I can easily envision marketers clamoring to get their X-Files product on retail shelves. Audiences are so fickle that companies often rush to market to capitalize on the public's interest that may soon wane.

Fake mock up of an X-Files game for the Atari 2600 I'm confident that there's a homebrew developer out there who's dying for a reason to create an X-Files game for the Atari 2600. A reboot of the TV show with both Duchovny and Anderson should be reason enough to get a wonderfully pixelated game that lets us search for the truth.

Games have been designed around far less stellar circumstances. Who knows maybe it would spread and we'll be treated to homebrews for the Colecovision and Intellivision.

It's such an iconic IP, that it could be spun into an amazing blitz of products. I'm down for a Dana Scully lunchbox... if anyone in that arena is testing for viable marketing conditions. What I'd really love to see is a video game that pays tribute to the original show and carries forward with the rebooted story line.

Of course I'm getting ahead of myself... I guess we should wait to see if a reboot actually comes to fruition. Here's hoping!!
Mulder & Scully get married in Tomodachi life I feel I've done my part by getting Mulder and Scully to get married in Tomodachi Life!

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