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The Hunger Games: Great book. Good movie. Dangerous video game?

Lionsgate is looking to make "The Hunger Games" into a video game. But considering the plot of Suzanne Collins' books, designers must balance the series' graphic fight scenes with its PG-13 audience. 

By Megan Riesz / April 4, 2012

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen, left, and Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorne in a scene from "The Hunger Games."

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The record-breaking success of “The Hunger Games,” which raked in $155 million in its opening weekend, means a mountain of merchandise must be close behind. And no major franchise is complete these days without a video game.
 
The Hunger Games Adventures for Facebook and Hunger Games: Girl on Fire for Apple devices have already amassed loyal followers, despite the exclusion of a full-fledged arena in both games. The Hunger Games Adventures has 200,000 monthly users, according to Facebook. But Lionsgate, which owns the rights to “The Hunger Games” film series, wants to bring the high-budget and high-definition excitement of the movie to a console game.
 
While the Facebook and Apple games have been simple and successful, a console version could be dramatically more detailed – and profitable. But how graphic should a “Games” game be?

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