You can now watch Gamer (and many other movies) to your heart's content on Steam

April 25, 2016 by Kris Ligman

There are also some minor titles like The Hunger Games and Kill Bill in the catalog, but why watch those when you can watch Leonidas versus Dexter in an X-Files episode gone wrong?

Brace yourselves: the very best movie to ever involve Gerard Butler relieving himself in a gas tank is now on Steam.

You may think I'm being tongue-in-cheek here, but no, Gamer is a hugely underrated movie. It explores the relationship between players and our avatars in a way few game-based films do, and it has Michael C. Hall doing a Frank Sinatra number. A lady I went to grad school with once referred to it as "the smartest bad movie or the worst smart movie ever made."

Gamer is one of 70 movies Lionsgate is now selling through Steam, Valve's gigantic PC game distribution platform. While Steam has previously listed a limited number of films like the documentary Indie Game: The Movie, this marks a major new addition to the service's cinematic offerings. Other movies on the list include:

  • The Hunger Games (and its sequels)
  • Kill Bill vol 1 and 2
  • The Cabin in the Woods
  • The entire Saw series
  • Hostel
  • The Leprechaun series
  • The Expendables 1 and 2
  • Escape from New York
  • Pi
  • Dredd
  • Apocalypse Now: Redux

In other words, it has a really weird, fascinating mix of blockbusters, cult favorites, beloved trash you sometimes put on when you're bored on a Saturday night, and even some critically-acclaimed classics (by which I mean Leprechaun 2, of course). The films are one-time purchases and are notably not eligible for Steam's refund program, so if you already subscribe to some other online video services it might not be as sweet a deal... but if you just want to spend a few bucks to watch Gerard Butler give the performance of his life, I can recommend no better.

(h/t The Verge.)

Kris Ligman is the News Editor for ZAM. What are you still doing here? Go and watch Gamer, and then perhaps that cringeworthy X-Files episode written by William "Neuromancer" Gibson. Then tweet at Kris for ruining your afternoon on Twitter @KrisLigman.