Gaming, Why Are You Not Good Friends With Literature?
What shall I talk about on this fine Monday afternoon while either keeping you from work or invading your chilled vacation time?
Well, I went to watch Ender’s Game over the weekend and found it to be better than I expected. Not that I knew much about it parading into the cinema other than it will be science fiction in nature and based on a novel penned by Orson Scott Card. I enjoyed it immensely and as with pretty much everything in life – my mind wandered into gaming territory with this movie in mind.
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I’m not asking for an Ender’s Game video game (the title could get hilariously messy), but I do wish that the gaming industry would turn their heads in a literary direction for interesting ideas. Meanwhile Hollywood prances about giggling while carrying a massive stack of books simultaneously thinking about what novel might be the next one to be transformed into a film.
I do believe that films and video games should create their own stories, but given the right people, I see a few noteworthy and interesting games drawing inspiration from the literary world of written volumes. Not necessarily meaning that they copy and paste the stories, but rather use elements and the already established worlds for games.
I can see Clive Barker’s Abarat series being this strange and imaginative open-world game with different islands, housing both good and evil creatures.
Skulduggery Pleasant may make for a most ideal source for an action adventure game: magic, jawbones, vampires, necromancers and mysteries flying all over the place.
Fifty Shades of Grey will be, well, Fifty Shades of Grey.
What are your thoughts on gaming taking inspiration from novels and what story and/or elements would you like to see recreated in a game?