Lately I’ve been considering buying some sort of video game console in order to take fun breaks from Ph.D. music theory reading. I can be bad at taking breaks, but I only have classes on 3 days of the week this coming quarter so I’m not going to be able to just power through nonstop all day (not if I want to maintain my sanity, anyway).
As I’ve been browsing for video games online, I started thinking about how great it would be if they made games based on literature. Some stories would be great as a role playing or adventure game, or at least would provide a great world to explore in video game format. And hence, this post was born.
Behold! Literature that I think would make great video games:
1) The Great Gatsby
Your character could be inside the roaring 20s! You might explore Gatsby’s parties (potentially with a dancing component), visit Daisy, you name it. Maybe you could even play as Nick or Gatsby himself.
2) Les Misérables
The plot is already so intricate that there would be a lot of surprises and plenty to explore. From building barricades and fighting alongside Enjolras to navigating the streets while avoiding Javert, Les Mis would be a fascinating game.
This would be one of the more violent games (definitely rated M for Mature…). You could play as Macbeth and eliminate your enemies in order to protect your throne.
Definitely another M for Mature game. But it would be a really interesting world to explore where you would have to be so careful not to get caught by the Thought Police.
5) Ready Player One
Taking the inception gaming to a whole new level…’nough said.
Of course, one of the problems with using literature as a video game is that there are not always happy endings (i.e. sometimes main characters die). So what would happen if there was no “winning,” but rather “ending” the game with your character’s death? Maybe not so marketable after all.
Still, perhaps a player could explore these worlds without playing as a particular character or by interacting in a way that is not strictly canon.
What stories or worlds would you want to explore in a video game? (And do you have any video game recommendations for me?)