Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, The Video Game

Interested in news about literature as video games? Of course you are.

From GalleyCat: “Henry David Thoreau Video Game Gets $40,000 NEA Grant” (MarkGage.com, I thought you’d be keen on this one): “The University of Southern California has received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a video game based on the work of Henry David Thoreau.”

It’s definitely going to be a different type of literary video game, than say, Dante’s Inferno. The official USC project description:

I’m not going to lie: it sounds kind of boring, as far as video games go. But I’m still intrigued in how one would go about translating a book like Walden, into video game form. I wonder what percentage of Walden game players will play the game without reading the book first?

“Walden, a game posits a new genre of play, in which reflection and insight play an important role in the player experience. While traveling the virtual world of Walden, the player applies themselves to both daily task of maintaining the basic aspects of life at Walden Pond, as well as having the opportunity to focus on the deeper meaning behind events that transpire in the world. By attending to these events, the player is able to gain insight into the natural world, and into connections that permeate the experience of life at Walden.”


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