Monday, April 30, 2012

Walden This!


You know all of that talk about how there will never be a Citizen Kane of video games. Well apparently there will be a Walden, a real Walden, of games.
Henry David Thoreau’s Walden will be turned into an interactive game. Speared by a group from USC and recently being granted a $40 grand bump from the National Endowment of the Arts, they’re being dead serious about this.

The game is meant to be a primer, a helping hand for the book not a substitute for the book itself. Think of it as an introduction to Walden, because there’s only so much a person can enjoy playing a game about being a 19th century philosopher, in the woods, by yourself, where nothing happens except philosophizing. Yep. That’s Walden for you.

There is no set release date. No price. It may be a free product for schools. It’s a project…I’m not sure how much more there is to it. I’m not expecting gamers or students to line up to play a game based on the description of the forest in Walden. I think it’s an attempt by the academic community to try and get kids interested in reading some of the esteemed novels of Western literature though a medium the majority are familiar with; video games. Their heart is in the right place, but the concept is lacking. I don’t know how walking around in a forest, doing nothing, will convince me to read Walden.

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