GameSpot Reports: Turning Books Into Games
Jessica McDonell investigates and speaks to American McGee and Cory Davis about the process of using literary influences to create video games.
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American McGee's Alice needs to be made into a movie. The story is far better than Tim Burton version.
A new "Dune" game would peak my interest. Also, I heard good things about the Metro 2032 adaptation of the source novel.
I'm not much of a reader, but when it comes to games the story is my priority.I'd like to see more games turned into books, such as Planescape: Torment, for example. This might draw more people to actually try out games, and see the more artistic side of the medium..
I'm thankful and impressed that Tom Clancy wasn't mentioned once! ....... Informative and entertaining as usual! Thanks very much @JessMcDonell
The wheel of time series is a great source for re-iteration in gaming, though a game based on Robert Jordan's great wheel of time was out before, would like to see a proper, good RPG come out base on it.
Personally I'd like to see the Barsoom novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs turned into an open-world RPG, with the green men as a playable race, and thoats as mounts. Such a wealth of material to draw on from the books.
any or all of the Dragonlance saga
the death gate cycle
all of them were really good books and would make awesome games
great report Jessica!
video games seem to be the new era of literature and storytelling. many people who were once heavy readers now play games more often than not.
I would really like "The Punisher" to return to PS3 , I know I know another shooter , well it seems like they go over big plus Frank Castle is a great character ! so many many books ? well well well oh well ....
I'm just glad that they're finally turning Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn series into a game!! Please, please, please be amazing!
Developers often take "influence" from literary works and then implement them into their own workings to create something "new" in their eyes, and the eyes of the gaming public. Shortly put, the majority of gaming would struggle without great works of literature.
Has anyone read Ice Station or Temple by Matthew Reily? They are practically blueprints on how to make a game.
I would love to see the making of robert ferringo's assassins series into a video game would be so tough. post apocalyptic america ruled by a newly formed muslim government. with scifi tech and metal gear type of espionage and conspiracy. It would be epic!
I would really love if they redid Rainbow Six that would follow the book more exactly. Though i guess i would love a movie of R6 that would do the same as well.
I always thought the Dark Tower series would have made a cool game, following Roland through and his troupe between different worlds in search of the tower.
Also "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" (aka Blade Runner) would make a cool game, but I suppose there are already tons of games that draw influence from this one - Prey 2, Deus Ex, and to an extent Mass Effect... there are probably many more.
@ogara0c9 Did you ever play the Dune RTS back in the day?
@magicmonkeymatt Why's that? I find Tom Clancy novels to be very well written, and full of details.
@skyklg sorry misread your post but it was buggy for me
@skyklg There is a wheel of time game but it was so buggy as to be unplayable as in it won't even start.
@MooncalfReviews What was Jade empire based on? I would love to read one of those books!
@MooncalfReviews i dont think jade empire was adapted from a classic novel.
@Cryptic_Shadow We play games more than we used to read and that is a little sad.
@tightwad34 if you don't want to know what game you play then yes.
@Duke_51 you are in luck! Westwood Studios / Virgin Games made one in 1997
@c0kemusheen Ha No not that they're bad! Just that I thought it would be an obvious and dull subject to talk about in a books to games discussion as there's so many and they're largely, massively popular! No offence intended towards the Clancy fans out there!
To quote from Gamespy (after a quick google search):"According to the game's producer, the entire team spent months reading classic Chinese novels like "Outlaws of the Marsh" and "Journey to the West", as well as ancient Buddhist and Taoist literature. In addition to these older books, they read many newer novels, including many large collections of Chinese folktales and myths."
Why? I'll for the pursuit of knowledge and culture, but why do we as a society automatically laud novels in favour of film and games?
I guess I am not that interested in where the game came from. I just want to play them, and hope they are good.
@gix47 And it was AWESOME.
@Duke_51 ^Blade Runner that is...but
there is this thing called Discordia that is based on the Dark tower series that is produced by StephenKing.com
@MooncalfReviews“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
I believe that quote is very true.Simply put you gain way more from books than you get from movies or games.A book will force you to use your imagination and will enrich your vocabulary.
If you're an avid reader for a long time and you stop you will notice that something is wrong with your brain after a while.
@gix47 Oh cool, I had no idea. Thanks for the info!