R Bryant FranciscloseAuthor: R Bryant Francis
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The always witty webcomic Dresden Codak recently had a joke about a power generator generated by the energy created by spinning bodies of dead authors. Preposterous, you might say! Surely nothing could cause a dead body to spin about in such a fashion.
Well might want to think again Sparky. UK transmedia production company Tern Digital is already in the process of adapting “The Thirty-Nine Steps,” by John Buchan, and is in talks with Sony to develop Wuthering Heights, Great Expectations, 1984, Treasure Island, and Jekyll and Hyde—all for various platforms. Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson might be kinda “eh,” on the subject, but it’s a goddamn fact that George Orwell would be furious at this news.
While the Thirty-Nine steps actually sounds like it could have a cool game premise—a story of spy Richard Hannay battling to prevent a German Invasion—but how do you adapt some of these other books? Great Expectations is about…a young kid who helps out a convict…has kind of a terrible life as per usual 19th century poor people…eventually makes his way into high society..and finds out he’s been helped all along by that convict from way back in act one. Don’t get me wrong, fantastic literature, but I don’t see how you can get an achievement for drawing a capital T on a slate.
But, since Dante’s Inferno turned out to be a not-half-bad game, we could see something cool come out of this. What are your favorite examples of classic literature, and what kind of game could you see made out of them?
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R. Bryant Francis is a former contributing writer to the Jace Hall Show who specializes in gaming, pop culture, and all-around geekiness. Outside of the show, Bryant pursues a career in Hollywood as a producer and filmmaker.
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