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  1. Matt at |

    I forgot all about Alice…

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  2. The Rizzle at |

    I…I just cant even read this, I couldn’t get passed the first paragraph. How can someone who knows nothing right about something? You don’t get kill streaks in halo…

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    1. a n o n at |

      it’s write not right. Also you get kill streaks when you play mutli player. So in short you fail.

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  3. overneathe at |

    “games have yet to reach literature’s level of sophistication in storytelling”

    Really now? So you’ve pretty much played just Halo so far?

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  4. Geoff at |

    Betrayal at Krondor belongs there somewhere.

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  5. Anon at |

    There’re enough games who have great storylines, sometimes better than those of books, apparently the author doesn’t know this, I suggest that he rewrites the first paragraph completely.

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    1. anonanonanon at |

      I’m a huge gamer but I’m also a literature major. You don’t read much do you? I agree plenty of games have amazing storylines but the best storyline from a game will never ever beat the best story from a book. Sorry.

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      1. axe at |

        I read plenty of novels, and so far, my favourite and most intricate stories have been from videogames. Suikoden 2, Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, Xenosaga. I have yet to read any books that can match those in storytelling.

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  6. Super at |

    So the list includes Enslaved: but not one Tom Clancy game?

    Hmm, ok.

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  7. joe at |

    Call of cthulhu could get a spot here, and i love metro 2033 great game

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  8. hesatool at |

    What about “Shadows of the Empire” for the Nintendo 64? I can’t testify to the quality of the book, but the game was pretty darn awesome for a Star Wars game, which at the time weren’t anything to write home about.

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  9. dagny t at |

    Um, how about ‘Neuromancer’? I know it’s over 20 years old, but it still deserves a mention.

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  10. Clair at |

    Wow, I haven’t heard of any of these movies. I’m not a big gamer though so that’s probably why. But I think I’ve heard of Dune. Or maybe I’ve just heard of the game. haha

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  11. Shinigami at |

    There should be a “top 10 books based off of video games” cause there are some very good books based off of games. The Halo books are my favorites but there are plenty of other good ones too.

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  12. Anon at |

    what about suikoden that is based on a book

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  13. Drs. Joris Steenbakkers at |

    I did research on bookbased games, and the Dracula: Origin adventure game should be in it, based on Brams Stoker’s Dracula novel. Also, there’s a version of the Dune game that’s more story-based on the book, not only the world of the book where the gameplay is adapted in quite different contexts with quite different goals (survive by killing enemies).

    All in all, I think the article is good. It doesn’t mean that this is the 1 and only great top of gamebased books one could come up with. The online version (MMORPG) of Tolkien Lord of the Rings should certainly be in it, because one can play with any character from this book series, good or bad characters, in an open online world which is very large. There’s a lot of story in World of Warcraft too, and it’s still developing, neverending, only it’s not based on a book. Still it’s not worse than most fantasy books.

    Only to make a good game of a true literary classic is difficult, one can’t translate the novels into gameplay without focusing on a lot of action: games have to be action-packed, otherwise players are not interested in playing the game. Sometimes stories are put away in boring background information, but best thing is when it’s connected within gameplay, just not too much, so that speedy gameplay is kept. Good example is Dante’s Inferno, where one can play as Dante in the world of his Inferno book. There’s still a connection with the novel and experiencing the circles of Hell, without getting too bored by overly putting storylines in this game. Still it’s possible to read Dante’s Inferno in the game, as it is put on dvd that comes with the game. Story is not so connected with gameplay as it could be, but still I believe it can make gamers turn to reading this great book (yes I’ve read it myself) as it captures the atmosphere and they get to know Dante by playing with the Dante character (instead of Vergilius) in the fiery realms of Hell. When used at school, one could easily connect the novel with the game, and discuss about medieval concepts of heaven and hell, life and death. Also the Alice game can coin questions of what is real and fantasy. Doesn’t the sister of Alice in the novel says at the start, that she can’t understand anyone reading a book without pictures? Well, games are the next step: they have pictures but are interactive stories as you can to a certain extent change the outcome of the game/story, and in The Witcher e.g. even make moral decisions that can change the course of events drastically. A book can’t and shouldn’t be literally turned into games, because they are different media, with just some alike features.
    That’s why the combination of both media could open up new insights.

    Interesting, to say the least, and the final word hasn’t been written about this, as game developers shall look for stories that are good, games are becoming more complex, and they will turn to good books/literature for inspiration. Also from the side of literature promotors, games surely are something to keep your eyes on… There’s not so much difference as one may think between the two media types. Both are conveyers of content.

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  14. FMH at |

    Roadside Picnic was heavily censored? I don’t believe that. Most of the Strugazky books were somewhat ceonsored, but at worst they had to leave a chapter out (Monday begins on Saturday), change some names (Prisoner of Power) or the background of a character form a gulag to a concentration camp prisoner (Escape Attempt).
    The Strugazkys knew how to avoid censorship and I dare to say that Roadside Picnic almost had to suffer none. The main reason being that it takes place in Canada, a capitalisic society, so nothing they describe could be offensice to the Soviet state.

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