Inspired by EA's ambitious effort to turn Dante's Inferno into an "epic action game," raezr – the outrageous smartypants responsible for the original version of our love letter to GameDaiy's Chris Buffa – has kickstarted an hilarious forum thread dedicated to remastering classic literature into videogame form. Choice cuts include:
Shakespeare's Hamlet adapted into a survival horror puzzle game. Something is indeed rotten in Denmark, the ghost of Hamlet's father has returned from the afterlife with a terrifying vengeance. Find all the skulls that can finally put the specter to rest forever. This summer will you be, or not be? It's Resident Evil meets House of the Dead, IN DENMARK.
Blake's The Tyger adapted into a fighting game. Do you have what it takes to beat the flaming feline in hand to hand combat? Execute combos with poetic accuracy and conquer the forest of the night. It's Street Fighter meets Bloody Roar, IN THE FOREST.
Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 adapted into a first person shooter. Read and play along with the story of Montag as he roots out the evils of literature and unlocks 48 amazing weapons and abilities for setting fire to books and people. Revel in the incredible writing delivered as 10 chapters of embellished text set against the backdrop of a painterly dystopia. But watch out for the twist ending where Montag discovers that it is not books that are evil, but the people who burn them – and you for playing a game about burning books. If only you could go back and warn yourself what you were getting into. It's Bioshock meets Braid, IN A DREAM OF WHAT MIGHT BE IF WE ACHIEVED WHAT WE SHOULD NOT DREAM!
If enough people get involved, I reckon we could eventually turn this thread into a proper feature. So, keeping that in mind, how about you head on over to the thread in question and post something? You're smart, right? You've read books? Well, there you go! Hell, you don't even have to write anything – you just can just draw pictures if you want. Or make a movie! Man, a movie would be so awesome. Someone should make us a movie. Doesn't have to be about videogame versions of classic literature necessarily. I just want to watch a movie.
THIS IS NOT AN INVITATION TO SEND ME PORN.
ON A RELATED NOTE: The press release for Dante's Inferno starts with the famous quote, "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate" – or, "Abandon all hope, ye who enter here." Sounds about right to me.