April 27, 2012, 11:38 AM — From Nicholas Carr [via Galleycat] comes this gem: development of a video game based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau and his Walden Pond experience. The game offers such action as walking through the woods, catching fish, and picking berries (at least from the following "trailer").
The game is being developed through a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts given to the University of Southern California. While this is an interesting way to try and hook younger gamers with literature, I still think they need to spice up the action a bit. Sure, there's berry picking and woods-walking in Skyrim, but at least you have occasional bandits and wolves and bears to fend off during your journey. Maybe the final Walden game can have Thoreau fighting off some Salem witches (I mean, "accused witches") or a Ralph Waldo Emerson boss battle.
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