Monday, April 22, 2013

“A man might befriend a wolf, even break a wolf, but no man could truly tame a wolf.”

Today's post is about video games and stories.  I know what you're thinking.  This is not news.  This is nothing new.  Most, if not all, video games have a story.  Some of them are poorly constructed and some are interesting works of wonder.  

But something I have noticed recently is that video games are taking existing stories from graphic novels and adding to them with new chapters.  One of them this year was the episodic game for Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore's The Walking Dead.  

This game featured new characters but existed within the same universe that readers had been exposed to with Rick Grimes' survival story.  This is pretty awesome for many reasons, but the main one is that it now allows for readers to engage with another facet of The Walking Dead through another visual medium.  

It does not end here though, the same company (i.e. Telltale Games) that made the game above is working on a new project involving another well known graphic novel series.  Bill Willingham's Fables series will also be getting the video game treatment with The Wolf Among Us.

The Wolf Among Us will act as a prequel to Fables and will feature some familiar faces like Bigby Wolf, Snow White and Beauty and her Beast.  A lot of people might be a little wary of this news because of their relationship with the source material.  I have also seen concern that this game could turn out like all the games based off of movies, which are usually pretty terrible in terms of story and gameplay.

My advice? Let's be excited rather than concerned. The Walking Dead was both successful and really well reviewed in the gaming community. I feel Telltale Games know what they are doing and will do a great job on this Fables prequel.

This whole thing does spark a question that I have never asked myself.  Could digital games be the next step of adaptation for books?

Think about a Hunger Games prequel game that takes place during the time of the rebellion.  Where you get to create your own character and name them.  Where your character could fight and fall in love.  All of this leading up to the first ever Hunger Games.

Wouldn't that be totally awesome?

(title quote from George R.R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons)

1 comment:

  1. I need to start this series! It sounds so good, and the covers for it are so pretty. I think I'll probably wait until this is released them read them all at once. Great pick!