03 May '12, 4pm

Video game based on Thoreau’s ‘Walden’ promises to be extremely ironic

Thoreau went to the woods because he wished to live deliberately and suck all the marrow out of life. But if you don’t want to go outside to do that, don’t worry: The Walden experience now comes in video game form ! The digital Walden Pond will showcase a first-person point-of-view where you can wander through the lush New England foliage, stop to examine a bush and pick some fruit, cast a fishing rod, return to a spartan cabin modeled after Thoreau’s and just roam around the woods, grappling with life’s unknowable questions. Oh yes, this is going to be the next Mass Effect for sure. As Erik Hayden at Time says , “A video game about a 19th-century philosopher living in a shack, where there’s only one character and nothing happens? Sign us up!” Lead game designer (and interactive media professor) Tracy Fullerton says the game is a primer for a Walden -type transcendentalist...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/video-game-based-on-thoreaus-walden...

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