Henry David Thoreau: Coming Soon to a Game Store Near You!

Yep. This guy.
Alright, folks. We all know there's been games inspired by literature ranging from murder mysteries like Agatha Cristie: Murder on the Orient Express, to post-apocalyptic science fiction like I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, to completely twisted children stories like American McGee's Alice in Wonderland, but I think it's rather safe to say that there are no book based games on of the philosophical, autobiographic nature.

So guess what? Tracy Fullerton is filling this void with Walden: The Game, based on Henry David Thoreau's book Walden, a story documenting the portion of his life where he attempts to isolate himself from society in order to become more objective about it. That's a hard core philosopher for you. It's a concept I have a hard time seeing as anything beyond an interactive story, but perhaps there's just something I'm not seeing here.

In any case, I'm getting a copy of the book from my library to get the details down so I know what horrific things get altered when it's released. I suggest all other not-so-well-read cynics do the same.

On a side note, what is up with this guy's beard? Did he super-glue a bunch of used Brillo pads to his chin and call it a day? I think so.

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Posted by JackiJinx
Yep. This guy.
Alright, folks. We all know there's been games inspired by literature ranging from murder mysteries like Agatha Cristie: Murder on the Orient Express, to post-apocalyptic science fiction like I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream, to completely twisted children stories like American McGee's Alice in Wonderland, but I think it's rather safe to say that there are no book based games on of the philosophical, autobiographic nature.

So guess what? Tracy Fullerton is filling this void with Walden: The Game, based on Henry David Thoreau's book Walden, a story documenting the portion of his life where he attempts to isolate himself from society in order to become more objective about it. That's a hard core philosopher for you. It's a concept I have a hard time seeing as anything beyond an interactive story, but perhaps there's just something I'm not seeing here.

In any case, I'm getting a copy of the book from my library to get the details down so I know what horrific things get altered when it's released. I suggest all other not-so-well-read cynics do the same.

On a side note, what is up with this guy's beard? Did he super-glue a bunch of used Brillo pads to his chin and call it a day? I think so.

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Posted by KaosAngel

KaosAngel: i read walden back in hs it was good
KaosAngel: im reading dark tower atm

Posted by Feanor

I do not understand what they are trying to achieve with this game.  So are you just going to spend time alone in the woods? Trying to gather food and keep yourself alive? If thats the angle they should make a game based of off Survivorman.

I've read a few excerpts from Walden in an English class I took.  It's a very interesting book, but I never once thought that it would make a good game.

Posted by Teptom

Transcendentalism: The Game?


I read Walden last year. I never would believe I would see it as a game. I don't even know how it could be something besides a adventure game.

His beard got better with age btw.
Posted by Dr_Feelgood38

I read Walden, I can't imagine this becoming a game unless it's done in a Dear-Esther-like style.

You have intrigued me, I'll keep an eye on it.

Posted by ArbitraryWater

So is the game a "not pay your taxes in protest of the Mexican war and then get thrown into jail" simulator?

Posted by Claude

In my dreams, they will become... my dreams.

Posted by ahoodedfigure

Not having a moustache means he might have been making a statement about pacifism, but it could have just been a style thing :)

Not sure how you could make a game of that since it's pretty much one guy's journey through thought, but I'm intrigued by the ambition nonetheless (assuming it's not going to be one of those lame satires where he fights zombies). 

Then again, that's not so bad either sometimes.

Edited by TheKidNixon

At the end of the game, do you decide that governments are unfortunate but necessary constructs for the moment, and refuse to pay your taxes?

Actually, a game as Thoreau where your constantly running away from the IRS (or whatever the 19th century equivalent was) sounds greats.

Posted by GamerGeek360

First off, this game is gonna suck. Secondly, he looks like he was going for the Abraham Lincoln-look and failed miserably.

Posted by Disgaeamad

The only way I could see this working is if they made it in the style of a visual novel. Either way, I'm interested in how it turns out.