VG247’s The Finest Video games Ever Podcast – Ep.24: One of the best recreation based mostly on a e-book that no person who performed it has learn
I performed the Discworld online game, remarkably, earlier than I would learn a single Terry Pratchett e-book. I do not know if that speaks extra to the cultural cache of video video games, or to my very own literary ignorance rising up, however attending to the age of 11 in the UK of the late twentieth century with out having learn a Terry Pratchett e-book is kind of an astonishing un-achievement. One which I shortly remedied, after all.
This was a long time in the past (I’m previous), and also you’d suppose that, if something, the acceptance of video video games as a sound type of creative expression would have progressed considerably since then. I am unsure it has, though mercifully we do appear to have seen the again of the dreaded “are video games artwork?” debate, if solely as a result of everybody who ever acquired concerned in it both died or acquired so bored of the topic that they fortunately conceded that it did not matter both approach. Who cares, simply shoot the demons dumbass (or, certainly, the demon’s dumb ass).
However I am unable to assist however suppose that Pratchett, by all accounts a deeply considerate, form hearted, and forward-thinking man, would have had a extra progressive perspective towards my moving into his work by way of a PS1 recreation starring Eric Idle relatively than, say, by being made to learn Solely You Can Save Mankind as a part of a syllabus. Extra progressive than, say, Andrzej Sapkowski’s, who’s on file about his view that gaming is an unserious type of leisure that has trivialised his work.
Terry liked video games. He adored The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, and on the time once I was taking part in the purpose and click on journey based mostly on his Rincewind novels, he was having fun with Tomb Raider on the PS1, and within the course of serving to to forge his daughter Rhianna’s deep love of the medium. She would, after all, go on to change into a titan of this trade, whose intensive CV contains modernising Lara’s character and origins for the acclaimed 2013 reboot, and writing a particularly uncommon instance of genuinely humorous online game fantasy within the type of the Overlord collection.
Books and video games are at all times doing this little dance, it appears. They pilfer one another for characters, settings, themes, and ideas. Their respective industries feed one another with expertise. And, most significantly of all, their intertwined relationship impressed the subject for this very podcast, which is:
One of the best recreation based mostly on a e-book that no person who performed it has truly learn.
Please do tell us what you consider the present – and if that is your first time listening, do return to listen to the previous episodes. For those who’ve acquired recommendations for subjects, we’d love to listen to them, as a result of Tom acquired a proper nark on about having to Google “books” this week and I do not desire a repeat of this tantrum each time I recommend a subject that the panel has to truly analysis.
“What’s VG247’s Finest Video games Ever Podcast?” you ask? Effectively, it’s basically a 30-minute panel present the place folks (Jim Trinca and associates) resolve on the perfect recreation in a particular class. That is it. It is good. Hearken to it.
We’ve acquired some particulars on the present’s content material under, and we even have a fan-created artist’s impression of what Chris Bratt would appear to be if he was having a pleasant soak in a wood bathtub. (Help pals of VG247, Folks Make Video games, on Patreon).
One of the best recreation based mostly on a e-book that no person who performed it has truly learn
That’s the matter of Episode 24 of this podcast. Right here’s a rundown of who picked what.
Tom – Jurassic Park on the Mega CD
By his personal admission, a reasonably garbage recreation for a reasonably garbage platform. No less than you tried, Tom!
Alex – Parasite Eve
A Sq. Enix recreation based mostly on an obscure e-book, extremely acclaimed to this present day, and full with a convoluted origin story which options, amongst different issues, additional proof of Sq.’s love/hate relationship with the west. Traditional Donaldson play, this. If Massive the Cat was in it we may name it essentially the most Donaldson recreation of all time (he loves Massive the Cat).
Kelsey – The Binding of Isaac
One other good leftfield alternative from Kelsey let down solely barely by the truth that the e-book in query is the bible and due to this fact is not significantly obscure (though, having stated that, I do not know anybody who has learn it, in order that’s nitpicking at greatest).
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