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Kitty Pryde
05-18-2009, 09:54 PM
Dante's Divine Comedy: the video game. So this is a real thing (http://consumerist.com/5258833/nazis-and-robots-are-passe--the-new-go+to-video-game-enemies-are-babies). Sadly. From the blog post:


If you took some college lit you're probably familiar with the Divine Comedy, or at least its Cliff's Notes. So you'll remember well that the author/narrator Dante was a musclebound rageaholic who slaughtered demons with his trusty, powered-up scythe, and it's only natural that the upcoming Electronic Arts video game — set for release in 2010 — would tell it like it was.

...when Dante is traipsing through the limbo level, he fights unbaptized infants who were relegated into darkness when they died...


...One of the freakiest parts of the demo came when babies with glowing eyes and blade arms jumped out of a hell crib and started attacking. Dante's guide, Virgil, explains that these unbaptized babies are stuck in limbo...


What literary classic would you most like to see turned into a violent videogame? Give me you best quick pitch for it too!

Here's mine: Jurgis is fed up with the meat-packing plants of Chicago mistreating him and the other employees. Armed only with his trusty machete, he must navigate the treacherous underworld of the windy city, cutting down capitalist swine and spreading the fierce fist of socialism. Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, coming soon to the PS3.

Cybernaught
05-18-2009, 10:07 PM
Leopold Bloom is pissed. His wife is cheating on him, an Anti-Semite just pelted him with bricks, and everyone in Dublin mocks him. Now when his only friend, Stephen Dedalus, is kidnapped in Nighttown, it's up to Bloom to infiltrate the brothels of Dublin and dispense a little Jewish justice on the mutant whores who are holding Stephen hostage. Of course, for Bloom, there's always time for a little masturbation in between. Ulysses: Mutant Whore Slayer, coming soon to X-Box: 360.

JoNightshade
05-18-2009, 11:25 PM
Just gotta say... Divine Comedy as a video game?! Frickin' awesome. It's great source material - SO visual.

Anyway, I could see Cyrano de Bergerac as a great violent video game as-is (just expand a few off-stage scenes...)

I could also see Hester Prynne as a masked vigilante, branding hypocritical townsfolk with her signature "A."

Cybernaught
05-19-2009, 12:39 AM
Just gotta say... Divine Comedy as a video game?! Frickin' awesome. It's great source material - SO visual.

I don't know if I remember Dante meeting blade-armed babies in Limbo, though. I must've been absent from class the day we covered it.

JoNightshade
05-19-2009, 12:50 AM
I don't know if I remember Dante meeting blade-armed babies in Limbo, though. I must've been absent from class the day we covered it.

True, yeah... not sure about the Limbo part. But the circles of hell? That book scared the crap out of me.

Jcomp
05-19-2009, 01:04 AM
Just gotta say... Divine Comedy as a video game?! Frickin' awesome. It's great source material - SO visual.


Word...

Though I am kinda disappointed that EA is already planning to recycle the "monster infants attack!" idea from Dead Space. ˇhíjole!

Cranky
05-19-2009, 01:10 AM
WTF? Killer dead babies? That's just...icky.

Sorry I don't have my own violent literary classic to offer (though I'm sure Robinson Caruso or perhaps something based on the Trojan War -with demons and such, natch- would be interesting).

robeiae
05-19-2009, 01:12 AM
A violent video-game version of Ethan Frome.

That would be so coool...

BenPanced
05-19-2009, 01:14 AM
Can anybody help? I'd like to come up with a violent video game version of the comics Henry or Nancy. (Kids! Ask your grandparents!)

mikeland
05-19-2009, 01:26 AM
He started as a pickpocket on the streets working for a gangsta called Fagin. But he knew he was meant to be the boss. You better watch out when the poor little orphan boy comes calling. Please may I have some more, beeyotch! Grand Theft Auto: Oliver's Twisted. Rated E for Everyone.

JoeEkaitis
05-19-2009, 05:50 AM
Drown your enemies?
Run 'em over with a stolen car?
Bury 'em alive?
Or tear 'em limb from limb
and eat 'em for dinner?

W I T W / X
WIND IN THE WILLOWS
X T R E M E

BenPanced
05-19-2009, 09:07 AM
They all went after the farmer's wife.
So now, it's her turn.
SHE CUT OFF THEIR TAILS WITH A CARVING KNIFE.


THREE. BLIND. MICE.

Rated "E" for Everyone!

See how they run! See how they run!

Matera the Mad
05-19-2009, 11:16 AM
Slashing their way across the blood-spattered field of French history, The Three Musketeers...oy

Wayne K
05-19-2009, 03:05 PM
Napoleon Bonapart wages battle by day and preys uopn the people of a small town with a meat axe at night in: War and Pieces: Rated PG13.

jessicaorr
05-19-2009, 09:30 PM
I want a video game version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Ultraviolent/dp/1594743347/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242754212&sr=8-1).

Kathleen42
05-19-2009, 09:33 PM
American MgGee already made Alice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee%27s_Alice) so I'm content :)

shakeysix
05-19-2009, 09:38 PM
thomas hardy --THE GAME! let's see how many times we can hang tess. or little jude--s6

Calla Lily
05-19-2009, 09:47 PM
The Scarlet Pimpernel. Chauvelin is a demon, of course. And so is Sir Percy! He doesn't stop at rescuing aristocrats--he turns them into demonic warriors as Chauvelin creates a sans-culotte zombie army led by Madame Defarge. The goal: battle around the guillotine. Severed heads SPLAT! Knitting needles impale! And if Chauvelin reaches the guillotine, he'll activate a powerful spell that brings it to life. Beware the maniacally laughing National Razor!

Mela
05-20-2009, 12:34 AM
A violent video-game version of Ethan Frome.

That would be so coool...


Any Edith Wharton might do.

BenPanced
05-20-2009, 12:43 AM
Before them...a bright new future of domination.

Behind them...a wide swath of pestilence and famine cut across a poor, defenseless country.

Men fear them.

Women desire them.

Together they are...THE JOADS.

Together they have sown...THE GRAPES OF WRATH.

jodiodi
05-20-2009, 04:59 AM
American MgGee already made Alice (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_McGee%27s_Alice) so I'm content :)
I played that game when it first came out on my computer. Loved it. My husband, of course, thought it was too creepy.

JoeEkaitis
05-20-2009, 05:10 PM
Fiery rampaging destruction.
Not bad for a guy who writes poetry.

RELUCTANT DRAGON
Reluctant No More

jodiodi
05-20-2009, 07:57 PM
I want a video game version of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (http://www.amazon.com/Pride-Prejudice-Zombies-Classic-Ultraviolent/dp/1594743347/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1242754212&sr=8-1).

I was going to say that! You stole my idea. WAAAAAAH

anne_marie
05-20-2009, 10:27 PM
The Bible - Beat the Devil Back to Hell :D

I can see it now. You can play as Jesus or one of his disciples (each with their own set of skills, weapons and attacks) battling through hordes of demons, performing exorcisms, killing unbelievers :P until you get to the end where the final showdown is with Beeelzebub himself.

I am actually no one has come up with this already - unless they have and it just didn't take off :P

shakeysix
05-20-2009, 11:54 PM
the old man and the sea--- kind of like oregon trail only more boring

JoNightshade
05-21-2009, 12:21 AM
the old man and the sea--- kind of like oregon trail only more boring

Oh, oh, The Sea Wolf!!! And Moby Dick!

shakeysix
05-21-2009, 12:38 AM
moby dick with assault weapons! ahab has a bazooka and the pequod is nuclear powered but moby dick is from the nether world!

jodiodi
05-21-2009, 02:20 AM
The Bible - Beat the Devil Back to Hell :D

I can see it now. You can play as Jesus or one of his disciples (each with their own set of skills, weapons and attacks) battling through hordes of demons, performing exorcisms, killing unbelievers :P until you get to the end where the final showdown is with Beeelzebub himself.

I am actually no one has come up with this already - unless they have and it just didn't take off :P

South Park has their version of The Superfriends: Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Krishna (I believe), and Joseph Smith. They all have superpowers.

maxmordon
05-21-2009, 03:18 AM
Today his mother died, or perhaps yesterday, but he did not cry on the funeral. Who killed her? Could be the Arabs? A man alone with a borrowed gun and nothing to loose, he's not from this place, he's an outsider he's....


ALBERT CAMUS' THE STRANGER
rated E for Existentialism.

Bmwhtly
05-21-2009, 11:29 AM
You are a poor scullery-maid by day. But by night you're a dancer, a lover, a heartbreaker.

In search of your true love, you must ride your mutated mighty steed through this sumptuously detailed medieval landscape slaying rival suitors while trying to escape the three harpys.


This Summer, you are:
Cinderella

anne_marie
09-19-2009, 12:43 AM
South Park has their version of The Superfriends: Jesus, Mohammed, Moses, Krishna (I believe), and Joseph Smith. They all have superpowers.

LOL How did I miss that one???