Thanks to Wired magazine's Clive Thompson for pointing out something I never knew existed en masse, and that's the video game novel. Thompson, who "polished off a stack of gaming novels" to write his article
discovered a few things about our beloved game characters one would never know without reading such a novel. For example, Sam Fisher (Splinter Cell
) lives in a condo, enjoys gourmet cooking, has a college-age daughter, and he thinks the Iraq war is a "bad idea". What's more, Lara Croft (Tomb Raider
) is frustrated by sexist cultures, including her own, and Master Chief (Halo
) has trust issues when it comes to his subordinates.
While the video game novel is far from "literature" it provides another level to one's gaming experience, particularly because, when playing a game, you are
the character. These books provide gamers with what is supposed to be going on in their own thoughts. Creepy.
Read Thompson's article
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