The Top 7... Classic books that would make amazing games

5. A Confederacy of Dunces

What's the story? Ignatius J. Reilly is 30, lives with his mother, and believes that Medieval philosophy justifies his obscene flatulence and astounding dickhelmetry. He spends 400 pages making life miserable for everyone he meets. Toole killed himself before the novel was published, and Will Ferrell has been trying to make a movie happen since 2003. Hell with it, just make the game already.

How might the game look? Want to give audiences quirky characters in offbeat adventures? Make Confederacy of Dunces a SCUMM-style point-'n'-click. Just put your highbrow literary-pedigree hat on and add a meter that determines how badly the character needs to fart.

Until then... The amount of games known for being genuinely, quotably, laugh-out-loud funny is still pretty low. There's Monkey Island, of course, and Sam and Max, and Day of the Tentacle... Basically, familiarize yourself with the entire LucasArts back catalog while you wait for this one to get off the ground.

4. Naked Lunch

What's the story? A series of loosely-connected anecdotes about getting crunk in a variety of inventive ways, Naked Lunch is pretty big on “individual interpretation” at the expense of “making a damn lick of sense.” In any given college dorm, there is one guy who can explain Naked Lunch to you better than we could; never, ever party with that guy.

How might the game look? Naked Lunch the game would bring back the “text adventure” genre for a whole new generation of impressionable youngsters. It would then kill the genre stone dead by making said youngsters type “ingest Mugwump semen” in order to get to the final area.

Above: It's always a treat when we get to run screenshots this exciting

Until then... Infocom's Steve Meretzky cranked out a slew of these sort of titles in the 80s: pairing up sci-fi satire Leather Goddesses of Phobos with futuristic political thriller A Mind Forever Voyaging would probably feel a bit like playing Naked Lunch. Particularly if you were tripping balls at the time.


  • Reebokanonymous - May 15, 2011 7:59 a.m.

    I've always thought "The Most Dangerous Game" would be an amazing video gaming experience. It's a short story, but I have this idea that they could make a game that lasts about five hours, but just put it in another game as an interactive storytelling sequence within the regular game.
  • sharker - April 8, 2010 10:42 p.m.

    Maybe "1984"?
  • CiaranW - April 8, 2010 11:59 a.m.

    The Hunger Games Would Be A Really Goood Game Aswell
  • ryno - April 7, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    i would make watership down an open world style game with randomly appearing enemies
  • SeriousSean - April 7, 2010 6:41 a.m.

    Someone needs to steal the premise behind Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light for a game. In an undisclosed amount of time in the future on a colonized world the officers of the colony ship used technology to set themselves up as gods of the Hindu pantheon and they lord over all the colonists.
  • Kaz993 - April 7, 2010 4:13 a.m.

    oh. I thought this would be a serious article for us gentlemen, and not this posh.
  • Zeipher - April 7, 2010 3:23 a.m.

    Sorry for the dub-post, but I agree BIGTIME with the supporters of Ender's Game and The Road. Those would make amazing games.
  • Zeipher - April 7, 2010 3:21 a.m.

    After reading "Jane Austen", I was afraid where this list would go. An adventure game based on a Jack London book would be pretty badass. @snothammer: I actually don't think any of Rand's books could be a successful game. Movies, yes. Games, no. "In this epic sim, you play a egoist architect struggling to survive in a selfless world!" No thanks. (Top 5 Realistically Useless Weapons in Gaming:
  • AggressiveMold - April 7, 2010 1:46 a.m.

    Paradise Lost. I can't think of a game where you actually PLAYED AS SATAN.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - April 7, 2010 12:33 a.m.

    What about alice in wonder.... Oh yeahz :D
  • TyeTheCzar - April 6, 2010 10:21 p.m.

    Baccano!, the novel-turned-anime(you can watch the whole series on Youtube for free) would make a great setting for a Heavy Rain-style adventure game. You've got the nutty thief couple, the cowardly gangster, the mindless assassins, all set before, after, and during a gruesome train incident.
  • TURbo - April 6, 2010 10:16 p.m.

    I want Medea to be a book.
  • DoctorMcNinja - April 6, 2010 8:36 p.m.

    Ender's Game. How you you forget? A battle room game would be amazing. And the end of the book, when Ender controls an entire army... It's like the book was made to be an amazing game.
  • Hinro - April 6, 2010 8 p.m.

    What about the Odyssey or the Iliad. You can't beat an actual classic book.
  • Mitchy13LAMF - April 6, 2010 7:44 p.m.

    oh lord of the be intresting for a level when they knock down a huge rock on piggy!!!!!!!
  • mattvader243 - April 6, 2010 6:59 p.m.

    ENDERS GAME!!!!!!!!!
  • jdrosenfeld - April 6, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    Nice work with the Capa image.
  • euqubud - April 6, 2010 6:01 p.m.

    Of Mice and Men! Think of the quicktime events. Press X to tag Lenny in the back of the head!
  • GameManiac - April 6, 2010 4:32 p.m.

    Thank god that the Twilight series isn't mentioned here. But I shouldn't be surprised since it's not nowhere NEAR old enough to be a classic. What about "Of Mice and Man"?
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