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This week’s topic is Books That Would Make Good Video Games.
I am a long time fan of video games. My favorites are Final Fantasy, Animal Crossing, Legend of Zelda, Tales of Games, and Stardew Valley. I gravitate more towards RPG or adventure games. They also need to have really good story and characterization or I’m not interested in putting the time in. Right now I’m playing Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild and it is absolutely wonderful. I spend all my time climbing mountains and wandering around. Oh wait, I’m supposed to be talking about books here right … let’s get to it.
The Kingkiller Chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss
I admit, I’m cheating with this one because … it’s already being made into a video game!! And a movie, and a t.v. show. I can’t think of a better property to turn into a game. There are multiple magic systems, excellent characters, storyline and mythology to this game. I think it’s going to be outstanding. Did I mention the Lin Manuel Miranda himself will be writing the music to go with it? I am counting the days my friends!
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
This would be a wonderfully dynamic game. The magic system of pushing and pulling against metal in order to fly through the air, using different abilities depending on which metal you ingest, the multitude of complicated characters, and creatures in the books would make this a great game. Someone will pick this up someday right?
The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
I cheated a little, the second picture is from an anime called Read or Die and it features a magic system that is a little similar to The Paper Magician so I used the pic since there are no illustrations in the book. There is some great fan art out there but I don’t want to use those without permission. Anyway, this would be a lot of fun. It’s a little Victorian/Edwardian, steampunk, magical and romantic. Learning to perfect your magical abilities with certain elements would be fun too.
The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono
Oh these books! Only a few of them were ever translated from the original Japanese into English. Then the anime only went halfway through the books. So I NEED someone to make a game out of this so I can see how it ends! This would be perfect! Young Japanese high school girl is suddenly taken to another world. The book has wonderfully rich storyline and worldbuilding. It would be so fun to play!
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
I’ll admit that this is probably not a game I would ever pay. But I can’t help but think that it would really appeal to some gamers. If you’re into post-apocalyptic story, this bleak, terrifying book would be perfect. Just don’t expect a happy ending. Some people would probably love it!