The start screen of The Great Gatsby, a game-based adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel.
Games by the Book at Hayden Library
September 18, 2012
The Hayden Library is host to an interactive exhibition that runs until Oct. 8.
Visitors to the second floor Humanities Library will be able to play a selection of video games adapting literary works from Shakespeare to Douglas Adams. The exhibit explores the range of approaches taken to create video games of literary works, The result is often whimsical, turning the worlds of these stories into spaces to be explored, often transforming them according video game conventions.
The games featured in the exhibit invite players to become Nick Carraway, the narrator of The Great Gatsby, dodging drunken partygoers in his way to meet Gatsby; explore the world of Shakespeare’s plays; carry out an exercise of introspection based on Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus; or revisit the events of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.
More details can be found at: http://trope-tank.mit.edu/games_by_the_book/
The exhibit is sponsored by the De Florez Fund for Humor, the MIT Council of the Arts, the MIT Game Lab and the Electronic Literature Organization and Comparative Media Studies.