Reading is so Old, I’d Much Rather Play My Literature

Posted: February 23, 2011 by jerkmagblog in SURF -- tech, VAULT -- archives
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“Do you have what it takes to fight gangsters and advertisements and hobos?”

Whether it’s because you’ve wondered how you’d stack up against the contenders in question, or really even how you would go about battling an ad (and yes, I mean actual battle and not some sort of philosophical conundrum), there is no way to read that and not be curious.

Seriously, every now and then StumbleUpon, the productivity killing demon that would see us turn to Huxley’s dystopian paradigm, can be quite surprising.

So here it is… You’re Nick Carraway, your hat is a weapon like Odd Job’s, and you engage in 2D, sidescrolling action.  That’s right, you’re playing in appropriate 8-bit/Roaring 20s style, an NES style adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.  If anyone unfamiliar with this novel is reading, you are either:  not American, very young, or didn’t go to school, because this is pretty much a mainstay in English classes, public and private.

The game, co-created by Charlie Hoey and Pete Smith, is just one of those curiosities that needs to be experienced.  So jump into the intriguing world of Prohibition Era America and see what happens next. [Great Gatsby Game]


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