Walden Video Game in Development

Players explore Thoreau environment

Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond

Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond     Photo: Jeremy T. Hetzel/Flickr

The National Endowment of Arts this week awarded the University of Southern California a $40,000 grant to develop a video game based on Henry David Thoreau's Walden writings. The game will recreate a 3-D environment of Walden Pond in which players "can conduct their own experiments in living deliberately," according to the game's promotional video. Gameplay involves traipsing through Walden Woods, picking berries, fishing the pond, and contemplating Thoreau's ideas in his tiny cabin. The game's developers hope to infuse reflection and insight into a new genre of play that embodies Thoreau's experiment to "live as a part of nature and not apart from it." 

Read more at The Guardian

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