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Gatsby: The Video Game

Xbox 360 buttonsWe’ve talked about video games and their relation to narrative before. But how about fiction as video game?

Enter I-Play’s video game Classic Adventures: The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. According to the game description, you can “Find the hidden items on your list triggering character dialogue and progressing the story,” “Recreate Fitzgerald’s famous prose, assemble your own library and earn trophies to share with friends on Facebook,” and “Complete unique mini-games: test your memory, put yourself in the author’s seat, or solve portrait puzzles.”

Here’s a screenshot, complete with some landmarks from the novel:

Gatsby, credit: I-play

Gatsby, credit: I-play

I-Play offers a free trial version of the game for download (Windows only). If you try it out, let us know what you think.

And if epic poetry—and fighting video games— are more your speed, there’s always this.

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