You Win This Video Game By Writing Great Fiction
Finally, a video game for book lovers.
The message at the beginning of the trailer for Elegy for a Dead World pretty much says it all:
The new video game lets you explore the civilizations of British Romantic poets, write about what you find and then share your story with fellow writers.
The game’s creators designed it so that literally “everyone can write.” Meaning you don’t need to be a writer to enjoy it. As you explore the planets, the game will help you create a narrative.
“The most important thing for us is that someone sits down and has a positive experience, doing something creative,” explains developer Ichiro Lambe. “We avoid doing any kind of scoring, or handslapping, because writing can be personal and frightening enough, without attaching a score or anything negative to it.”
Elegy features 27 different writing challenges designed to inspire players to create short stories and poems about the worlds they explore.
You get eased into the writing process with basic prompts and fill-in-the-blank style sentences. In one challenge, you play a thief and compose a song about searching wreckage, in another you’re an archaeologist writing about a city’s final days.
These are three worlds that you get to explore in Elegy, all of which are based on the works of British Romantic Era poets:
- Shelley’s World?—?based on “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley
- Byron’s World?—?based on “Darkness” by Lord Byron
- Keats’ World?—?based on “When I Have Fears That I May Cease to Be” by John Keats
After you’ve finished writing a story or a poem, you can share it with other Elegy players through Steam Workshop, a forum for creating and adding new content to video games. Additionally, you can take screenshots of your writings in Elegy then upload them to a print-on-demand site like Blurb or Lulu, to get a physical book of your favorite stories.
Elegy’s development began in 2013 as a collaboration between Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal. The creators then launched a successful Kickstarter where they raised over $70,000.
You can download a copy of Elegy for a Dead World for $14.99 on Steam.