This may be motivation for me to finally read Walden.
The University of Southern California has received grand from the National Endowment for the Arts to develop the game. The details, from the NEA’s website:
To support production costs for a video game based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond. The player will inhabit an open, three-dimensional game world which will simulate the geography and environment of Walden Woods. Once developed, the game will be available online.
And I’ll be looking forward to it.
It seems there is another Thoreau game out there as well, called Transcend, which you can download for free on your iProduct or online via flash. It’s very roguelike, with old-school ASCII art reminiscent of my early days of computing (yikes, shouldn’t have admitted to that). Even if you don’t know the story, check it out.
And in the meantime, I’m going to find myself a copy of Walden.