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Dante's Inferno - the video game




I am NOT making this up:

"Rome, December 18 - Dante's Inferno, the first book of the Divine Comedy, is soon to be released as an action-adventure video game by the company better known for its FIFA Football and James Bond game series. The new game developed by America's Electronic Arts (EA) follows the structure of Dante's 14th-century masterpiece, turning his nine circles of hell - limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery - into levels that players must travel through, killing demons as they go. 'It was the right moment to adapt this masterpiece of world literature for the universe of interactive gaming and to introduce Dante to a public who isn't very familiar with his work of art,'' the game's executive producer Jonathan Knight told French newspaper Liberation (Gah - and I missed it. C)

''The tormented universe of the Italian poet represents an ideal basis for a third-person action-adventure game''.

Tempting though it is to note
'lasciate ogni speranza voi ch'entrate', instead I will go with 'Nessun maggior dolore Che ricordarsi del tempo felice Nella miseria' or 'There is no greater sorrow than to recall a happy time in the midst of misery' .



Meanwhile, I look forward to Il Gattapardo the video game, and Doom - le roman fleuve. In the spirit of crossing low with high culture, here is Pong - 'the haiku':

Bat strikes flying dot
which careens across the screen
one nil player one

Improvements by the readership upon that 30 second effort would be most welcome.

Truly the apocalypse is upon us.

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Anonymous JuliaM said... 11:44 am

"Truly the apocalypse is upon us."

No, that'll be when they make the 'film of the game!'.

With Keanu Reeves...  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:56 am

Keanu met the Grim Reaper in Bill & Ted II, and saved his life and that of his co-star by beating the GR at Twister and Battleships, thus taking the best of three, having lost at Chess.  



Anonymous Ferocious pedant said... 12:18 pm

Sorry, mon vieux, it's not a haiku. No reference to a season.  



Blogger Croydonian said... 12:43 pm

Slapdown duly noted. There is no virtue in being wrong. Quote marks will be added.  



Blogger Tiresias said... 3:21 pm

Dot-eating Pac-Man
Trapped by ghosts in the corner
Meets a sticky end

(Old Tiresias
Stuck in some Theban arcade,
A bit off the pace.)  



Blogger Croydonian said... 4:12 pm

Space invaders loom
vectoring to left and right
Drum space bar freely  



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