In an interview with SCI FI Wire, acclaimed science fiction author, and guy who makes me angry, Orson Scott Card chatted briefly about his hopes for a possible game based on his most famous novel, Ender’s Game. Says Card:
My hope and plan is that the Ender’s Game computer and console games will not be mere tellings of the story, but rather true games with a high degree of replayability. In other words, you don’t play the game once, so you can act out the story (as with, say, the Harry Potter movie-based games), and then discard it. The Ender’s Game games will immerse you in the experience of different aspects of the life of these kids who train together in order to fight the war.
Such high hopes, Mr. Card.
I remember another game he wrote for. It was called Advent Rising, and it was buggy, rushed, and unbalanced. It’s important that I tell you that, so when I tell you his story was one of the worst parts of it, you have a suitable frame of reference.
When I played the game, lo these many years ago, the plot at first seemed promising. Events were unfolding, mysteries were hinted at. But then came a ridiculous scene in which the main character is told by an alien that all humans are unknowingly the mightiest beings in the universe, with god-like powers.
Powers he is then apparently taught how to use by playing around with a seashell for, like, 10 minutes.
Now, I don’t know how much his story was mangled during the game development process. I will grant him the possibility that he wrote an amazing, mind-blowing story, and the ex-employees at Majesco took a dump on it.
But, on the other hand, I’ve read several of his latest books. They ain’t great. Orson Scott Card seems intent on milking Ender’s Game, his greatest achievement, for all it’s worth. Take, for instance, the “Shadow” novel series, which follows bit characters from the original book in the same time period, chronicling the uninteresting things that happen to them when Ender is nowhere in sight.
The best thing the Ender’s Game game has going for it is that the book it is based on has already been written. Orson shouldn’t be able to mess it up too badl–Oops, nevermind! Now it looks like Mr. Card is rewriting parts of Ender’s Game to cram even more cash-in novels into the original book’s setting!
Let’s just say, as far as Ender’s Game: The Game: Game is concerned, I don’t think success…
Puts on shades.
…is in the cards.Tags: Advent Rising, Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, Sci Fi