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Slaughter Like a Poet

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A while back we reported on a forthcoming video game based on Dante’s Inferno. Well, that game has come forth. Electronic Arts released Dante’s ‘Inferno yesterday, and today NPR did a nice little piece on it.

Just like in Dante’s famous poem, the character of Dante in the video game slashes his way through nine levels of hell, killing sinners’ souls on his way to saving his lost love Beatrice. Except in the poem, Dante doesn’t kill so much as have depressing conversations in terza rima (the poetic form in which the whole long poem is set).

This is just such a cool–and/or awful–idea that we just had to cover it again. What other classic books would you like to see turned into violent video games? Maybe ‘Tom Sawyer: Grand Theft Raft’.

[Image: Electronic Arts]

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