You Won’t Believe These 5 Video Games Came from Books

Happy Video Games Day! Here we take a look at five video games that were either adapted from or inspired by popular books.

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It’s Video Games Day! If you love video games like me, chances are you’ve wondered where people get such great ideas for some games that you’ve played! Sometimes, people get their ideas from books! And if done right, these games end up expanding on the book in ways you couldn’t have imagined. Curious to know which video games are inspired by books? Here are just a few!


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1. the witcher

The video game trilogy is based off of the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski. The series initially started off as short stories, but then progressed into full-length novels with the release of Blood of Elves in 2008. After the first video game adaptation in 2007, after the release of The Last Wish, the series began to receive more notice. Both the video game series and book series feature the same characters, but the video game series takes place after the events of the saga.


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2. The Godfather

The video game was released in 2006 and tells a non-canon story of Aldo Trapani, whose rise through the Corleone family intersects with the plot from the movie and subsequently the book. So an adaptation of an adaptation, if you will. The video game featured an open world that allowed the player to commit all sorts of mafia mischief that you either saw in the movie or read in the book (or both!). Crazy fact: the son of the author Mario Puzo, who wrote The Godfather, sued Paramount Pictures by saying it failed to hand over any revenue for making a video game based off of the popular film and book (and yes, Puzo won with a settlement).



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3. assassin’s creed

This video game isn’t a direct adaptation, but it does take its ideas from the book. The first game in the series is based off the 1938 novel written by Vladimir Bartol. The novel is set in Alamut, which was a real Persian fortress located 60 miles from present-day Tehran! The game has some sci-fi elements, but like the book, it’s based in a lot of historical fiction.


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4. bioshock

The BioShock video game series is based off the novels by John Shirley. The story in the video game series uses the objectivist philosophies of 20th century writers like Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, or most notably, Ayn Rand. The main character in the game series is Andrew Ryan, who himself has a name similar to the writer. Then there’s Frank Fontaine, named after one of Rand’s novels, The Fountainhead, or Atlas, named after Atlas Shrugged. BioShock itself explores Ayn Rand’s philosophies and critiques how bad objectivism would be if implemented on a grand scale.



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5. American McGee’s alice in wonderland series

The game series starts with American McGee’s Alice, and is based on the Lewis Carroll novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The video game series, however, presents a much darker, cruel, and violent version of the settings presented in the book series. The game centers on the protagonist, Alice, whose parents are killed in a house fire years before the game takes place. After receiving years of treatment in a psychiatric clinic, Alice makes a retreat to Wonderland, which has been horribly disfigured by her emotional trauma.


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