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Get Ready for Walden Pond: The Video Game

Henry David Thoreau's masterpiece goes digital; Jay-Z has game, too
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2012 5:05 PM CDT
Get Ready for Walden Pond: The Video Game
A boy walks around a replica of Henry David Thoreau's one-room cabin at Walden Pond in Concord, Mass.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

(Newser) – Henry David Thoreau lived at Walden Pond to escape the comforts of modern life; soon, you'll be able to share his experience right on your flat-screen TV. Thanks to a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of Southern California is developing a video game based on Walden, Thoreau's account of his time at the pond, the Guardian reports. It's intended to be a whole new kind of video game, "in which reflection and insight play an important role in the player experience."

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It's not the only biographical video game on its way. One based on an altogether more modern American life—that of Jay-Z—is also due soon. The Facebook-based game, called Empire, will let players experience the rapper's youth in Brooklyn, from rap competitions to mixtape-creation to getting a job. After conquering such challenges, the player gets to join the ranks of wealthy celebs, the BBC reports. The game is currently in beta testing. (Read more Walden Pond stories.)

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