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Neil Gaiman, The Voice Of Our A Generation, Dips His Talented Fingers Into The World Of Video Games

By Joanna Robinson | Videos | July 26, 2013 | Comments ()


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Okay, listen poppets, I don’t really do video games. It’s not my sphere. I think the last game I played in earnest was The 7th Guest. So take the following with an enormous mountain of “She Doesn’t Know What She’s Talking About” salt. But what I do know is authors and my Very Favorite, Neil Gaiman, is engineering a spooky, vintage video game that has even me, the most inexperienced player, intrigued. It helps that he cites Some of Joanna’s Favorite Movies (Blithe Spirit, Arsenic And Old Lace) in his promo video for the proposed Wayward Manor.

As you can see, you can both pre-order the video game and become embroiled in a Kickstarter-esque funding program that offers the very best incentives.

Officially:

Wayward Manor is a puzzle/adventure game hybrid that invites players to solve the mysteries of the mansion any way they choose. You play as a disgruntled ghost, trying to reclaim your house from its newfound owners.

This dysfunctional family of misfits and eccentrics have stifled your power and brought their own abysmal possessions into your humble abode. Each level is a playground for scares where players absorb fear to take back control of the room.

If you want free reign over your mansion once again, you must uncover their deepest anxieties and drive them mad with fear using your wits and their hideous belongings.

They had me at “eccentric ghost.”



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  • Abby

    Was it deliberate to not have any link in the post, therefore requiring anyone interested to watch the whole video before seeing where to go for more info? If so... success! I'm just glad I kept the tab open for long enough that I later happened upon it again at a time when I had the time available to watch Neil.

    If anyone else is just looking for the direct link: http://whohauntsneil.com/

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Hmmm...his favorite films all happened to be plays first...

  • TCH

    At least the fixation with Mass Effect is coming to a close.

  • Brian Martin

    Wait...what?

  • Steve

    If Neil Gaiman is the voice of a generation, then that generation is borderline illiterate.

  • NateMan

    ... Because the works of a man that has won Nebula, Hugo, and Bram Stoker awards, as well as the Newbury and Carnegie Medals, don't give you insight into literature or teach you about language? I'm very confused.

  • Steve

    Stephen King has won 14 Bram Stoker awards, a Hugo Award, 2 American Library Association Awards, an O. Henry Award, and many others. Does that make him better than the purveyor of pulp that he appears to be?

  • NateMan

    Yes, actually, it does. If you want to keep your mind closed to popular fiction for some reason, be my guest. But it seems to me it's more important that people are reading than WHAT they read. And if you don't think there's anything worth of praise in Good Omens, Neverwhere, The Graveyard Book, orCoraline, well you're doing yourself a disservice and there's not much hope for you.

  • Steve

    If it doesn't matter what you read, so long as you are reading, then you must be a big supporter of the Stephanie Meyer fans. I'm not saying that people can't enjoy pulp, because most of us do enjoy it to some degree, but the pedestal that some people put Gaiman on seems a bit silly.

  • NateMan

    His voice is hypnotizing. I'm pretty sure he could ask me to do pretty much anything and I'd wake up confused, possibly naked and covered in honey. That's a roundabout way of saying I love when he narrates audiobooks, and that I'll definitely give this game a try and maybe donate to it.

  • I read this three times, still looking for where the "eccentric ghost" can be found. I might be as disgruntled as the "disgruntled ghost" that I would control if I were to play this game. [hugs!]

  • Welldressed

    American Gods is my favorite book of all time, and as an avid gamer, this has me pumped beyond all reason.

  • DataAngel

    They had me at "Neil".

  • Daniel Valentin

    The fact that Neil Gaiman is praising gaming for its capacity to immerse people into storytelling is living proof that games ARE art. THIS is the kind of guy you want to listen to, not Lucas and Spielberg saying that gaming will never be as effective as film in immersing audiences. I mean, come on, it's fundamentally ridiculous, as an interactive medium gaming by its very definition is MUCH more immersive than any other medium. And gaming has produced some of the most fascinating, well-developed stories and fascinating characters in the history of fiction. How can you play games like the Mass Effect series, Silent Hill, Uncharted, The Last Of Us or Bioshock Infinite and deny the emotional power and engaging fiction they offer?

    I was overjoyed when I watched this video, both as a gamer and a long-time Gaiman fan.

  • Cory with an E

    I know Roger Ebert came out against gaming as an art form, but when have Lucas or Speilberg? Lucasarts has a gaming division, and it's my understanding that Speiberg has always been an avid gamer.

  • Daniel Valentin

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.c... <--- Lucas and Spielberg basically dis videogames saying that games, and I quote, "haven't been able to tell stories and make consumers care about the characters."

    And yes, as you rightfully pointed out, Lucas had Lucasarts(which, until it became a shitty-ass factory for Star Wars licensed games) had their WONDERFUL graphic adventure games like Monkey Island, Full Throttle, Grim Fandango and Sam And Max Hit The Road. Oh, and another graphic adventure called The Dig. A game based on an unused Amazing Stories script written by Orson Scott Card and STEVEN SPIELBERG. Oh, and Spielberg is executive producing the Halo TV series.

    That, my friends, is called HYPOCRISY.

  • Guest

    http://pixeledcourier.com/2013... <--- read this shit. Lemme quote the important parts:

    “Other mediums are inferior to film”, Spielberg told the crowd,
    whilst Lucas nodded in approval. ”Many people are not aware that there are other mediums where the pictures don’t even move. Hell, some mediums don’t have pictures at all”, Lucas added, urging any potential art collectors in the audience to be wary of ‘incomplete films’, such as paintings and music.

    When a member of the audience asked what the two filmmakers thought of video games as a form of art, Spielberg was keen to provide his insight on the games industry. “The problem with games is the controller. The second you get the controller something turns off in the heart, and it becomes a sport. Scientific studies on the human heart confirm this.”

    Spielberg brought up the experience he gained from being the lead designer behind Boom Blox for Nintendo Wii. “Boom Blox was intended to be a moving story about a man who suffers from the untimely death of hiswife, and who has to reconcile himself with the idea of love. However, once the game controller was involved, Boom Blox turned into a game about blowing up blocks that look like farm animals. This is why games can’t be art.”

    ---

    Is this not the most pretentious bullshit you've ever read?

  • danobc

    http://www.escapistmagazine.co...

    you really shouldn't want to have someone else's approval. If they don't get it, they don't. It shouldn't need a Gaimann to prove that something is art if you already think for yourself that that something is art. Why do you need his validation?

    people who enjoy games and think it's art should get over their inferiority complex and not seek the approval of people from other mediums just learn to love and appreciate games as such.

  • Milly

    Sooooo, Beetlejuice then?

  • Right there with ya. But Beetlejuice in History...and yeah, Gaiman, so s'cool.

  • NateMan

    That was my immediate thought too. But it's an intriguing idea for a game.

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