Elegy for a Dead World
A game about writing fiction
“In Elegy, you’ll travel to three worlds and explore 27 different writing challenges, through which you create narratives about the worlds you visit, from multiple perspectives. In one challenge, you play an archaeologist, uncovering clues and writing about a city’s final days; in another, you’re a thief, composing a song about searching the wreckage for valuables; and in another, you’re a bard penning a lament in rhyming couplets. You’ll lose yourself in settings inspired by the works of poets Keats, Byron, and Shelley, and use the game’s system of writing prompts to help create your own masterpieces.” ¹
“The developers created Elegy to share the joy of creative expression — ideally, they want to give non-writers an environment in which they can tell stories. With visuals inspired by Romantic painter J. M. W. Turner, the game provides a playground for individual imagination, and a community where everyone is an artist. Elegy’s developers, Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal, are leaving the discussion of what art or a game is to critics, and merely asking gamers, “What will you write?”
“When you’ve finished writing a story, you can share it with other players via Steam Workshop; then read others’ works, and commend your favorites.” ²
My first impressions
At the moment, the game runs three scenarios based on the poems of three authors – Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron and John Keats and the visuals inspired on J. M. W. Turner are pure delight for imaginative minds.
For those who feel comfortable in writing and dominate the English Language, goals can be achieved in a few hours, but the game still represents a challenge for those who venture for the first time in fictional narration, regardless of age and for foreigners who are learning English .
I suppose the possibilities and the complexity of the idea will be improved in later versions, attracting the attention of a larger and more experienced audience.
Nevertheless, the concept is already fascinating and innovative and may represent a new front in the creation of games, where the player develops his ability to create literary art, interacting with different scenarios and with the work of famous writers, expanding his knowledge.
In the next posts we are going to explore a bit the world of these three authors – Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and John Keats.