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Ender’s Game Game

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000dp0wf.gifSci-fi author Orson Scott Card helped make Advent Rising, an Xbox 360 action-RPG which failed spectacularly. Now he’s going to help make a video game of his beloved Ender’s Game novel, which features a child genius unwittingly commit alien genocide through a series of supposedly virtual war games.

Nerds are freaking out, but I say to thee “settle the fuck down.” Basically, in the book, Ender played a virtual war game much like a gun-based, no-gravity American Gladiators scenario, which is fine, but hardly a mind-blowing video game experience (the gamemakers’ say they’ll be using the Unreal Tournament III engine for the game). All the thing that make the book great are characterization and the twist at the end, which will have to be in cut-scenes. Also, it’s likely there will be a problem with all the players in the game shooting each being young, nubile boys. Also, Speaker of the Dead was better.

Also, look for the Ender’s Game movie, which will be out in April of never.

About Author

Robert Bricken is one of the original co-founders of the site formerly known as Topless Robot, and its first editor-in-chief, serving from 2008-12. He brought the site to prominence with “nerd news, humor and self-loathing” as its motto, raising it from total internet obscurity to a readership in the millions, with help from his savage “FAQ” movie reviews and Fan Fiction Fridays. Under his tenure Topless Robot was covered by Gawker, Wired, Defamer, New York magazine, ABC News, and others, and his articles have been praised by Roger Ebert, Avengers actor Clark Gregg, comedian and The Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman, the stars of Mystery Science Theater 3000 and Rifftrax, and others. He is currently the managing editor of io9.com. Despite decades as both an amateur and professional nerd, he continues to be completely unprepared for either the zombie apocalypse or the robot uprising.