Reality is a Game

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The Collected Books of Skyrim

Skyrim has a ton of content and the lore of the game is so rich because it builds from the preceding Elder Scrolls games. With so much to work with, the creators were able to do more than just make a game – they wrote an obscene number of stories to flesh out their world. Reddit user OccupyTamriel made a gallery of the fictional authors of these books (images above) from in-game shots.

At UESP they have a catalog and text of every book in Skyrim. One fan went as far as creating an ebook file that contains all the books: Dovahkiin Gutenberg.

What We Define as a Book Will Change

We know that books are not selling all that well and that e-book sales figures are hard to get, so what is in store for the future of the book?

The future may be that games become what we now perceive as a “book”.

The CBC radio program Ideas looked into the future of books and it’s a really interesting piece on what we think a book is from a human and cultural experience. You should listen to the entire episode but if you’re interested in the part about video games it’s around 45 minutes in.

One of the people interviewed on the program runs the Institute for the Future of the Book and the site has a section dedicated to gamer theory.

Your Unwritten Masterpiece

Admittedly, this isn’t game related, but it is pretty great. We’ve seen a lot of gaming projects raise money through crowdsourcing, and now Toronto game designer and writer Daniel Perlmutter is raising money to create your Unwritten Masterpiece.

What I’m proposing is this: I’ll write a book that’s at least 200 pages long. I’ll publish it. I’ll get it into bookstores. I’ll do all the hard stuff. You just tell me what you want to see in it. Imagine that!

Just think, when this novel is climbing the bestseller charts you can tell your friends: I worked on that. You can sign copies and hand them out as gifts to visiting dignitaries. You can do that thing where you pass by a bookstore and see the book displayed in the window and you stop, just for a moment, and catch a reflection of yourself, then smile and keep walking. Or you can just forget the whole thing every happened. That’s up to you.

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