Ummm, yespleasemorethankyou. The gods of video games have finally answered my call and have created a product that I’m totally okay with my boys playing. Folks, the Franz Kafka video game you didn’t know you’d been waiting for is finally here. I don’t play video games, but I am weirdly psyched about this, as it reminds me of the good ol’ days, studying literary theory at Sarah Lawrence and getting introduced to Kafka via great works like The Metamorphosis and A Hunger Artist. Click inside for deets and for a sneak peek at the video!
If ever there was a classic writer whose works would be a good fit for the fantastical worlds of video games, it’s the father of surrealism, Franz Kafka. You may not know him by name (though you probably should), but chances are you’ve at least peripherally crossed paths with The Metamorphosis, Kafka’s at-turns bizarre and comic tale of a man who wakes up one morning to discover he has transformed into a giant beetle.
Kafka often explored absurdist themes of bureaucracy and alienation, among other things. Given his pioneering surrealist tendencies – Kafka’s characters tended to be in nonsensically horrifying bureaucratic nightmares from which there was no escape – indie developer Denis Galanin’s adaptation of several of the authors works into a game seems to make sense.
It’s not entirely clear what kind of game The Franz Kafka Videogame will be, exactly, but given that it adapts The Castle (which Kafka interestingly never finished and somehow wrote in a way that the narrative theoretically continues on forever – seriously), The Metamorphosis and others one would imagine a game adaptation of the hapless K.’s adventures will probably revolve around adventure game-style design (logic puzzles are mentioned on the game’s website).
Cannot wait for this to drop! And I look forward to it becoming a trend too. Virginia Woolf videogame, anyone?