Writer who evaded poll tax inspires video game
Henry David Thoreau declared that he would rather go to jail than pay taxes that contributed to causes he didn't believe in (such as the war with Mexico). Now the man who devised the philosophy of civil disobedience has inspired a video game -- one that presumably illustrates the same credo.
And who knows what the consequences might be?
Galley Cat reports:
The University of Southern California has received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to produce a video game based on the work of Henry David Thoreau.
Here’s more about the project: “To support production costs for a video game based on the writings of Henry David Thoreau at Walden Pond. The player will inhabit an open, three-dimensional game world which will simulate the geography and environment of Walden Woods. Once developed, the game will be available online.”
You can download free eBook edition of Thoreau’s Walden at this link. At the same time, a number of PBS shows saw significant reductions or cuts in their NEA grants this year.
Story by Jason Boog. Read the rest at GalleyCat.