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Poe and Video Games Stamp by Klomonx Poe and Video Games Stamp by Klomonx
Why? Because I think it is extremely needed. As much as I love (to watch people play) games like Amnesia and American McGee's Alice, I can't help but feel extremely annoyed that perhaps the best qualified author to have a horror based (or hell, almost any based) game inspired from his stories...does not. I know H.P. Lovecraft's stories have a lot more to go on; but hell, without POE, there may have been no Lovecraft. Poe created many fictional settings with different themes, one could easily manipulate them into something like they did with Alice In Wonderland (heck they could even reverse it. Have Poe universe be bright and cheery and slowly become corrupted; that would fit his life story quite well).

It doesn't even have to be horror or survival games; even though Poe pioneered the horror genre, and pretty much invented the psychological horror aspect of it, he also invented the damn Detective Story, and pioneered Science Fiction. There have been PLENTY of Sherlock Holmes based video games, and even though I have played a few games relating about Poe, they weren't necessarily all that hard, challenging, or creatively using Poe's works.

Just an opinion really; I could say this about lots and lots of authors, but seeing as I know most about Poe, I think it's only fitting for me to make a stamp about Poe, and leave other authors to other people who can give their own arguments.

(I swear, there needs to be an Amnesia-esque game with Poe references. That'd be freaking amazing).

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:iconperkygoth14:
PerkyGoth14 Featured By Owner May 26, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i'd like to see the Tale Tell Heart as a video game
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Klomonx Featured By Owner May 27, 2015  Student Writer
Same
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Tsukinekoi Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Mmmmh, a "The Raven" video game would be so awesome, or the "The Red Mask". Oh! Or Berenice! That story always gives me the chills
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2015  Student Writer
Berenice is Poe's most gruesome work; there's no surprise that it gives you such feelings. I agree that either of those would work very well for a game, Masque especially, as it has the most detail put into it's setting.
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Tsukinekoi Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
Yes, i agree. Another good option is "The fall of the house of Usher", imagine it~
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Student Writer
Haha, yes! I'd love to see that, too.
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Lilshawster2 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
indeed.
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FoxyNightmare Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
As far as I know, there's one game based completely on Poe's works. "The Dark Eye" but it was created AGES ago (for a computer game). Because of that I'll never have a chance to play it (it really requirers some technical witchcraft to run on nowadays systems!) but I've seen a whole "Let's play" on youtube and I like it very much.
As for the Amnesia, there soon will appear a kind of continuation, called "Machine For Pigs". Maybe there?... Also, you can try find something in the fan-made Amnesia custom stories. People sometimes have glorious ideas!
But I agree with that stamp. Poe was a fantastic writer and a truly interesting person. I guess all geniuses have a dark side, too bad Poe's was so consuming and corrupting.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student Writer
Yes, I have watched quite a few Let's Plays of it and it does indeed seem fantastic. I think there are ways to play it if you look into Emulating or other such things, I have yet to look into doing such seriously so I am not much help.
Hm, that does sound interesting, and I can hope for the best, can't I? I will also have to look around for some of those, it would be disappointing to see a dark game like Amnesia without some Poe.
I thank you very much for your interest in this stamp, and I do agree with you that his writings were fantastic and his person interesting. Yes, I think all do, I don't think it is possible to be a genius without some sort of crippling flaw.
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xNature-lighTx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
"Deep into that darkness peering... Long I stood there... Wondering... Fearing... Doubting..."

You can read it in the begining of the game "Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem" from Nintendo Game Cube :3
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Student Writer
Yes, I know! I have thought about trying to find the game for a long while, but because I have little time to play video games I have not put it on my top priority list. However I do look forward to playing it in the future, as I will be determined to find/over rationalise every Poe reference possible.

Thank you for telling me, though :3.
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xNature-lighTx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
you're welcome x3 why don't you try to obtain the game for a emulator? oxo it's more easy of trying to take it for the console in this highs
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Writer
I'm not sure what you mean; are you saying its hard to find and/or expensive if found these days? Regardless if it is, my internet makes a snail look fast. My ability to download and even use an emulator is greatly limited because my internet...taking forever.
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xNature-lighTx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's hard to find sugah xDU and why don't you put it to download in the night and you take a look in the morning? owo is more easy in that way
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Student Writer
XD Just as an update, I was able to buy it on Amazon with manual etc. for a reasonable price (around 32 USD).
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xNature-lighTx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
it's ok xD I think is fair, since the game is worth
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:iconklomonx:
Klomonx Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2012  Student Writer
XD yes, I think it was very much worth it, too.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student Writer
XD Yes but I have a laptop; i can't leave a laptop on all night, and when I used to have a desktop it was shared, so it would be quite hard.
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xNature-lighTx Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
oh the laptop's hell xwx
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Sottarupiel Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011
Just imagine a survival horror videogame where a raven appears in a silent room/place and starts cawing "nevermore",and that... before you enter a place where a terrifying thing is waiting for you to kill you or to drive you mad.

And a mysterious "person" covered with a red mask appears randomly to scare you or to guide you (like that Kyrie´s ghost of Project Zero).


That would be incredible.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2011  Student Writer
Haha yes, that sounds absolutely amazing. Using the Raven especially, I've always wanted to see it implemented in a game.
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EllentheStrange13 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i totally on this.poe is one of america's greatest poets and story writers.
i would also really like to see some edgar allan poe movies.like bsed off his poems/stories.
and music to go with his poems.
i know nox arcana does some lovely music for his poems.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Writer
Yes, indeed he was.
There have been some movies loosely based on his works in the 30's. I say loosely because really, they have little to do with the story with the exception of the title. However, they do a very good job of preserving Poe's influence and themes. If you want some movies to look up, you can look up The Black Cat (1934), The Raven (1935), and The Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932). I also have stumbled across an independent movie in the works about Poe's death [link] Along with a movie coming out next year, titled 'The Raven.' There are many others, and I could ramble on, but that would get boring.

There have been a surprisingly large number of musicians and bands who have worked his poems/stories into their work, but many of them are foreign (I'm very sorry if you aren't American, I tend to assume these things), and I'm unsure if you'd be interested. There others who are not, but for the moment the specifics escape me.
Oh yes, I've listened to them, they do indeed, <3.
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EllentheStrange13 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i would really care to hear these bands.i love adding to my collection of music.and thank you for the movies.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Student Writer
[link] Heimkehr by Janus (the band is currently on hiatus) is about Poe's death. After I google translated the lyrics, I found that it's about Poe returning home in order to see Virginia again, and it's a really sad song. The song isn't on any of their albums, but unless the site has taken it down, you should be able to download it (don't worry, it's free).

[link] Stein Um Stein by Rammstein, I've heard different interpretations of the song, but the lyrics bear a resemblance to The Black Cat and The Cask of Amontillado.

[link] The Raven by Omnia, they change up parts of the poem, but I think its an amazing reciting of the poem.

Now to some American bands I've remembered, xD.
[link] Symphony For Tomorrow by the Cruxshadows; near the end of the song they recite part of the poem 'Spirits of the Dead'; they also do Annabel Lee [link]

You can find a whole album of songs based on Poe works in the Alan Parson's Project's album Tales of Mystery and Imagination.

Those are the ones I can remember right off the top of my head, but a much, much larger list can be found here; [link]
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EllentheStrange13 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thank you!
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moodyblues Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist
Look up "The Dark Eye." It's an adventure game based on several Poe stories. It may not be easy to find, but I've heard it's good.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Writer
I have looked it up, but due to the age of the game it would be hard for me to play it. It is also only one game, and while unique, I think that Poe would deserve more than one simple game.
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moodyblues Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Hobbyist
Oh, I see. And I agree - one game isn't enough.

There are some hidden object games based on Poe's stories, but... they don't look very good.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student Writer
It is not.

I've played a few of them, and they are not very good.
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CorpseWyrm Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
... now all I can think is taking the narrator from A Cask of Amontillado as the main villain, and that he is behind whatever trials (a la Pit and the Pendulum, perhaps with colored room themes later on from Masque of the Red Death) the player character must face.

And to think, I never even considered this before. I feel deprived.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Student Writer
Hahaha xDDD Montresor would make a fine villain.
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mimimaddy101 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Poe???
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Student Writer
..Edgar Allan Poe?
He was a poet/editor/author/critic in the early 1800's? He wrote 'The Raven' amongst other poems, and invented the Detective story? Surely you've heard of him before?
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mimimaddy101 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
oh right, yeah I've heard of him
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I like the idea, I can't think of any of his stories that could be turned into video games without being warped beyond recognition.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Writer
Perhaps not one story; but combining them certainly would provide enough of a plot, setting, and themes. In ways of one story or poem, The Fall of the House of Usher would easily provide setting and some characters, along with a vast array of foreshadowing and themes. All one would have to do is add in other symbolism from other stories, or include other themes (like being buried alive, for one.) With Auguste Dupin, Poe's detective-one could easily make a series of games with cases, it has been done with Sherlock Holmes numerous times, and Dupin could easily be used in place of Holmes.
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So more of a mystery and investigating game rather than the exciting, senseless beat-em-up kind of games typical of these days?
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Writer
Yes; a senseless beating up game wouldn't work at all with Poe's stories. So it probably wouldn't appeal to most, but it would still appeal to a few.
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
While I like hyper violent games like F.E.A.R, Devil May Cry and Bayonetta, it would be interesting to see a world based on Poe's stories like this.
I imagine it would have a very dreamy atmosphere, like an old black and white movie, but for a video game's console.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Writer
It really would, it's a shame it has yet to be done.
Yes! It would be really interesting to see a game play out in such a way.
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Internet-Cancer Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, I'll keep that in mind. Video game designing is something I'm considering for a career.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Student Writer
Haha, I wish you luck!
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Amontadillo Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Writer
Ho yes, yes indeed.







Masque of the Red Death xD
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Lukrietz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
It is kind of weird that there's so little Poe references/influences in games, or at least I haven't really come across any. A creative person (or a bunch of them) could probably do something pretty amazing out of his stories as well as poems. That idea with doing something bright and cheery, then letting everything gradually become corrupted sounds great. If done well, it could be a really creepy experience.
You know what else would be amazing? A KAFKA GAME. XD It'd be so surrealistic and awesome. I know that there's a tiny Kafka reference in Shadow Hearts: From the New World, but it is not enough.

Also; Carroll + Poe + Kafka = Ultimate Game
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Writer
It really is, especially since there's not a horror game out there that doesn't RANDOMLY HAVE A CROW OR RAVEN IN IT. Because that's a dead give away that some crazy horror is about to go down (of course Poe didn't really invent that, but he certainly popularized it.) Yes; I'd love to see that happen, I really would.
LOL YES.
I call random point where you end up as a beetle and get apples flung at you.
Oh wait I guess that's a bit too literal. A Kafka game would be awesome, though. But seeing as I am not the Kafka expert I didn't think I had the authority to make Kafka version of this stamp (but you totally should.) Was that the game with the beetle called Gregor in it?
Or was that another game and I'm just mixing things up.

YES.
That game would be so weird and conflicting, what with AMUSING AiW, and then it's all HORROFYING AND MYSTERIOUS POE WORLDS WITH NAMELESS PROTAGONISTS, and then its all SURREALISTIC WITH APPLES AND BEETLES.
But again, I bet that game could progress into being happy and cheery and then just go downhill.
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Lukrietz Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Bottom line is; Poe is awesome, and people should make more games based on his work/his life.
LOL. The controller would vibrate and everything. The game should also be in black and white. I don't know if a Kafka game would be as interesting as a Poe one, but if done right The Metamorphosis could be made into a very special game, I'm sure. Oh and yes, that was the game with the beetle named Gregor in it. XD

LOLOLOL, and not to forget RHYMES AND NONSENSE, AND LONG MONOLOGUES!
It would be the best game ever.
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Student Writer
XD Yes! They really should.
ROFLMAO
I just see the controller vibrating out of control, lmao. And oh yes, black and white ftw. XD I bet it would!
xDD

LOL AND OH GOD WAIT
ITD BE FULL OF PEOPLE WHO EITHER STARE INTO YOUR SOUL, REFUSE TO LOOK AT YOU OR..
I DUNNO ABOUT KAFKA.
BUT YES IT WOULD BE AWESOME.
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CrazyAuthor201 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011
I would enjoy a game based of the bells. have kind of a silent hill feel
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Klomonx Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2011  Student Writer
Ah, yes. The Bells would be amazing, the progression of each type and their characteristics would build up plenty of suspense (and also an amazing soundtrack).
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