Well, it's Saturday and the gaming has been good to me. I was pretty lethal on Medal of Honor (PC). Played 4 rounds and came in 3rd twice, 2nd once and 1st once. All rounds were Team Assault. So I was feeling pretty beast. Then I played some more Dead Space. I figure I'm just now about 1/2 way through it. I really can't wait to write up a blog on it. I'm taking lots of notes and trying to take some screenshots of it too, although I don't know how they'll turn out.

Anyway, today is Saturday and as such, it's time for the second blog in my REPLAY series where I revisit blogs from the past and provide some updated thoughts on it.

This blog, posted nearly a year ago (actually a little over a year ago) happens to be one of my favorites, although the reception was lukewarm at best. It was posted February 06, 2010...has a 0 Star Rating...received 178 views and 2 comments, one of which was mine. I liked this blog because it combines two of my favorite things...video games and books. I've blogged a time or two about books. In fact yesterday's blog was about 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die.

REPLAY: A Novel Idea...

One thing I've noticed as I’m sure many of you have noticed as well is the latest trend in books being published about a particular video game title. While this certainly isn't a new concept it does seem to be one that is becoming increasing popular. (SAINT: I still think this is true and if anything, it is  prevalent now more than ever. Even though my "list" of books I want has grown to epic proportions...I don't mind. I posted a book review on one of the Mass Effect Novels not too long ago and am currently reading one of the Halo books.)

I think the first book/video game pair that I recall reading and playing was Rainbow Six. Believe it or not, that was published way back in 1998. Yes, it really was that long ago. (SAINT: Still my favorite!)

Now, as I peruse my library of video games and books, I see that a lot of the fiction I read is video game inspired. In no particular order and without straining my neck too much let me name just a few games that have inspired at least one book release (but in most cases, each of these games has had several books released): (SAINT: The one that I want most now that I don't have yet is based on Dead Space. There is even a book from Eve Online. I wouldn't mind seeing an Uncharted book.)

•    Splinter Cell
•    Ghost Recon
•    Halo
•    Gears of War
•    Star Wars: Republic Commando
•    World of Warcraft

There is a Metal Gear Solid graphic novel out there that looks fairly decent. I think I'll be okay if I don't read the Tomb Raider series. If the Star Craft books do as well as the video game did, I'm sure the author will be very happy (and wealthy). The same will probably be true for the Resident Evil books as well. I can’t wait to pick up the Assassin’s Creed book. (SAINT: The MGS Graphic Novels look amazing and I still don't have them!)

Now, I'm no marketing expert or salesman...and I didn't even stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night. But when I think about how many fans of a particular game rush to buy every expansion pack, downloadable content or sequel it seems like a percentage of those folks might also be interested in a book or two or twelve that occurs in the same universe. For example, Halo Wars (which is what, the third or fourth Halo game) was recently released and has already sold over 1 million copies. I'd venture to say it wasn't because it was a really good RTS game...but because it was Halo. Halo 3 has made over $300 million in sales. The original Halo (PC version, of course) is my favorite game of all time and I buy everything Halo...without question...including all of the books. I doubt that I'm alone.

Writing a book based on a video game seems like it would take many of the burdens off of the author's shoulders, doesn't it? I mean the framework is already there, right? Characters, locations, etc. All the author has to do is come up with a good story. I know, I know...that can be very difficult. But, for example, using the Halo universe again...as an author, I already have an armory of weapons with capabilities to select from; a cast of aliens to populate my world; a garage full of vehicles (both alien and human); a history book full of legendary characters and battles.

Halo: Reach is coming and the sales are going to be record breaking. I'm sure there will be more novels trailing the release of the game as sure as I am that I will be there buying them. (SAINT: I think this prediction mostly came true. Halo: Reach was record breaking. Not on the level of Call of Duty, but Reach posted some great numbers.)

I guess one video game that I think would make an awesome book is Half Life. Sure, there are books that share a similar storyline that are already out there, but imagine reading about Gordon Freeman and his exploits. Perhaps if the folks from Valve are reading this (Mr. Newell...are you in the house?) and would like an aspiring writer to pen Half Life: The Novel...please feel free to contact my personal assistant and get on my calendar. I'm sure I could squeeze you in...somewhere.

When was the last time the wind said "hostiles" to you?

(SAINT: It's kind of weird looking at old blogs and seeing the format and style I used to use. Still though, I stand by this blog and echo my earlier point that its one of my favorites. I'm not sure why I like it so much, but I do. I hope you do as well.)

Have a great night. GGs to all!