Five Classic Works of Fiction That Would Have Made Amazing Retro Video Games

There have been many video games based on films and comic books, but why not novels or fiction-based work? In this exclusive Old School Gamer list, we share five books that could have made amazing retro games.

The Stand: Stephen King’s classic found have easily been Fallout- before it ever existed. Whether on the PC or even a console like the Super NES, there were plenty of ways to make the post-apocalyptic tale come to life in video game form.

The Counter of Monte Cristo: This is one of the greatest adventures in literature history. Add in the Castlevania engine and it practically plays itself.

The Rocking Horse Winner: A financial managerial sim/horse racer? It would be weirder than the short story, but you’d love it.

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Patrick Hickey Jr. is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Master Jedi and Grand Pooh-bah of and is the author of the book, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews with Cult and Classic Video Game Developers," from leading academic and non-fiction publisher McFarland and Company. He is currently the Assistant Director of the Journalism Program at Kingsborough Community College and is a former News Editor at NBC Local Integrated Media and a National Video Games Writer at the late He has also had articles and photos published in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, Complex and The Syracuse Post-Standard. Love him. Read him.

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