Some time ago, I read and then offered opinions about Bedlam, a novel by renowned crime writer Christopher Brookmyre, which was about PC games. PC games as a whole that is, rather than being based on a particular game. Its wider sci-fi trappings and its broad humour I wasn’t especially taken with, but I did greatly enjoy its clear love for and whirlwind dash through the earlier days of PC shooters, and its careful, affectionate description of what those early id’n’Epic worlds of brown rock and alien war without end would be like if somehow made flesh.
Flesh we don’t get, but what is happening is a videogame adaptation of this book about videogames, a first-person shooter that’s also a tour through the history of first-person shooters.
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