Morning Discussion

By Xav de Matos, Aug 27, 2010 5:00am PDT This morning I finally cracked open my copy of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky's "Roadside Picnic." Fascinating stuff. I'll probably polish the book off in a lunch break or two, since it's so short.

I became interested in the novel after playing the first game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R series. The GSC Game World-developed franchise is loosely based on the novel. And I mean loosely.

Basically, the only two things the book and video game series share is the concept of "Stalkers," a person who crosses into forbidden territory for specific (and usually nefarious) reasons; and the mysterious and dangerous area known as "The Zone." That's pretty much it, so far.

After I'm done the book, I'll have to track down the movie "Stalker," which was written by the Strugatsky brothers. But, I may need to learn Russian.

Have you ever explored the work that inspired your favorite games?

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