Alan Moore hints at making video game

The creator of comic books including Watchmen and V for Vendetta has hinted he's working on a transmedia project including a video game

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Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore has long sought to distance himself from adaptations of his creations, which include such wonders as Watchmen, V for Vendetta, From Hell, and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. However, he's now taking the bull by the horns with a transmedia project which might include a video game.

The revelation came during a Q&A at an event celebrating his fine magazine Dodgem Logic last night in London, where Moore was asked if he had considered making video games.

Answering in a roundabout sort of way, the magician explained his stance on adaptations. He scoffed at the idea of making his comics into movies, saying they were written as comics and "the clue was in the word 'comic.'" Unfortunately, companies owning the rights were more keen on it all. Moore played no part in the movie adaptations of his comics, and avoided watching them. He's famously asked for his name to be removed from credits and takes no money for himself, insisting it instead goes to the comics' artists.

However, Moore revealed that he is now looking at a project created with a number of different mediums in mind. While it's evidently not settled yet, he said there may be "possibly some surprising stuff happening in the next 12 months"

"You didn't hear it from me," Moore added.

Alan Moore's work has largely avoided being made into video games, save for a few low-key and forgettable movie tie-ins like Watchmen: The End is Nigh and Constantine.

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    May 5, 2011 6:00 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, Alan Moore hints at making video game.

    The creator of comics including Watchmen and V for Vendetta has hinted he may be working on a transmedia project including video games.

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      May 5, 2011 6:03 AM

      Assuming he picked a good partner company for development of the game, this would excite me.

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      May 5, 2011 6:04 AM

      Please say it's a Rorschach game. I want a hero who complains about whores, communists and liberals.

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        May 5, 2011 6:05 AM

        Alan Moore doesn't seem like the kind of guy who revisits a work he's done with.

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          May 5, 2011 6:07 AM

          Probably not. But it just occurred to me that I really, really want a story devoted solely to Rorschach.

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        May 5, 2011 6:29 AM

        I'm not often one for absolutes, but that will never happen.

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        May 5, 2011 7:08 AM

        Never happen with Moore's involvement. DC owns Watchmen and Moore hates DC

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          May 5, 2011 8:25 AM

          As much as I love Moore's work - he can be a goddamn baby when it comes to his DC-owned properties.

          See: the Absolute Edition of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: The Black Dossier.

          "Oh - I was promising you a record of me singing a song from the story itself? You wanted maybe a script - like you got with the rest? Fuck DC - you get none of that. Just bigger. Fuck you, DC."

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        May 5, 2011 7:17 AM

        Side track: About a year ago DC has a management change and was hinting that they were going to revisit the Watchmen universe.
        http://www.bleedingcool.com/2010/09/09/alan-moore-speaks-watchmen-2-to-adi-tantimedh/
        I'm fairly sure he will never have anything to do with it but at the same time, I'm sure DC will do it someday and we will see it in video game form.

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        May 5, 2011 7:25 AM

        New technology would be invented to ensure that his inner monologue never stops, not even once.

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      May 5, 2011 6:33 AM

      Alan's recent work hasn't been that great. In fact some of it has been terrible bordering on fan fic. I hope he is revisiting some of his past works (Top Ten would work I think) instead of coming up something new.

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        May 5, 2011 7:08 AM

        He doesn't own any of the America's Best Comics stuff (except League) so it won't be Top Ten.

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          May 5, 2011 7:18 AM

          I didn't know though. I though Top Ten was his.

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          May 5, 2011 8:53 AM

          I thought that everything that he did post-DC was his. He started America's Best Comics, btw.

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            May 6, 2011 12:01 PM

            The story is that when he started ABC Moore wanted to help get the artists more money up front so he sold the rights to Jim Lee's Wildstorm (If you keep the rights then you might make more money long term but the short-term pay is less). Then Lee sold Wildstorm to DC and so Moore was working with DC again. For some reason League of Ex Gents was a different contract.

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        May 5, 2011 8:55 AM

        So you've been reading Dodgem Logic? Why do you think it's terrible?

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        May 5, 2011 9:07 AM

        I loved his Neonomicon series, which followed The Courtyard.

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          May 5, 2011 2:30 PM

          Neonomicon was very good. I still prefer those early Cthulhu Tales/Fall Of Cthulhu series by Boom though.

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      May 5, 2011 6:41 AM

      This will never happen. Or if it does, it will be some kind of super abstract thing like The Path, that's interesting for about ten minutes.

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      May 5, 2011 7:12 AM

      Moore is kind of a ludite from what I've heard. I seem to remember reading interviews where he said he doesn't really use the internet or watch current television so I would be surprised if he means videogames. He has released cd's before so I would think that he might mean film/music/audio/text transmedia rather than videogames.
      Of course I might be wrong or he's changed his mind.

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        May 5, 2011 7:24 AM

        It'll be a board game where the objective is to hate any board game created in the last 20 years because he feels they are all ripping off his board game he doesn't make because everyone is out to exploit his board game.

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        May 5, 2011 7:30 AM

        Alan Moore comes off as not liking anything that isn't his own work. The dude hates everything out there.

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          May 5, 2011 7:43 AM

          L4D's Francis and Alan Moore should team up then.

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          May 5, 2011 8:49 PM

          Well, there are some that have clearly influenced him, like Pynchon's corpus.

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        May 5, 2011 7:46 AM

        He reminds me a lot of Steve Ditko for some reason when I read interviews with him.

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        May 5, 2011 7:47 AM

        So he's kind of like a hipster.

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        May 5, 2011 8:19 AM

        i could see him teaming up with Llamasoft and creating an old school magic game

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        May 5, 2011 8:37 AM

        I was there and the question from the audience that sparked his response and reveal was, ah, I think "Have you considered making video games, and if so can we make it?" or words to that effect.

        I hadn't at all expected anything about video games to come up that night and was there purely for fun, so it took me a while to realise I should remember some of that, but in context it definitely seemed to be hinting that games are one possible path for the new project.

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      May 5, 2011 8:56 AM

      he's a magician as well?

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      May 5, 2011 9:26 AM

      I always go back to this interview with Liefeld whenever I hear about Moore looking to team up with anyone. Still hilarious years later. Of course, can you believe everything Liefeld has to say? Of course not.

      http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/ill-lyteracy/rob-liefeld-shoots-on-alan-moo/

      It's still comedy gold.

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      May 5, 2011 2:25 PM

      I only read this story because of the awesome photo.

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      May 5, 2011 8:43 PM

      I saw a guy at Starbucks the other day that I thought was Alan Moore. Turns out it was really just a homeless guy who found enough change to buy a coffee.

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