[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Laurie Hansen of the CTL.]
“To vanquish your foes on your journey through [the underworld], you must learn to wield Death’s scythe with precision and deadly force.” Sound poetic? Well, not exactly. This is part of the game play features of Dante’s Inferno . No, not the poem, but the video game that was inspired by Dante Alighieri’s ominous masterpiece. The game has been “adapted for a new generation and a new medium.” On the site you can explore dark places, learn about Dante, join the Dante’s Inferno community on the forum or blog and subscribe to a newsletter. There is a section that leads you through an audio tour of Dante’s life and works. Commentary on the site is written by Guy Raffa. There is even a Dante’s Facebook app where you can send others to, well, you-know-where. Call me square, but that sounds rather mean-spirited and certainly not poetic.
PressTV says “Producers of the game are also releasing a print edition of the poem illustrated by pictures from the game, hoping to encourage gamers to read Dante’s original work.” That ought to enlighten some unsuspecting individuals about Alighieri’s original fourteenth-century epic poem.
But don’t let the word “game” fool you. Inferno is neither game nor poem for a child.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.~ Dante Alighieri, Dante’s Inferno