In the lead up to Star Wars: The Old Republic
, I find myself worrying that I'm missing out by not having read any of the BioWare
-commissioned, game-centric novels and stories -- Fatal Alliance, Deceived, Revan, and the rest. SWTOR
isn't alone, of course, in having its own custom novels. World of Warcraft
, Dungeons and Dragons Online
, and even unreleased games like Guild Wars 2
all feature books that fill in the backstory missing from the gameplay. I have to wonder whether books based on a game are as important to the game as, say, books are to games that were spawned by those very books -- I certainly don't think I'd appreciate Lord of the Rings Online
quite so much if I hadn't read Tolkien.
So do you read game-related novels? Do you think they help you immerse yourself in the game, or do you just read them for fun?
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