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Submitted by Pozzle 720d ago | news

Ever wondered what the author of The Witcher books thinks about the games?

Eurogamer: The Witcher fantasy began long before the excellent video games made by Polish studio CD Projekt Red. The Witcher was originally a short story published in a Polish fantasy magazine in 1986. Today The Witcher series encompasses three collections of short stories and five novels. Their 64-year-old author Andrzej Sapkowski has become one of Poland's most distinguished fantasy literary icons.

On the surface it's a wonderful marriage of Polish creativity: CD Projekt Red has a wealth of source material to draw from, and Sapkowski benefits from exposure to a new international audience. That's why I assumed Sapkowski would be an ardent supporter of video games.

But that illusion shattered when Eurogamer Poland discovered that Andrzej Sapkowski didn't really like video games much at all. (PC, The Witcher, The Witcher 2: Assassins Of Kings, Xbox 360)

wallis  +   720d ago
To be fair it just sounds like he's not a gamer. He makes one potentially hazardous comment (some games have no story whatsoever like hack and slash) but he makes it so clear he knows nothing that it shouldn't be taken seriously. He doesn't impinge on them as being rubbish either, like The Critic That Shall Not Be Named and a lot of people I know.
Alos88  +   720d ago
It's weird, he sounds like he's trying to be polite about a medium he really doesn't understand or care for.
mac_sparrow  +   720d ago
"A story can only be contained in a book."

Not true, and having read some of his work I can honestly say that I found it to be quite disjointed and mediocre at best. If it weren't for the fact that the games had created interest in the character for me I don't think I would have finished the book.

Obviously not all will agree, Mr Sapkowski included, but I feel that the Geralt in the games is superior to that I have seen in print.

I think Mr Sapkowski could do worse than to look at the Legacy of Kain series from a story standpoint.
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TheTwelve  +   720d ago
Dude is a conceited prick, period. Nobody heard about his books until the games came out and this pisses him off. --- 12
dafegamer  +   720d ago
ehhm this is a bit disrespectful cause after all, it was him who created the witcher. At least give this Man some credit for his amazing work
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TheTwelve  +   717d ago
He should be grateful for what the games have done for his books.

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