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Horatio Alger Novel Remixed with Oregon Trail

screen1small.jpgWith eBooks, remixed works of literature have a whole new toolkit at their disposal. Freelance game designer Sparky remixed some classic literature with a classic video game–the first visual entry in our World’s Longest Literary Remix contest and a gorgeous display of creativity.

Sparky explained her entry: “I’ve remixed my bit in the style of Oregon Trail, the classic Apple II game. Like Joe Mason, your Oregon Trail team has to make their way through a rough-and-tumble land with adversity at every turn. But unlike an Alger tale, the Oregon Trail usually ends with everyone dying of dysentery.” Read her excellent submission below.

She joins 150 pre-registered GalleyCat Reviews readers who have signed up to rewrite one page of Horatio Alger‘s novel, Joe’s Luck: Always Wide Awake. We will publish the remixed text as a free digital book. Each remix contributor will be eligible for a random drawing of special giveaway prizes.

If you want to participate in the next remix contest, email GalleyCat to get on the list. Three excellent sponsors have donated prizes, see them here.


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Sparky (Jenny Sparks) is a freelance game developer who has written for Gamasutra, Game Developer, and Computer Games Magazine (RIP). She always ends up dying of dysentery.

Want to read more? Check out these other amazing remix entries:
David Foster Wallace Footnotes Horatio Alger
Horatio Alger and the Chocolate Factory
The Yiddish Version
What Would James Ellroy Do?
Horatio Alger Versus The Doppelganger

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