There have been many video games based on films and comic books, but why not novels or fiction-based work? In this exclusive Old School Gamer list, we share five books that could have made amazing retro games.

The Stand: Stephen King’s classic found have easily been Fallout- before it ever existed. Whether on the PC or even a console like the Super NES, there were plenty of ways to make the post-apocalyptic tale come to life in video game form.

The Counter of Monte Cristo: This is one of the greatest adventures in literature history. Add in the Castlevania engine and it practically plays itself.

The Rocking Horse Winner: A financial managerial sim/horse racer? It would be weirder than the short story, but you’d love it.

The Odd Couple: Imagine Neil Simon’s play come to life in a Leisure Suit Larry kind of way. Could be awesome.

Romeo and Juliet: What?! Stealth gameplay as Juliet and a Beat-Em-Up for Romeo? Sign us up!

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Patrick Hickey, Jr., is the founder and editor-in-chief of and a lecturer of English and journalism at Kingsborough Community College, in Brooklyn, New York. Over the past decade, his video game coverage has been featured in national ad campaigns by top publishers the likes of Nintendo, Deep Silver, Disney and EA Sports. His book series, "The Minds Behind the Games: Interviews With Cult and Classic Game Developers," from McFarland and Company, has earned praise from Forbes, Huffington Post, The New York Daily News and MSG Networks. He is also a former editor at NBC and National Video Games Writer at the