My first reaction after watching the trailer - yikes. I want to be excited, because you can enter the world of Austen's Pride and Prejudice in a way, short of a hologram deck like on Star Trek, but it's also a game - with points and items to collect and stuff and it just feels - ick.
And you know, at some point, there's money involved if you want to play at a certain level. Which, technically, is what Austen's time period is about. If you wanted to 'play' at a certain level of the marriage market, you had to have money.
I'm going to try it out and maybe my icky feeling will go away. We'll see.
I do think there's a point when Austen can become too commercial and I don't want that to happen. That said, I would definitely pay good money to go to an 'Austenland' like in the Shannon Hale novel (which I read once a year and still absolutely love - if you loved it too, there's a sequel out now: Midnight in Austenland!).
You can call me a stick in the mud. It's okay. I deserve it.
Here's the trailer and the link to the game. Let me know what you think of it!