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Student helps reimagine Joyce’s Ulysses for virtual reality

07/26/17 - BOSTON, MA. - Matthew Harty, CIS/SSH'18, poses for a portrait at The Fens on July 26, 2017. Harty helped design a VR game based on James Joyce's book Ulysses. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
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Anyone who’s read (or attempted to read) James Joyce’s Ulysses knows that it is a herculean undertaking. The book, considered to be one of the most important works of modernist literature, is dense with references and made-up words. Goodreads, a social media platform of sorts for bookworms, ranks it as the No. 1 most difficult novel to read.

Enter Joycestick, a virtual reality game that presents the text in a whole new way.

Matthew Harty, CIS/SSH’18, who played a key role in designing the game, described the goal of the project as “creating a better way for people to get their feet wet with Ulysses, as well as a way for people who know Ulysses to deepen their understanding of it.”

Read the full article at News@Northeastern.

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