The effects of literature and history in today’s society are so greatly over looked. Let’s see how these to often forgot moments in time come to play in the world of gaming.
Looking Through out the ages, we see dramatic influences on our lives. Many of these influences are based on Literature, which in turn was influenced by History. So often, we think or hear students say history is not needed. That books are mundane, reading is overwhelming, and completely not enjoyable. But we’re about to speculate on the impact that literature, and ultimately history has on the video game industry. Countless think that video game creators, compose the concepts of games based on their own imagination. However, what were the inspirations and influences?
Take “The Witcher” series, it is based on the novels and short story series by the Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski. Then you have a few such as ‘BloodBorne’ with split inspiration between H.P. Lovecraft novels and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The Halo series is believed to be influenced by Larry Niven’s books Ring World and Known Space. That novelists T.S. Eliot and James Joyce influenced Soul Reaper series. What makes this so great? It helps the anti-gaming community accept it more. It introduces people to the classics without them even realizing it. May sound like your mom tricking you into brushing your teeth or eating vegetables. Consequently, novels have made their marks over our world. From the beginning of time, these ideas have permeated the landscape to such a degree they influence just about every single thing in their respective genres. For developers, to improve the games of the future, they must understand the right and wrong of the present, and seek lessons from the past.
-Shadows of Mordor and Lord of the Rings War of the North – J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy series, The first two were published on July 29, 1954, last was on October 20,1955
-Castlevania series- based off Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Which is famous for introducing the character of the vampire Count Dracula. It was published on May 26, 1897.
-Dante’s Inferno- based on Italian author, Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. which was published on April 11, 1472.
-Assassin’s Creed-The series took influence from the novel Alamut by the Slovenian writer Vladimir Bartol, published in 1938.
-Valkyrie Series (Norse)- Valkyrie’s are known as “the Chooser of the fallen or slain”, any of a group of maidens who served the god Odin. They bring the fallen warriors to Valhalla and Fólkvangr in Asgard.
-God of War (Greek)- Ares, is the God of War. The Spartans viewed him as a model soldier.
-Asura’s Wrath (Hindu and Buddhist) Asura is a member of a class of divine beings in the Vedic period, which in Indian mythology tend to be evil and in Hindu they are power seeking deities.
-Civilization- shows the development of the world
-Age of Empires- builds the world throughout the ages,
-Assassin’s Creed III:Liberation- The game is set between 1765 and 1777, around the end of the French and Indian War. The entire Franchise has a history associated with them.
-Call of Duty franchise- is based on WW2 , with the exception of Modern Warfare 1 and 2 (based off of future war to come).
You are probably wondering, why in the world are we sharing all of this with you? There are always two sides to every story. It’s at your fingertips, all of the adventure, wonder, excitement, romance, and even warfare and chaos. You’ve played the games, now why not try their inspirations?