compiling renowned literature people who worked on video games, & references…

full title of topic discussion: compiling renowned literature people who worked on video games, and references that video games probably made or was inspired by literature (sorry, 80 character topic title limit).

here just post about popular literature people who worked on video games!

We got famous essayist Shigesatsu Itoi (who is also friends with and collaborated with world famous novelist Haruki Murakami) direct Earthbound.
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Award Winning Miyuki Miyabe's Brave Story got turned into a game kind of. Not sure if she was actually present in the creation of the game.
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Kaoru Kurosaki had a hand in writing Wild Arms 5
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Best-Selling author Kiyoshi Shigematsu wrote the A Thousand Years of Dreams in The Lost Odyssey
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Or you can just mention any references, speculations, or whatever that you find interesting! who cares! (Because there probably aren’t that many literature people in games, I don’t want my thread to die that fast)

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Like, Xenoblade Chronicles X references Herman Melville's Moby Dick a lot, naming streets like "Melville" street, and the ship, The White Whale.
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Though I REALLY think that the story people who did that game just watched the 2009 film, 2012, and just saw the guy reading Moby Dick in the beginning of the film and from there they just decided to reference that book lol (The whole premise of that film is escaping Earth. Xenoblade X's story foundations is pretty much a fanfiction sequel to that film, though the side stories in that game are entertaining. I like Mother Fortune and Professor B.)

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Elden Ring & George RR Martin collab is exciting.

I guess we can call it a George RRPG

tom clancy

No longer someone whose writing I admire after growing up and understanding more about the politics in his work, but when I was a kid I was very excited by Orson Scott Card's involvement in Advent Rising for the Xbox. I know he also worked on dialogue on monkey island.

@kylebrizzown#18427

I played the first one at release and was actually a little bummed we never got the rest of the planned trilogy.

Hard for me to remeber much about it now, though. But I did notice the mention of the "ansible" which was the FTL comms tech in one of his books (someone remind me if you know which).


@kory#18430

Can someone tell me if this was any good?

I remember staring at it on the shelf in Circuit City like it was yesterday.

@Moon#18432 You know, it's funny I was just about to make a follow-up post asking the same thing.

I was obsessed with Douglas Adams and PC adventure games around high-school age--as you can imagine when this game was released I was very eagerly anticipating it. I can't remember exactly why, but I barely scratched the surface of it...maybe the gameplay was a bit too clunky, I don't know. I actually repurchased it semi-recently on GOG and have been toying with the idea of giving it another shot.

@Syzygy#18436

Ah! I didnt know that. Thanks.

Xenogears and Parasite Eve were both based on novels.

ACC rendezvous w rama adv game:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rama_(video_game)

EA Poe anthology adv game

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dark_Eye_(video_game)

the real moby dick game

https://store.steampowered.com/app/621220/Nantucket/

british empire apologist rudyard kipling game

https://store.steampowered.com/app/433400/Kim/

extremely good jules verne game

https://store.steampowered.com/app/381780/80_Days/

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@yeso#18477 extremely good jules verne game

Around the World in 80 Days is one of those books I loved as a kid and then completely forgot about until just now. I kind of want to read it again, but I'm sure it's filled with all sorts of weird racism that'll just make me feel gross. So maybe I'll play this game instead.

the game is very good (and consciously non-racist)

One day someone well-read with highly developed detective skills is going to expose the expertly hidden, subtle and delicately layered Moby Dick references in Metal Gear Solid V.

@treefroggy#18441

Parasite Eve might be one of the best video game titles ever.

Clive Barker's a pretty renowned writer (and filmmaker and painter) and he worked on a couple games at enough capacity where they put his name on the cover. Not sure how deep his involvement actually was but his name on the cover was enough for me to buy them both! (I never actually beat either of them and should probably get around to that one of these days)

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There were also two games based on his movie Nightbreed, but I don't think he actually worked on those.

@Nemoide#18586 very cool, I was reading Clive Barker's Abarat a long time ago and was having a good time, but then school stuff got in the way and I completely forgot about it. I’m sure it’s still somewhere in my house, and I’m looking forward to picking it back up now!

There‘s the game adaptation of Harlan Ellison’s I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, which Ellison not only collaborated on, but also provided voice acting for.

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