A Look at the Major Influences Behind Your Favorite Video Games

Earlier works of fiction that inspired the video games we know and love today

Stephen King has had a resounding impact on gaming, influencing everything from Earthbound and Silent Hill to Super Mario Sunshine.

In 1998, arguably the best year for video games, the author’s work inspired one of the most innovative first-person shooters ever made, Half-Life – a relatively realistic shooter which prioritised storytelling over mindless carnage, distancing it from previous entries in the genre, such as Doom, Wolfenstein 3D and Duke Nukem.

In particular, Half-Like took numerous cues from The Mist – a short-story in which a small town is invaded by creatures from another dimension. In the game, players assumes the role of Doctor Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist inadvertently responsible for causing a resonance cascade, opening a bridge between dimensions and allowing extra-terrestrial invaders to launch an offensive on the Black Mesa Institute.

The working title for Half-Life during development was Quiver, which was the name of a military base in King’s novel.

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