Blade Runner's Influence on Video Games
‘“My mother? Let me tell you about my mother…”
I don’t think any true sci-fi fan would deny the film Blade Runner as a source of major influence. As a staunch fan(atic) of the Philip K. Dick novel inspired Ridley Scott masterpiece, I watch this flim ritually once a year as if it were my own birthday. In fact, to show how truly geek I am, I prefer watching this film over celebrating my own birthday (sad, I know). And upon each viewing, I am always left awestruck. The acting. The visuals. The story. Even the realism holds belief today – some twenty-five years later. The seemingly infinite dystopian landscapes of Blade Runner are still how I envision an overpopulated future. Then again, I am a cynic. Nonetheless, I am amazed how well the visuals of this classic film hold up against all the CGI abused backdrops of big budget Hollywood films of today.
With Blade Runner Ultimate & Complete Collector’s Edition recently released on both HiDef formats, now is as good a time as any to reflect upon the film’s 25 years of influence. And what better place to start than with video games?
This is exactly what 1UP has done in a recently featured article. The article attempts comparisons of eight iconic video games with their famed precursor of artistic influence. The games selected cover three decades of gaming history as well, so there’s a good chance some gaming nostalgia will creep in. 1UP does a good job here with its analysis of Blade Runner‘s influence specifically on each title without boring us with pixel-perfect details. If anything, it’s a good read that will possibly inspire you to check out a certain game you haven’t played before; or perhaps inspire you to replay a particular game again to discover the references yourself.