Ever wonder where some video game inspirations come from? Here are 4 video games that are based on real life events. I did a lot of research on this, and since I couldn’t exactly say the entire story for all (since they’re very long and horrifying), I just gave a summary of it. I wanted to do more games but Youtube doesn’t like horror games, they flag them.
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4. Until Dawn (Wendigos)
Until Dawn is a drama survival horror adventure game that takes place in Western Canada. A group of teenage friends go on a vacation in a cabin on Blackwood Mountain. After a prank gone wrong, Hannah Washington runs out of the cabin and into the woods. Her twin sister Beth, follows her and tries to bring her back. Just when they reunite, they are then chased off a cliff to their deaths by something in the woods.
A year later, the group returns to the cabin for a reunion and the anniversary of missing twin sisters Hannah and Beth. After a series of peril with the group, they then discover the true horror of the cursed mountain. They learn about the horrifying creatures, the Wendigos.
Wendigos are actually based on Algonquian folklore. The Wendigo is a cannibal monster. It is believed to be in the northern forests of the Atlantic Coast and Great Lakes Regions of both in Canada and United States. The Wendigo’s description varies, some describe them as having characteristics of a human, some with long limbs, glowing eye, long fangs, long tounges, decaying skin, and thinning hair. It is also said that the wendigo is an evil spirit that possess humans which then transforms them into something monstrous and historically associate with cannibalism, murder, greed, and cultural taboos.
A Cree Indigenous man named Jack Fiddler was considered to be the most famous Wendigo hunter and a famous shaman for his abilities fo protect his people from spells and to conjure animals. Jack has claimed to have killed 14 wendigos, some were sent against his people by an enemy shaman.
By the beginning of the 20th century, the Sucker people were among the only Indigenous people in North America living in a traditional manner with almost no goverment imposition. In October 1907. Jack and Joseph, his brother, were arrested for murder. They were charged with the murder of Joseph’s daughter-in-law, the year before, who they believed was possessed by the wendigo spirit and in the process of transforming into one.
On September 30th, Jack escaped and hung himself nearby. Joseph Fiddler was still on trail. Angus Rae, and eyewitness testifed that the woman was killed from an incurable illness and that the Sucker people were unaware of Canadian law.
Explaining the Wendigo, Rae also explained that Jack and Joseph Fiddler were the ones who would euthanize those will bad illnesses and to prevent wendigos. Despite this, Joseph Fiddler was found guilty and sentence to death. Without their leaders, this caused the Sucker people to accept Canadian government rule.
3. Watch Dogs 2 (The Zodiac Killer)
Watch Dogs 2 is an action adventure game and the sequel to 2014’s Watch Dogs. You play as Marcus Holloway, a hacker who works with the hacking group DedSec to take out ctOS, a system which brings harm to innocent citizens in San Franciso. There is an DLC mission called Zodiac Killer. It features the Zodiac Killer who has been haunting San Francisco for years. the Zodiac Killer is based off of the Zodiac Killer or Zodiac who was a series killer in Northern California in the late 1960s to the early 1970s.
The Zodiac’s identity remains unknown and has claimed to have murdered 37 people. There have only been 5 confirmed murders, 2 injured, and possibly 20-28 dead by the police in Northern California in 1968 and 1969. On August 1, 1969, 2 letters were sent by the killer to Vallejo Times Herlod, the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner. The letters explained the killings in detail to prove they were from the killer. The letters were also signed with a symbol, a circle with a cross in the middle, marking the zodiac’s mark. Along with this letter were 3 different cryptic codes, which according to him would reveal his identity. The killer demanded that the letters be printed on each paper’s front page or he would kill again.
On August 8th, 1969 the codes were decyphered and read:
“I like killing people because it is so much fun it is more fun than killing wild game in the forrest because man is the most dangeroue anamal of all to kill something gives me the most thrilling experence it is even better than getting your rocks off with a girl the best part of it is thae when I die I will be reborn in paradice and thei have killed will become my slaves I will not give you my name because you will try to sloi down or atop my collectiog of slaves for my afterlife”
The final letter from the zodiac was sent to the Chronicle on January 29, 1974 praising The Exorcist movie saying it was “the best saterical comedy that I have ever seen”. The letter also included a verse from The Mikado with an unsual symbol at the bottom which still remains unsolved. He also included a scored “Me=37, SFPD=0”.
2. LA Noire (Black Dahlia Killer)
L.A Noire is an action adventure detective game that takes place in Los Angeles in 1947. You play as a detective Cole Phelps and solve crimes across LA. A lot of the crimes which Cole solves are actually based on real events that took place around the same time. One villain in the game called the Black Dahlia killer is based off of the most gruseome of America’s cold case, The Black Dahlia.
Elizabeth Short or known as “The Black Dahlia” was a woman who was found murdered in Leimert Park in Los Angeles, California in 1947. Her body was found naked in two pieces, and position purposfully on a vacant lot. Medical examiners determined she had been dead for 10 hours prior and the body had been washed by the killer. er body was completely drained of blood and her face was slashed from the corners of her mouth to her ear alone with other cuts across her body. There are more horrible things done to her body… but it’s honestly too gross and horrifying to say.
Investegators were convicned it was someone she knew due to the mutilations on her body, it seemed like revenge on Elizabeth. On January 23, 1947, the Examier recieved a call from a man claiming to be Elizabeth’s killer. He said he didn’t like how the story was told in the papers then offered to mail proof that he was the killer. The following day the examiner recieved an annoymous package with Elizabeth’s birth certificate, business cards, photographs and an address book with the name Mark Hansen on it, who now became the prime suspect. Soon after various newspaper offices started recieveing letters written in magazine clippings, one which read “I will give up Dahlia killings if I get 1- years. Don’t try to find me.”
Unfortnately the case remains unsolved but remains open for any new evidence, but since this murder is decades old, there’s only but a small chance of this case being solved.
1. Outlast 2 (Jonestown Massacre)
Outlast 2 is a first person survival horror game. You play as Black Langermann , a journalist, who was exploring the murder of a pregnant woman known as Jane Doe with her wife, Lynn. During their investigation, the helicopter they were on crashed, leaving Blake to be seperated from his wife. After desperately looking for his wife, Blake ends up in a nerby town called Temple Gate, a cult where people sacrificed their children to God. The cult leader Papa Knoth claims Temple Gate as the mouth of hell and that Lynn was pregnant with the anti christ.
Outlast 2’s story is actually inspried by the Jonestown Massacre. Jim Jones founded the Peoples Temple in 1956. A radically integrated church focusing on helping people in need. Jones had a vision of a world where everyone lived together in harmony while working for the common good. Eventually due to negative attention, Jones moved the Peoples Temple to Jonestown in Guyana. Jonestown was meant to be a utopia or a haven, but things quickly changed.
Eventually this caused Congressman Leo Ryan, reporters and concerned loved ones decided to go over to Jonestown to see what is going on. With their presence and the fact that people within Jonestown wanted to leave caused Jones to unravel. On November 18th, 1978, this then led him to attack the defectors, reports and Congressman himself at the airport by shooting and killing them. Afterwards Jim Jones instructed the members of the Peoples Temple to commit a “revolutionary suicide” by cyanide poisoning. He told his guards that if anyone refused the poison, to shot them. Jim Jones himself was shot in the head by a guard, and not by himself. About 918 people died, including children, only a handful of people survived, both from the airport attack and in Jonestown.