Here’s a great read [link via Backwards City]: IGN’s 5-page article The Influence of Literature and Myth in Videogames.
“It’s hard to name a single science fiction author, but Robert Heinlein would be at the top of the list,” said Hennig. “He and other classic sci-fi writers like Larry Niven, E.E. Smith and Orson Scott Card have had a huge influence on the development of the science fiction genre in games, from the first mainframe computer games to Halo.”
There have been a few direct collaborations between game developers and science fiction writers. Though it didn’t fare well critically or commercially, Advent Rising was a rare collaboration between science fiction writer Orson Scott Card and developer Glyphx. Harlan Ellison’s “I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream” was also a standout PC game for many.
[Cross-posted on Gaming Signal]