The Advent of Lovecraftian Games

Writing for Game Informer, AJ Moser talks all things Lovecraft and videogames. This multi-page feature has him interviewing developers about their Lovecraftian inspirations–the cuts run deep, here, and you’re sure to learn a thing or two.

Lovecraft’s style is not simply denoted by the presence of an otherworldly being that renders humanity worthless. Games inspired by the author tend to feature cults, abandoned mansions, and the loss of sanity. Eternal Darkness and Alone in the Dark both tell stories falling in line with his established style. The realm of Apocrypha in Skyrim’s Dragonborn DLC borrows heavily from Lovecraft lore, as do the Warcraft franchise’s old gods C’Thun and Yogg-Saron. His creations are so constantly referenced by developers that the phrase “Lovecraftian Games” earned its own tag on Steam.

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