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Video Games as GMing Inspiration

Old or new, crappy or fantastic, what video games have inspired you as a GM?

Anything from yoinking story ideas and cool creatures to thematic or structural elements is fair game. Inquiring minds want to know!

(See also: GMs as video game designers [1] and 9 lessons GMs can learn from World of Warcraft [2].)

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#1 Comment By John Arcadian On June 10, 2006 @ 1:03 pm

I get lots of inspiration from video games. Pick up an old issue of nintendo power, look at the images or the claymation and just think of what it is I want to bring out of that into my latest game. If I’m running a dungeon crawl I’ve been known to use exact levels from some games just for the hell of it. I try to adapt whatever I’m doing from a video game into something that is approrpiate for the game that I’m running. It would be an interesting idea to try to turn a video game like metroid into a straight gaming session. You get into all sorts of copyright issues if you do that professionally though.