Remedy's macabre masterpiece videogame, Alan Wake, is frighteningly close to a true Stephen King tale.
Lots of spoilers for Alan Wake lie ahead.
2010’s Alan Wake opens with these lines: “Stephen King once wrote that nightmares exist outside of logic and there's little fun to be had in explanations. They're antithetical to the poetry of fear.”
It’s rare to find a piece of entertainment that so openly boasts about its influences. Yes, we as consumers recognise when a title has been influenced by another work, but for creators, there is a value - whether tangible or perceived - to originality. After all, there's always a worry that the work that you do will be considered a "rip off" of something else.
It’s not exactly bold to proclaim that Alan Wake is like a Stephen King book in game form, especially when Remedy Entertainment has been