Part 1 (Supplement) - Inspirations
I think the movie Oblivion
was an important inspiration when I wrote War Games
. Although this isn't one of my favorite movies concerning the plot (which I think is rather unexceptional and even gets a bit dumb at the end), the creators were successful in making me feel very uncomfortable. This is because of the way the drones are set in scene and the way they act in that movie. It actually scares the hell out of me thinking of being confronted with one of those things, as this would be a fight of the unfairest kind, no matter if it would be controlled by an AI or a human being.
Now that I think of it, the whole "spaceships-are-absorbing-water-from-a-planet"-thing has been done before. I wonder where I saw that
When looking at the Cyberspace chapter, there is another movie that obviously inspired me and this is TRON
and its successor TRON Legacy
(the latter was actually directed by the same guy who directed Oblivion). In these movies, programs are human beings, circuits are freeways, etc. Actually, I have the feeling that Razor's cyclotron was inspired by the lightcycles of TRON. The following scene from the rather disliked [http://swatkats.info/encyclopedia/entries/special-report]Special Report[/url] episode also looks a bit TRON-like, doesn't it?
Maybe I should ask the Tremblay Brothers about this if I get the chance someday.
As this similarity is crying out to be used, there was no way around letting Specter create a virtual version of Razor's cyclotron and letting him ride it on his way through Cyberspace.
Another similarity to TRON is, that time passes by much slower when being in Cyberspace. Near the end of my story Specter makes the notion that he felt like that he had been in Cyberspace for days. I assumed that he spent about two and a half Cyberspace-days in there although it was only 15 seconds in reality. This means, when you have the feeling that a second has passed in Cyberspace then only about 70 microseconds (1 microsecond = 0,000001 seconds) have passed in reality (I hope I did the math right
). I never mentioned that in the story explicitly as this isn't really important for the reader to know.
In case that you still aren't convinced that TRON was an inspiration for the Cyberspace chapter then please take a look at this illustration once again
There are also two novels which I should mention here: Daemon
and Freedom (TM)
written by Daniel Suarez. The premise of their story is that the CEO of a video games company has secretly distributed a very sophisticated daemon (a daemon
is a computer program that runs as a background process, rather than being under the direct control of a user) to a countless amount of computers which are connected to the world wide web. The daemon sleeps and waits for the announcement of its creator's demise being published by the media (the guy suffered from a very severe disease and knew that he was going to die). When that happens the daemon awakes and takes control of the web and of the world subsequently. As the only person who could stop it is actually dead, it seems to be unstoppable.(If you like these kind of stories and haven't read these novels yet, I recommend that you get your hands on them. I'm sure you won't regret it as they are really awesome IMHO.)
In this story machines whose behavior is based on the algorithms of a computer game appear on several occasions. I think that they in combination with the daemon were my inspiration for Sally
, the AI which Hard Drive steals from Matthew and uses to control Dark Kat's drones. The name Sally
actually originates from a band of musicians called Subway to Sally
whose songs I like very much. My original intention was to use it as a placeholder until I would find a different name which would fit better to an AI. But in the end I got used to it and so I didn't change it.
Daniel Suarez' novels also seems to have inspired me in my subconscious, as the CEO's name is Matthew Sobol
. I've read the books months before starting to write War Games
such that I wasn't consciously aware of that name anymore. But when I noticed this I also realized that the name Matthew
and the term Hacker
come together suspiciously often.
So let's take a quick look at the movie Live Free or Die Hard
(which wasn't an inspiration for my story at all). In this movie John McClane is accompanied by a talented Hacker named Matthew Farrell
who is involved and partly being responsible for the mess that happens in the plot.
Another example is the movie WarGames
which actually inspired the title of my story, but has nothing else with it in common except that the main character of that movie is a hacker, of course. Well, the hacker's name is David... "So what?" you might ask now. Well, if you take a look at the cast of the movie then you'll notice that David is starred by the actor Matthew Broderick
Although I'm sure this is just a series of coincidences I would be very, very careful with guys having that name who are experienced in the art of programming.
In my next post I'm gonna show a list of recommendations concerning the information that I think should be included in an illustration description in general and I'm gonna show a few descriptions of illustrations I had to drop.