A week or two ago during a long car trip to Vegas, talk of old video games came up. There was mention of Beetle Adventure Racing on N64 and I had a flashback of driving through one snowy level and how, as a kid, I imagined it as a setting for my magical girl rip-off story. (Probably only because I played the hell out of that game and put waaay too many hours into it, lol. Kind of hard for the two main thoughts not to overlap.)
It was a strange memory, realizing I based an entire story setting on a pixelated level from a racing game, but it made me wonder if any of you got story ideas or found new themes/tropes you love from a game.
I can definitely also say that Castlevania: Symphony of the Night made me realize what a personal aesthetic was, and that it hit most of mine.