So recently, I finished reading "Broken Blade" by Kelly McCullough. Not as good as his Webmage/Ravirn series, but good nonetheless. And it gets better as you go, too. But I noticed something in his writing which I also noticed recently in the writing of Scott Lynch (The Lies of Locke Lamora): There seems to be a good deal of inspiration taken from gaming in these books, or vice versa.
Now, I am not claiming infringement/plagiarism, mind you. Just inspiration, and that's fine. The Blade in McCullough's most recent has a Shade familiar (named Triss) is a hard-drinking former Assassin who worked for the goddess Namara until the Son of Heaven destroyed her, and now is living on the run from pretty well everyone. His name is Aral Kingslayer. Some of the lore seems very Witcher/Oblivion/gaming inspired. That's not a bad thing, mind you and its not gross or so much as to ruin the tale. Just...noticeable.
Scott Lynch's city of Camorr (Lies of Locke Lamorra) seems almost identical to the Imperial City from Oblivion. (Not the city in the game, but the archipelago detailed in lore, which I am sad we didn't get to see.) Similarities include the towers made of unknown material, left by a magical ancient race (common across fantasy tales, granted) and the archipelago structure itself.
So this left me wondering: Has anyone else spotted allusions to or inspiration from video games in literature or movies? just curious.