Dark Souls Ripped off Sam & Max

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Hidetaka Miyazaki, director of FromSoftware, has been stealing ideas to put in his games.

Mr. Miyazaki is known for creating incredibly unrelenting and niche titles such as Armored Core: Last Raven, Armored Core 4, Armored Core: For Answer, Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, Dark Souls II, Bloodborne, Dark Souls IIIDéraciné, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, and the upcoming Just Dance 2020: Tokyo Olympic Games.

Dr. Miyazaki was inspired to become a game developer after going through a phase where he exclusively listened to the blues and rock & roll. It was during this period that Miyazaki heard the songs Taurus’ Spirit and Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven back to back, learning that Led Zeppelin stole the intro for their song from some unknown band no one ever cared about. This sudden realisation gave Mr. President Miyazaki severe whiplash and he was hospitalised for three days, giving him enough time to contemplate the fact that anyone could steal big ideas from small people and nothing would ever happen, even if people found out (until now, because I’ve found out).

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In 1993 a point and click game was released named Sam & Max Hit the Road – it went on to sell fewer than 100 million copies worldwide. Mrs. Miyazaki played this game for weeks on end, trying to figure out each puzzle. This kickstarted his obsession with needlessly difficult situations that would come to define his SoulsBorne series of games.

Hidetaka Miyazaki would have played through a scene that has the titular characters of Sam & Max Hit the Road visit a location similar to Alice in Wonderland; a place where its possible to shrink, grow, defy gravity, and walk upside-down. The background of this area shows a dark, cloudy sky with a large blacked-out eclipse. Ring any bells? That’s right, it’s the Darksign Eclipse from the latter half of Dark Souls III. Just look at the screenshots below, side-by-side. It is indisputable proof that…


Proof that Dark Souls ripped off Sam & Max

Proof that Dark Souls ripped off Sam & Max


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