Just occasionally, my love of reading gives me a bit of insight into gaming.
Back when I first heard the premise of Naughty Dog's new PS3 exclusive project, The Last Of Us , I immediately thought of Cormac McCarthy's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Road." There are some very obvious similarities, including the partnership between Joel and Ellie (although in the book, it was a father and his son).
Now, a Reddit user has located an Easter Egg in the game that may prove McCarthy's book was a major inspiration for the game. Just click the link at the end of the post, and you'll see an image of two books, one of which is "The Road." This was found in Ellie's backpack, apparently. For the record, in the novel, there is no nasty virus that turns humans into freakish monsters, nor is there a specifically defined reason as to why civilization has come to an end. It's purposely vague on that point.
But I've always thought the inspiration was clear. And if you loved The Last Of Us , I strongly recommend you read "The Road." It's a very quick read and I doubt you'll be disappointed.
Related Game(s): The Last Of Us