David Bowie dead: Singer and actor appeared in bizarre Dreamcast video game 'Omikron: The Nomad Soul'

‘We’ll all be right, we’ll all be right / We’ll all be right in the now,’ Mr Bowie sings on the game’s soundtrack

Andrew Griffin
Monday 11 January 2016 15:07
David Bowie in Omikron Nomad Soul

David Bowie starred in a strange video game for the Dreamcast, which has been unearthed by fans following his death at 69.

The game features Bowie acting as two characters. One of them is a singer within the game, but Bowie also plays as another character that sees his face contained within a strange yellow body that belongs to someone who is on the run and is purely electronic.

The game was called Omikron: The Nomad Soul and was released on PC and Dreamcast in the late 90s.

It was just one of the various non-musical projects that Mr Bowie pursued — which included more traditional acting as well as tech projects like creating his own internet service provider.

Some have said that Bowie lended his hand to some of the narrative and design of the game. And many of the songs on his album Hours were written for its soundtrack.

A community on Twitter devoted to Quantic Dream, which developed the game, posted some early artwork from its creation.

The game didn’t receive fantastic reviews — a piece in Paste Magazine written in 2014 called it “a nearly impressive failure of a videogame”. But it was praised for its ambition, and Bowie’s performances are characteristically engaging.

David Bowie’s influence was felt across culture, and into video games. Some have even pointed out that all of the characters in the Metal Gear Solid series bear a resemblance to Mr Bowie at some point during his career — though that may just be inevitable, given how many different looks he had.

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