Music Icon and Omikron: The Nomad Soul Persona David Bowie Dies at 69

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Music icon David Bowie (born David Robert Jones) has died this morning after an 18-month long battle with cancer.

If you’re wondering why nobody knew he had cancer – this was intentional as it was a secret Bowie wanted to keep his prognosis from the public. His biographer Wendy Leigh claimed that David suffered a shocking six heart attacks in the past year.

The reason for this article is to remember David Bowie as one of the most influential icons in music, as well as other mediums, like in Quantic Dream’s game Omikron: The Nomad Soul.

The above image was shared by Quantic Dream in tribute to David’s passing, as he played the role of the revolutionary electronic character Boz in the PC and Sega Dreamcast game. This is the only game to ever see David Bowie collaborate with and play a major character.

Later in the game Bowie reappears as a nameless vocalist for the fictional band “The Dreamers,” in which he performs illegal concerts within the world of Omikron, with some of the songs from his album “Hours” even being played in game.

It’s worth mentioning that these songs were made just for the game, and were later re-done for the album’s real release. Rumors point to Bowie even having direct input on the game’s story and design, even making the design team ensure his character would “look 24 years old.”

In an interview talking up his involvement with the game, Bowie said what they “were trying to do is provide an emotional heart to the game,” pointing to lots of games having music from all over the place, but rarely music made specifically for the games therein.

Finally, Bowie also mentioned that he was a gamer of sorts, saying “I’ve played games, of course I’ve played Tomb Raider, like every hot blooded male, I was in love with Lara.”

On a personal note – David Bowie will forever be one of my all-time favorite artists. He inspired, he broke rules, and he consistently reinvented himself. Thank you, David.

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