Video games draw heavily from fantasy literature, a genre rooted in medieval traditions. These collaborations of nerd and geek culture (both specific and separate), these noble, fortified settlements inspired by European and Middle Eastern architecture are just begging to house kidnapped princesses, or to be invaded, or to produce winged beasties.

Tracing the lineage of the stone bastions back further, formative fantasy writers found inspiration for their mythical strongholds in the ruins of real castles across the Northern Hemisphere. By degrees of separation, these are fifteen video game castles and the real counterparts that indirectly inspired their creation.