Some Inca trivia facts

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Some Inca trivia facts

Post by Rakeesh » Mon Nov 16, 2015 8:19 am

Hello people after all this time. I guess I haven't been here for a year or more. :)

Well I made some trivial discovery and I needed to share with someone. :P

All characters in the Inca games are portrayed by actors, either as digitized photographs or as motion captured FMVs. The main character is a "golden man" named El Dorado. In the original game he doesn't seem to be an actor but rather a "mask" or computer-generated.

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today I stumbled upon some pictures, a couple of busts of Mayan king Pakal the Great. Of course the Inca games are all about Incas, not Mayans, but the similarity is so great, which reveals that digitized photographs of Pakal's bust(s) were the basis for the El Dorado pictures.
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Notice that El Dorado's "sideburn" is actually the lower part of Pakal's headpiece :)

Another view of the Pakal bust
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The Inca games have been so hollow and obscure that there is no behind-the-scenes information about these, or at least none I am aware of. So I am very happy I made this discovery, and I hope someone finds it interesting :)

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Re: Some Inca trivia facts

Post by Collector » Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:42 am

Interesting. That is probably is the inspiration for it. If you look, Incan art is more stylized https://www.google.com/search?safe=off& ... 0ncjoUTSOM
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Re: Some Inca trivia facts

Post by Rakeesh » Mon Nov 16, 2015 12:59 pm

What beats me is that El Dorado's screenshot has been touched up to realistically resemble a metallic/golden surface, so it's not just a digitized photograph of the bust.

another funny thing I've discovered about the first Inca game.

In the digital soundtrack, there is a track with the weird title "Katchampa".
The music mus be heard during the "trench run" where you are pursued by Spaniard ships, however I was curious about the name, as there is no character, place or thing named Katchampa in the game. As a word it sounded like S. American Spanish, or Quechua or some other native American language, but no google search provided anything about it.

As i discovered, with the help with a Greek friend, there is an old, cult musical duo called "Katsampa Brothers" who became famous in Greece singing Latin and flamenco songs (you can hear them at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxeGCZBkQ04). At first I thought that "katsampa" was the artists' stage name, so named after some Spanish or Latin thing (same thing I thought for that "katchampa" music track), but it turned out it is the brothers' actual family name.

Although I still can't see a connection, the similarity is interesting. Perhaps Charles Callet or Gilles Douieb (the "Inca" musicians) were aware of the Katsampa brothers and tributed them with this track? Perhaps it was inspired after one of their songs?

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Re: Some Inca trivia facts

Post by Collector » Mon Nov 16, 2015 2:49 pm

It is hard to track down any current information about Charles Callet, just a few things linking to his gameography. I did find this page in French, which I ran through Google Translate - https://translate.google.com/translate? ... t=&act=url which had this image of him.
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