After watching Dinosaur Revolution, episode one, I was struck with the similarity one scene had to a particular game. One of the creatures depicted, one Gigantoraptor erlianensis (which I’ve discussed before) is shown with a bizarre “mating dance,” reminiscent of the extant lyrebirds. This animal, however, is shown sporting some unusual equipment.
The bizarre blue, fleshy apparatus is a modified dewlap, something one doesn’t regularly see in such extremes, but rather as flappy appendages. But these inflate. Inflatable gular sacs in a bird-like theropod?
I have family who play games, and as such I tend to watch them play. One game is the Monster Hunter series by Capcom, in which players hunt “monsters” in a sort of MMO-style dungeon-crawler, although unlike many of MMO games the fighting is relatively unscripted. In it, there is a “monster” called Qurupeco:
The similarities are eerie, although I do not presume they are intentional.
Edit: I meant to add this descriptive element, but posted first. Oops.
Qurupeco is also an interesting encounter in the game, as it has a tendency to mimic the sounds of other monsters, and this tends to summon them. The behavior it exhibits is not mating behavior, however, but threat or “summoning” signs: The huge throat sac makes sounds a la elephant seal nasal sacs, which it also has. Moreover, the tail bears a broad “fan” of expansive flesh, rather than feathers. It’s bipedal, has large (albeit fleshy) wings [the “monsters” of the game are separated into “dragon” and “false drake” and other lineages of plausible yet arcane physiology], and looks like nothing more than a toothy large Gigantoraptor.
Now, there are additional reasons to consider the similarities, but I will get to them in a while. There’s more to say, and this post was certainly inspired by future presentations at SVP, but must wait for those presentations to occur, and the embargo to be lifted.