#1 Posted by mordukai (7816 posts) -

For example: 
I know someone who refuses to play platformers because he suffers from acrophobia (fear of heights). Even though he is fully aware that no harm will come to him he still cannot bring himself to playing them. He saw me playing inFAMOUS and he would not stop cringing. 
 
I used to be mildly afraid of heights until I got a job working on scaffolding in order to deal with it. 

#2 Posted by Coltonio7 (3214 posts) -

Shitshitshitshi-fuuuckaphobia: Fear of dudes with armor and shotguns.

#3 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -

Do horror games count as a phobia?  
 
Also I'm kind of scared of games with bad graphics. They make me physically sick. 

#4 Posted by Red12b (9342 posts) -
@Mordukai:  
No, but, I dunno, maybe sometimes.
#5 Posted by mordukai (7816 posts) -
@Geno: So games like System SHock 2 are out of the question for you? Stop being so shallow Geno. Games are not all about the graphics. Gameplay is what counts, that's why they are called games and not graphs. 
#6 Posted by Seedofpower (3996 posts) -

Deep water.  Games that have deep water where its hard to see  freak me out. I always think that something is gonna come out and surprise me. That also goes with real life though.

#7 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6948 posts) -

I wouldn't call it a phobia, but horror games tend to disturb me a lot more than literature or movies.  I think it has to do something with actually being in control of the character.  Even something like Left 4 Dead will tend to scare the daylights out of me, and I'm a grown man.
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#8 Edited by Geno (6768 posts) -
@Mordukai said:

" @Geno: So games like System SHock 2 are out of the question for you? Stop being so shallow Geno. Games are not all about the graphics. Gameplay is what counts, that's why they are called games and not graphs.  "

There are plenty of games out there with good graphics and good gameplay, so there's rarely an excuse for lacking in either. And SS2 looked great for its time. I probably wouldn't go back to play it now, but that's because gameplay and storytelling has evolved as well. 
#9 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -

I'm kind of scared of deep water, so in some games this shows. For example, I was fucking terrified of some of the water-based Colossi in Shadow of The Colossus, because it was done so damn well (and creepily).
 
Not being able to see the entire monster, just bits and pieces.....damn. It doesn't come up in most games but in some (SoTC and Half-Life 1) it was extremely apparent.
 
Funny story about HL1-one of the first times I ever encountered the shark monster thing, I was either out of Crossbow ammo or I didn't have the weapon yet......but I did have several C4 packs. I spent the next five or so minutes "fishing" with highly explosive materials. My brother was laughing pretty good about it, IIRC.

#10 Posted by Branthog (5717 posts) -

I'm not a fan of levels in games with extreme heights. It's not "heights" per-se. It's how I'm situated in the. For example, air combat? No problem. Mirror's Edge? Not much of a problem. But a few levels in Quake III and a couple areas of of Uncharted 2? I wasn't digging those so much. Essentially, any extreme height where it enhances the sense of "oh shit, I'm going to fall off" kind of freaks me out.

#11 Posted by FirePrince (1772 posts) -

Deep water with zero line of sight,and HUGE-ASS BOSSES IN A FIRST PERSON GAME.God,i get scared when i see something that covers the hole map,looks hideous,and make me run 2 km to get to him,so i usually admire the dirt.
#12 Posted by Shirogane (3593 posts) -

Spiders, they're in EVERY FREAKIN RPG IN EXISTENCE!!! WHYYY!! 
 
I totally freaked out and got killed by an elite spider mob in WoW once...
#13 Posted by Claude (16626 posts) -

Multiplayer games, I get very nervous even thinking about it. I'm sweating bullets before a Mario Kart Wii game online. I can't play TF2 on the PC because of this. I just can't, well, do it.

#14 Posted by Akeldama (4334 posts) -

Demon's Souls for a little bit. Im proud to say i have conquered that phobia.

#15 Posted by Brunchies (2501 posts) -

I guess horror games if they count and monsters sneaking up behind me in games like dead space.

#16 Edited by kingclaw (783 posts) -

 Hunter gamma

I have this kind of phobia to frogs, so when I was little playing Resi 3 the part when a hunter gamma comes for you, really made me sick.  I let playing for a few days but after a while the no-so-real grafics of the psone didnt scare me anymore. But if today in a HD game a giant frog comes after me, im sure i will stop playing that game for a long time.
#17 Posted by c1337us (5877 posts) -
@Mordukai said:
" @Geno: So games like System SHock 2 are out of the question for you? Stop being so shallow Geno. Games are not all about the graphics. Gameplay is what counts, that's why they are called games and not graphs.  "
I enjoy the hell out of a good graph.
#18 Posted by TheMustacheHero (6649 posts) -

Horror games, creepy atmosphere.

#19 Posted by mordukai (7816 posts) -
@c1337us said:
" @Mordukai said:
" @Geno: So games like System SHock 2 are out of the question for you? Stop being so shallow Geno. Games are not all about the graphics. Gameplay is what counts, that's why they are called games and not graphs.  "
I enjoy the hell out of a good graph. "
I knew I was going to regret saying that. Ohh well, the cat's out of the bag now. 
#20 Edited by fuzzyponken (683 posts) -
@Geno said:

There are plenty of games out there with good graphics and good gameplay, so there's rarely an excuse for lacking in either. And SS2 looked great for its time. I probably wouldn't go back to play it now, but that's because gameplay and storytelling has evolved as well.  "

Heh, no it didn't. It looked like a PS1 game, and it came out in 1999. Games like Half-Life and Unreal, hell, even SiN looked worlds better and they all came out a year earlier. That was like the first thing I noticed when I started SS2 back in 1999... "Wow, this looks terrible". 
And yet, SS2 managed to be an awesome game. Explain. 
#21 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -
@fuzzyponken said:
" @Geno said:

There are plenty of games out there with good graphics and good gameplay, so there's rarely an excuse for lacking in either. And SS2 looked great for its time. I probably wouldn't go back to play it now, but that's because gameplay and storytelling has evolved as well.  "

Heh, no it didn't. It looked like a PS1 game, and it came out in 1999. Games like Half-Life and Unreal, hell, even SiN looked worlds better and they all came out a year earlier. That was like the first thing I noticed when I started SS2 back in 1999... "Wow, this looks terrible". And yet, SS2 managed to be an awesome game. Explain.  "
I never said bad graphics = bad game. I'm saying that there are games with both good presentation and good gameplay, so why settle for games with just one. My backlog is already huge enough as is. 
#22 Posted by c1337us (5877 posts) -
@Mordukai said:
" I knew I was going to regret saying that. Ohh well, the cat's out of the bag now.  "
 SEXY!
#23 Posted by JJOR64 (19548 posts) -

I have a phobia of sim sports games because I think they will bore me to death.

#24 Posted by demontium (5084 posts) -

fat chicks.

#25 Posted by mordukai (7816 posts) -
@c1337us said:
" @Mordukai said:
" I knew I was going to regret saying that. Ohh well, the cat's out of the bag now.  "
 SEXY!
"
I LOVE THIS GAME. 
#26 Posted by Persecution (24 posts) -

Time limits.. 
I'm dead serious. I am more terrified of god damn time limits in video games then i am of anything else gaming related.
#27 Posted by ThatFrood (3460 posts) -
@Mordukai said:
" @c1337us said:
" @Mordukai said:
" I knew I was going to regret saying that. Ohh well, the cat's out of the bag now.  "
 SEXY!
"
I LOVE THIS GAME.  "
The final boss is so awesome 
#28 Posted by crystalskull2 (436 posts) -

Any game with too many paths and many items.

I just can't decide where i'll go first.

#29 Posted by ZeForgotten (10368 posts) -

Resident Evil 1 and 2, 
Originals on the PS1, those games still creep me out :o 
That's really the only games that creep me out and I can't stand playing. 
RE 3 and all the other weirdo RE games are boring in comparison :(

#30 Posted by Joker_777 (326 posts) -

I have a fear of post-apocalyptic wastelands.

#31 Posted by Zero_ (2012 posts) -
@crystalskull2 said:
"

Any game with too many paths and many items.

I just can't decide where i'll go first.

   

THIS.


Man I get so annoyed when there are multiple paths because my massive OCD kicks in and I have trouble deciding which path to go. Reason why I can never play open-world games, seriously I haven't played a GTA game passed 30 minutes.


#32 Posted by pause422 (6264 posts) -

I really don't know how any phobia could effect someone in a video game as well...not for me.

#33 Posted by GunnBjorn (2905 posts) -

Well, i'm emetophobic (a severe anxiety to vomit), so there are games that might stimulate my Emetic Centre/Nervus Vagus thus triggering motion sickness or vasovagal collapse. 
When this occurs, i immediately stop playing and seek me out some fresh air. 
Luckily, this doesn't happen too often. 
#34 Posted by S0ndor (2718 posts) -

Some horror games scare the shit out of me. I decided to man up last year and play Dead Space...BIG mistake.
Stopped playing after the 4th lvl out of fear of having a nervous breakdown.
 
Also a fear of dying in multi player games if my stats are recorded.

#35 Posted by D0tti (803 posts) -

Not really a phobia, but not a big fan off horror games. RE4 & 5 is the closest i've gotten to finish a "horror" game. Even the beginning on HL2 scares me too much to not play it, I played 30min or so and turned it off just couldn't put my self through it, when u get teleported around that thing in the water u see for 3 sec kinda freaked me out.

#36 Edited by PenguinDust (12791 posts) -

I have the same problem with heights in games.  I get a tightness in my chest and a little dizzy or nauseous.  I love games like Crackdown and InFamous where you are running across the edges of rooftops, but it still makes me queasy sometimes.  This only applies to "real-world" settings, though.  I can run and jump around a cartoon-like world, ie Ratchet & Clank, for hours without a single tinge.

#37 Posted by dbz1995 (4959 posts) -

Whilst I love nature and animals in real life, weird mutation things are just scary. Like face bugs in Demon's Souls. Never again will I play that game.

#38 Posted by Quacktastic (1065 posts) -

I hate driving and avoid it whenever I can.  It might be a phobia, I don't know, but I also dislike racing sim games.  Although, I can smash cars in Burnout or GTA all day.

#39 Posted by Barrock (3763 posts) -

I get weird in water in games. Fear of drowning or a giant ass fish eating me. I think that comes from the Sonic level where the water comes up the entire stage and the crazy music plays when you're about to die.

#40 Posted by MeierTheRed (5018 posts) -
@Geno said:
I probably wouldn't go back to play it now, but that's because gameplay and storytelling has evolved as well.  "
Thats debatable.
#41 Posted by K0rN (775 posts) -

Spawncampphobia-Fear of spawn campers.
#42 Posted by Gamer_152 (14282 posts) -

I don't actually have any phobias and video games almost never scare me.

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#43 Edited by DanceDanceKennypants (661 posts) -
@Claude: 
 
Heh. I had exactly the same problem. I was always nervous about letting my team down, or just being plain crap, and I would choke.
 
Every now and again I'll have a brainfart for old times' sake, and bounce a grenade off a wall and kill myself, along with half the team.
 
It goes away with bloody minded persistence.
#44 Posted by Artemis_D (831 posts) -
@TheFreeMan said:
" I'm kind of scared of deep water, so in some games this shows. For example, I was fucking terrified of some of the water-based Colossi in Shadow of The Colossus, because it was done so damn well (and creepily).  Not being able to see the entire monster, just bits and pieces.....damn. It doesn't come up in most games but in some (SoTC and Half-Life 1) it was extremely apparent.  "
Yes!  Oh my God, I hated that battle.  I loved it, but I HATED it.  I didn't want to go in that water because I KNEW what was coming.
#45 Posted by Liminality (450 posts) -

Not really a phobia... or maybe it is but...Multiple paths!

#46 Posted by ryanwho (12012 posts) -
@Brunchies said:
" I guess horror games if they count and monsters sneaking up behind me in games like dead space. "
That's not an irrational fear. Phobias are irrational.  
I have this wierd deal, I don't really mind public speaking so much myself but witnessing any kind of public humiliation is painful. I tend to turn off the TV if its a show. Dunno if I've ever done that for a game.
#47 Posted by Valco (332 posts) -
@TheFreeMan said:
"I'm kind of scared of deep water, so in some games this shows. For example, I was fucking terrified of some of the water-based Colossi in Shadow of The Colossus, because it was done so damn well (and creepily). 
 
  
Sweet jesus that fucking electric sea serpent.
#48 Posted by Geno (6768 posts) -
@pornstorestiffi said:
" @Geno said:
I probably wouldn't go back to play it now, but that's because gameplay and storytelling has evolved as well.  "
Thats debatable. "
You're arguing that SS2 is the pinnacle of gameplay and storytelling? 
#49 Posted by Dethfish (3739 posts) -

Dogs. Resident Evil and CoD have pretty much made me hate dogs in games.
 
I love real life dogs though.

#50 Posted by Zero_ (2012 posts) -

Man, this thread is damn interesting... I didn't even know you kind of people existed!