Today I was looking through my game collection since I didn't feel like playing one of the games on steam I own when I came across Arcanum Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura. At first I wondered why I didn't really remember this game and then why I never bothered to finish it. Then I remembered and I honestly wish I hadn't. The game overall was unlike to many others fairly unremarkable to me till I ran across the gnome conspiracy.
To those who never played the game and still want to don't read any further from her on out unless you don't really care. The gnome conspiracy was about the large scale abduction of human women by the gnomes. The reason they did this was to force them to mate them with ogres so they could breed half ogres, a lethal process to these women.
You actually try to uncover this and make the knowledge public. While doing so you only find out how vast this project really was and that literarelly every single gnome supported this or at least did not really mind. They started with prostitutes whom were apparently to sickly to last long or survive surgery which enabled women to be used up to three time before dying. So when the king of tarant found out they had him murdered, abducted the queen pinned the blame on her and made her the first successfull attempt at breeding a women several times to an ogre, she died after the third half ogre.
They then went on to pretty much seize controll of Tarant abducting even larger numbers of women some of them the wives and !daughters! of everyone who politically or somehow else opposed them. And during the time Arcanum takes place they got away with it.
After uncovering all of this nothing ultimatively comes from it. As the gnomes simply one up you at the end of the story line with you unknowingly helping them destroying the last evidence. They then go on to taunt you about it and how you can't do a damn thing because nobody would believe it. Personally I think many people never really bothered to really think about the implications of all this.
It means that hundreds or even thousands of women were abducted, raped by ogres and often died by giving birth. The utter horror, terror couldn't be possibly imagined of this couldn't be possibly described in words. And with the mention of "daughters" it isn't just fair to assume that it wasn't only fully grown women whom this happened to or who were abducted for this purpose.
So why did Sierra Entertainment feel it necessary to include this mini arc into their otherwise decent game? So they could come up with a cheap X-Files shout out. For nothing else but this did they created the to me most disgusting, infuriating and sick story I've ever seen in a video game. Never before or after did a game make me feel this disgusted and physically ill. I don't know why I kept this game in the first place. But I today broke the cd and threw it away. This game sure as hell wont be missed by me.
What about you guys. Do you had similar experiences with other games or even worse ones? What do you think about this?