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    Default One weird phobia (involving graphics and video games)

    So I finally got a copy of Monster Hunter Ultimate 3 (or is it 3 Ultimate?) for the Wii U.
    I pop it in, enjoy it immensely, then get to the quest, "Guts, It's What's For Dinner" and realize 1. I have to fight underwater and 2. I have to pay attention to my surroundings in case a specific big boss monster shows up every now and then and I have to swim to land and run out of the area as fast as I can if he spots me.
    And looking it up...this quest is required.
    Being underwater makes me feel helpless enough, but the boss is just big enough to freak me out.

    It was at this time I realized I have the weirdest phobia ever.
    I don't even know what to call it but, I think it IS a phobia of sorts because it really seems to scare me.
    When I see a huge monster in a video game, and I mean my character is very little or itsy bitsy in comparison....I freak the frick out.
    And not the fun, "Teehee, this is a fictional setting and all is awesome!" kinda freak out.
    I mean I shake, I get scared to blink or go to sleep, I become paranoid...

    Does anybody ANYBODY know what the heck is going on here?!
    What kind of sane person gets so shaken up by graphics?!!
    Also, noooo I just got this game and if I don't conquer this phobia I won't be able to enjoy it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lina View Post
    What kind of sane person gets so shaken up by graphics?!!
    One who is heavily immersed by said game. There is nothing weird about your fear. It's just like people who get afraid from scary movies. There is nothing real about it. The viewer knows there is nothing real about it. But yet said viewer ends up afraid. As far as what you are speaking of specifically, a lot of people get freaked out by the idea of being so helpless, especially in water. Add in the fact you're not such a top dog predator in water and your instinct kicks in, telling you to gtfo. It doesn't matter if you know what you're experiencing isn't real, be it from a movie or video game. While you may understand such things, your base instincts do not. Hence your emotions and feelings will kick in, even if it is for something "fake".

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    cant say i know what you talk about :P i only feel excitement for knowing i'm gonna beat that big ass monster, no fear or any of that sort :P

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    i don't get freaked out by giant bosses, but swimming in bodies of water larger than like, a pond in games seriously freaks me out, a lot of the time. especially dark underwater areas or ones where you can't see the bottom or top of the area clearly (so, i'm fine with swimming in ocarina of time, for instance, but i am not fine with swimming in elder scrolls games)
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    Waters where I can't see the bottom or or coast freak me out. I will most likely quit the game than ry to find my way out.


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    It's called fear. It helps humans react before being eaten by bigger predators. Game designers noticed that we've evolved to be afraid of and/or fight against predators that want to eat us, and used it as a gameplay element I guess.

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    I still get a little scared whenever I have to swim out in big oceans in games, so when I first started playing it kinda freaked me out as well. But a part of Monster Hunter is about the sense of dread and danger that comes when you face up against a creature. I think it's best to approach both the environment and the quarry with a plan: scope out the details and focus on how to survive against them.

    You are not going to drown instantly when you are in water, you have time and there are air pockets along the bottom. There's only so far you can go out so you don't have to worry about being swept away in a tide. The monster you are facing may be large and look fearsome, but just like you, it only can take so much damage until it collapses in defeat. And every monster will run away from you the little guy/girl once you've knocked it around a bit.

    Focus on find where it's most vulnerable and keep hitting at that spot. Just get close enough to it to observe it's reactions and focus on evading the attacks. Each monster can only come at your in so many ways, once you know them all, you can be better prepared for what will come next. Learn how quickly they can swipe or lash out at you and you'll start to realize how clumsy they can be.

    Always go prepared, have plenty of health restoring items until you get the hang of your foe. Fighting underwater won't be so bad and you may even realize it's a bit easier in some cases.

    Also try playing with someone, you might just be nervous facing things on your own, but with a partner it won't seem as bad.
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    Biggest phobia for me in games.


    Death traps. Where you have to avoid at all costs or you face a gruesome terrible death. One of the biggest reasons why I did NOT like playing Dead Space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkness35 View Post
    Biggest phobia for me in games.


    Death traps. Where you have to avoid at all costs or you face a gruesome terrible death. One of the biggest reasons why I did NOT like playing Dead Space.
    You should give Dark Souls a try.

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    Exposure therapy:
    Load a close safe, run in and drown. If you are still scared and not bored after 25 times doing that, you prob have an issue.

    Stay frosty.

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    I remember that dinosaur hunting game scaring me as a kid. Carnivores or something? Not so much because it legitimately scared me, but because you couldn't really tell where the dinosaurs were until they were eating you. Sometimes they'd spot you from far away and could get behind ya.

    Haha those were fun. I should hunt down a copy.

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    oh, you are just going to love hunting the goldbeard cadeus
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    I'm sure that everything that I just said seems extremely silly to most of the people reading this, but Sonic has a place in my heart and that will carry on until I die.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oisterboy View Post
    I remember that dinosaur hunting game scaring me as a kid. Carnivores or something? Not so much because it legitimately scared me, but because you couldn't really tell where the dinosaurs were until they were eating you. Sometimes they'd spot you from far away and could get behind ya.

    Haha those were fun. I should hunt down a copy.
    Just reminded me of Turok, that game was awesome.

    And on the topic of game phobias, I have none that I know of. Maybe a fear of putting time into MMOs that could go bankrupt at any time.

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    You might not like 2 of the larger bosses in MH3 :o

    Also, look up Shadow of the colossus xD it makes you feel so small and insignificant
    (The player's the white thing)
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    I experienced a similar feeling when I played WoW. Just swimming deep into the large bodies of water would give me this eerie feeling and the sharks certainly didn't help.

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    I'm veeery slowly making myself jump in the water to gut the monsters.
    I'm also collecting the guts outside of the quest so I can just start the quest and end it without wasting time running from the boss thing.
    Maybe it's not a phobia after all and I'm just riled up the same way I'd be after watching a horror movie like Jin-Roh said.
    It wouldn't even be so bad if it wasn't under water it feels like.
    If the are were more visible I'd be able to watch for boss monsters a little easier and be a little more confident that I can get out in time.

    And yes, I played a wee bit of Shadow of the Colossus and flailed insanely.

    EDIT: Dumb Wii U question, but is there a built in microphone in the gamepad? :/
    Someone offered to play MHU3 with me and I want to make sure there's a good way to communicate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SnOwBunZz View Post
    You should give Dark Souls a try.
    That I'm slightly ok with. The problem is that I don't like the whole graphic GET ****ED ALL OVER results..

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    Crap, can't get em outside the quest, it just gets converted to resources... < total newb

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    yes, the microphone is built into the gamepad, you can enable and disable ingame if i am not mistaken
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    I just thought of one game that shakes me up a bit sometimes actually. DayZ. Feel so vulnerable in that game sometimes, plus with my social anxiety problem and random people trying to converse with me it can get me a bit agitated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Espio0 View Post
    yes, the microphone is built into the gamepad, you can enable and disable ingame if i am not mistaken
    Yep, you can also send the output through your tv or just your gamepad.
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    Not sure if I should create a new topic in general gaming for this or not but....
    I'm starting to get much better with the issue except I can't figure out how to complete that quest. :/

    Are there any Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate players here that know how to complete Guts: It's What's For Dinner?
    That boss thing Lagiacrus enters and exits between the two zones I find Epioths in really quickly, and I'm trying to watch his patrol pattern to see when I have a good chance to hunt, but by the time I swim over to the entrance I know he's about to appear again so I have to swim back.

    I saw this video that makes it look like Lagiacrus takes his sweet time actually attacking you, so at least there's that.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYNS0UpwnG4 < see, it even swims by the player and doesn't do anything!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lina View Post
    Not sure if I should create a new topic in general gaming for this or not but....
    I'm starting to get much better with the issue except I can't figure out how to complete that quest. :/

    Are there any Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate players here that know how to complete Guts: It's What's For Dinner?
    That boss thing Lagiacrus enters and exits between the two zones I find Epioths in really quickly, and I'm trying to watch his patrol pattern to see when I have a good chance to hunt, but by the time I swim over to the entrance I know he's about to appear again so I have to swim back.

    I saw this video that makes it look like Lagiacrus takes his sweet time actually attacking you, so at least there's that.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYNS0UpwnG4 < see, it even swims by the player and doesn't do anything!
    Even if Lag is on screen you can still kill the Epioths to get the monster guts. Basically just focus on doing that and you'll be fine. You can swim between Area 10 and 11 if he spots you though. You can't kill Lag in that mission though so it's a waste to try.
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    I finally got that quest done!
    Now I can enjoy that game without fear of something freaking me out, right?
    .....right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lina View Post
    I finally got that quest done!
    Now I can enjoy that game without fear of something freaking me out, right?
    .....right?
    Oh no, you still have to fight it...and worse. Ganbatte

    Oh, wanna hunt together sometime?
    Last edited by Kashis; 01-20-2014 at 07:07 AM.
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