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Mythos Matters => Cthulhu Entertainment & Gaming => Topic started by: Kaelestes on June 12, 2010, 02:50:36 AM



Title: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on June 12, 2010, 02:50:36 AM
I'm a big gamer - I loves them good - and I really love games with some mythos kick. These are the games I know of that show direct links to Lovecraft's work, but I'm interested in all horror titles with that special feel. If you know of any good ones absent from the wee little list I'm going to toss down below, please do share!

NOTE! I'll let the games' trailers do most of the talking. ;D

  • Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfQ-Xqt-d0A) (Xbox, PC) - Ambitious but flawed FPS/Stealth/Adventure goodness based on The Shadow over Innsmouth. It was deeply mired in a dying development company's woes, but I think the good points outshined the technical issues.
  • Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxYfyOUkn_s) (GameCube) - FPS psychological greatness. If you want to get deeply creeped out at 2AM, play this one. Best game on the Cube!
  • Sam and Max: The Devil's Playhouse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4Lw312RrXk&feature=related) (PS3) - Point & Click Adventure 5-part episodic, thick with goofy homages to Lovecraft's works.
  • On the Rain Slick-Precipice of Darkness (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_7yp6XDABOA) (Xbox360, PS3, PC) - Penny Arcade point & click adventure 4-part episodic. Episodes 1 and 2 are heavy handed silly adaptations of Lovecraftian mythos. The final 2 episodes can officially be considered vaporware until further details arise.
  • Darkness Within: In Pursuit of Loath Nolder (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4K05VGycRU) (PC) - First-person adventure horror in the style of Myst. Very, very creepy first installment in a planned trilogy.
  • Darkness Within 2: The Dark Lineage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvnbiUaxyBM) (PC) - Part 2! This time with lifelike character control!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Danial on June 12, 2010, 04:20:02 AM
I think Dark Corners of the Earth had a lot of potential, but as you mentioned, it had a lot of development issues that pulled it down in the end.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Rob on June 13, 2010, 05:06:16 AM
Agree with the comments on DCOTE. Had some great moments but was also extremelty frustrating in places

Going back to PC game ancient history - I really enjoyed Shadow of the Coment and the first Alone in the Dark


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: MartinRonnlund on June 13, 2010, 08:28:59 AM
Prisoner of Ice was also a rather good one, at least most of it leading up to the final chapter.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Danial on June 13, 2010, 09:15:45 AM
I just watched the new Sherlock Holmes film and it reminded me that there was a Sherlock Holmes vs Cthulhu Cult game called The Awakened (http://www.sherlockholmes-thegame.com/en/index.php?rub=game-sh3). It wasn't my cup of tea (too slow), but some of you might like it. If they had taken a leaf from this new film and incorporated some fighting into it (something along the lines of Batman: Arkham Asylum) then it would have been much more appealing :)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on June 13, 2010, 12:28:54 PM
The Call of Cthulhu - Dark Corners of the Earth had a lot of great moments, but as others have said, it was just a little too annoying in some sections.  Eternal Darkness is also a very good game.

Never played the Darkness Within games, but I've seen them being played on YouTube.  They look great and I wish more stuff like this would come out for Mac, or dare I say it - consoles!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fishy on June 14, 2010, 05:12:58 AM
The Call of Cthulhu - Dark Corners of the Earth had a lot of great moments, but as others have said, it was just a little too annoying in some sections.  Eternal Darkness is also a very good game.

Never played the Darkness Within games, but I've seen them being played on YouTube.  They look great and I wish more stuff like this would come out for Mac, or dare I say it - consoles!

I would not call the "escape from the hotel sequense" annoying. I would call it totally mindblowing frustrating....my console nearly went out the window there. Never got through it, even with a walk-through :(


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on June 16, 2010, 09:05:07 AM
You absolutely have to look up and play Penumbra: Black Plague. It's the second episode in a series, but you need no prior experience with the first to enjoy it (the first isn't all that great, and the introduction to Black Plague sums it up nicely.) Here's a trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvQAkXqnUg

Probably the scariest game I've ever played. You can get it cheaply in a package now on Steam. It's heavily influenced by At the Mountains of Madness, and plays out as a 3D adventure game with FPS elements (except, you can't fight... You must run, hide, and sneak, which makes the gameplay absolutely terrifying and filled with paranoia.) The developers pretty much openly admit to being influenced by Lovecraft, as the protagonist's name is Phillip, and his father is Howard.

Also, keep an eye out for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, the next game by the same company that did Penumbra. Looks to take a page from The Rats in the Walls. You can watch a trailer for that one here: http://www.amnesiagame.com/


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on June 16, 2010, 06:04:56 PM
I would not call the "escape from the hotel sequence" annoying. I would call it totally mind blowing frustrating....my console nearly went out the window there. Never got through it, even with a walk-through :(

Haha! Fair enough! I don't think anyone having played CoC:DCotE was ever able to beat that segment on the first or possibly even the second run through. Again, it just goes back to how little time the company had to play-test and smooth over the game's rough edges. There was just no money left. And it's really a shame the end result was so soul crushingly difficult, because the idea of being chased through an unfamiliar hotel and over rooftops by gun wielding psychos without any means to defend yourself is believable enough to be really scary. I think I got it down after my fifth or sixth try, but I had forewarning about the difficulty so I wasn't quite so enraged by it all.

You absolutely have to look up and play Penumbra: Black Plague. It's the second episode in a series, but you need no prior experience with the first to enjoy it (the first isn't all that great, and the introduction to Black Plague sums it up nicely.) Here's a trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAvQAkXqnUg

Also, keep an eye out for Amnesia: The Dark Descent, the next game by the same company that did Penumbra. Looks to take a page from The Rats in the Walls. You can watch a trailer for that one here: http://www.amnesiagame.com/

Sweet mother of awesome-sauce....those two look incredible....and soil yourself scary. The lack of combat reminds me strongly of games like Clock Tower and Haunting Grounds, which are both titles I absolutely adore. Thanks for the tip! My girlfriend will be cursing your name when I make her keep me company through those! ;D

And I almost forgot one of my favorite Lovecraft inspired games of all time: Eversion. Don’t let the cutesy Mario Bros.-style gameplay confuse you; things get real creepy real fast. Eversion was developed as an experiment in reexamining the horror genre and focusing on the psychological aspects of fear. I don’t want to say much because it would be really easy to spoil the atmosphere of this title, but I will say that there are 2 different endings to find and my favorite Outer God makes a cameo appearance. Eversion is free to download and only takes about 20-30 minutes to complete on your first run. Enjoy!
(http://www.thepretentiousgamer.com/wpcontent/uploads/2009/eversion.jpg) (http://zarat.us/tra/offline-games/eversion.html)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fishy on June 16, 2010, 07:24:44 PM
I would not call the "escape from the hotel sequence" annoying. I would  call it totally mind blowing frustrating....my console nearly went out the window there. Never got through it, even with a walk-through :(

Haha! Fair enough! I don't think anyone having played CoC:DCotE was ever able to beat that segment on the first or possibly even the second run through. Again, it just goes back to how little time the company had to play-test and smooth over the game's rough edges. There was just no money left. And it's really a shame the end result was so soul crushingly difficult, because the idea of being chased through an unfamiliar hotel and over rooftops by gun wielding psychos without any means to defend yourself is believable enough to be really scary. I think I got it down after my fifth or sixth try, but I had forewarning about the difficulty so I wasn't quite so enraged by it all.

And then we have not even touched the small little detail about savingpoints...how the howling hell could they come up with the idea that there was no savingpoints during that whole sequense ? Some savingpoints here and there would have made much difference there....sighs..


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on June 16, 2010, 09:03:16 PM
I've played all the Penumbra games and they're all very good indeed, though Black Plague is definitely the best.  I've already pre-ordered and paid for Amnesia - The Dark Decent.  Absolutely cannot wait for that one!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Danial on June 16, 2010, 09:55:20 PM
I think I got it down after my fifth or sixth try, but I had forewarning about the difficulty so I wasn't quite so enraged by it all.

Sounds just like my experience. I played it on the PC, and from what I hear, that hotel scene was quite a bit easier with the added accuracy of a mouse.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on June 17, 2010, 08:47:51 AM
I played Call of Cthulhu on the Xbox.  I think it took me at least 8 attempts to get past the hotel escape section.  On paper it sounds great, but to actually play, it can be a bit of a bugger at times.

I think my favourite part of that game was when you arrive in Innsmouth, but before everything kicks off in the hotel.  I liked just wandering around Innsmouth and snooping down all the little alleyways and corners, and looking in through windows.  Very atmospheric.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on June 17, 2010, 08:59:36 AM
The funny thing about the hotel sequence is that the first time I played it, I got through it just fine. However, on my second playthrough of the game, I had to do it four or five times. Lady luck was on my side, I guess!

I had gotten pretty far in DCOTE, before my first 360 red-ringed and I had to send it in. When it came back, the savegames were corrupt. Just CoC, though - I guess because it was an original XBox game. Frustrated, I haven't really touched it since. I might get it on Steam and play it on the PC, as it'd probably make those tricky parts easier. Like the damn Shoggoth.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Danial on June 17, 2010, 10:45:12 AM
There were a few things that DCotE was meant to have at one point or another that were scrapped for whatever reasons...

Such as a stealth system:

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z136/Danial79/screen08.jpg)
(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z136/Danial79/screen07.jpg)

And a Dark Young:

(http://i193.photobucket.com/albums/z136/Danial79/Cthulhu%20Mythos/coc3.jpg)

I personally think both of these would have been very cool 8)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on June 17, 2010, 12:50:28 PM
I wonder if a few ignorant players would have cried foul if they saw the Dark Young, accusing them of ripping off Shub-Niggurath from the end of Quake. ;)

(http://www.quaddicted.com/quake/monsters/shub-niggurath.png)

Also, I don't know if it was mentioned (I'm lazy), but the original Alone in the Dark was a big 'ol homage to Lovecraft.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: DMcCool on June 22, 2010, 12:56:27 PM
I really enjoyed Dark Corners of the Earth.  It wasn't an all-out shoot'em up like most FPS games tend to be.  I found escaping from the hotel to be quite the challenge.  The PC version had one issue where when you fight the Giant Deep One (possibly supposed to be Dagon - never clarified), you couldn't see the lights on the reef to shoot, so you could never pass the scenario.  Thank goodness for saved ame editors.

Outside of that, I haven't found very many games that do any justice to a Lovecraftian feel.  Situational suspense/horror is very hard to pull off in a video game.  Most games just resort to startling you and calling it fear.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on June 23, 2010, 10:58:30 PM
Have any of you fine gents & ladies ever played a PC title called Scratches?

EDIT: And I forgot to add that I found another great free downloadable game based on Herbert West. It's called Carrion Reanimating and you can get your hands on it at Zombie Crow (http://www.zombie-cow.com/?page_id=375).


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on July 27, 2010, 04:02:09 AM
In the far South Western corner of Fallout 3’s world map there lies the lonely Dunwich Building hidden by the scorched plateaus of the wastelands. This "dungeon" is easily one of the creepiest locations in a game ripe with significant creepiness. For those who aren’t familiar with the game, Fallout 3 takes place 200 years in the future after nuclear war has devastated the planet. Hideous mutations and extreme steampunk violence abound. I thought you guys and gals might get some enjoyment out of the voice recording transcripts and computer terminal entries found inside of this particular building, seeing as it is a direct homage to Lovecraft's work.

Computer Terminal, Voice Recognition Memos:
Entry 001 –
//coughing// Memo to Sales staff. In recognition of an exemplary quarter, Mr. Statham has authorized me to release sales staff early for the holidays. //unintelligible// It was no easy task to release a new acoustic borer to a market used to conventional bit-bore drilling systems, but thanks your hard work and //unintelligible//, acoustic bore drills are setting a new standard in the excavation industry. //coughing// Thanks to your many private sales and procurement of government contracts, we'll all be in the black for the foreseeable future. Happy Holidays from Mr. Statham and Dunwich Borers! Now get home to your families! //applause//

Entry 002 –
//unintelligible// Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrbbbbbbbbbboommmmmmmmmmkkkkkkk //unintelligible// NOTICE TO USER: PagSoft LLC recommends against sustained recordings in a low-frequency environment. Continued use in this manner voids all hardware warranties. Auto-dictator v223 powering off automatically.

Entry 003 –
//unintelligible// Thmmmmmmmmmmkkkkkkkaaaakkkkkkkkaaaaaaaakkkkkkmmmmm //unintelligible// NOTICE TO USER: PagSoft LLC recommends against sustained recordings in a low-frequency environment. Continued use in this manner voids all hardware warranties. Auto-dictator v223 powering off automatically.

Entry 004 –
//unintelligible// What the hell was that? Doesn't matter, doesn't matter. //deep breathing// Where is it? Where... Where //impact sound// //paper crumple// there, there //paper crumple// safe and sound. Jesus, they bled so much. But I kept it clean. Clean, clean, clean //unintelligible// //unintelligible// shit, more. Got to move. Got to keep it safe.

Entry 005 –
//deep breathing// My skin... my skin. Barely any left. One of them now, but they know I still have it. Stay back! Back, you! //deep breathing// That's close enough. //door// You, and you, too. Over there.... yes, yes. One of us, one of us. Ug-Qualtoth is returned //unintelligible//

Entry 006 –
//liquid dripping// Ug-Qualtoth //unintelligible// Ug-Qualtoth. I came, I came. Back this time, deep-temple //unintelligible// screaming, twisting //unintelligible// //impact sound// No light, no flesh //unintelligible// deep temple born deep temple died. Ug-Qualtoth again, //unintelligible// returned, returned //unintelligible// retribution NOTICE TO USER: Internal memory capacity reached. PagSoft LLC recommends PagMem LLC for all your data storage needs. Please contact your administrator for details.

Entry 007 –
.......software version is v223
.......configured to user voice: H. Granger
.......onomatopoeia dictation is OFF
.......phonetic spelling parser is OFF (auto-correct ON)

Computer Terminal, Data Log:
Here I am, trapped in a room by myself typing on a terminal trying to keep myself busy. Hell trying to keep myself sane. I don't know what it is about this place, but I want to get out of here. Yeah, get out of here -- I can't even bring myself to open that damn door again. I hear those things wandering around outside, sniffing, screaming, doing whatever they do. When I first got here I thought the place was abandoned and went around looking for anything to scavenge. Five minutes later, I'm in this room scared half out of my mind. Things started chasing me, I fired a few shots, missed, and ran through the darkness. Ahh shit. Told ol' Billy to meet me here and bring some extra ammo and grenades. That was three days ago, poor guy probably didn't make it too far. Those things better have given him a quick death. Listen to me, babbling like a damn fool. Billy's all right. I'll just stick here until those things go away and meet up with him. Hah, what a story I have for him.

Jaime's Voice Log:
01 – “Why the hell would he come all the way out here? Dad's been a little nuts for some time now, but not like this; leaving me in that crappy old hospital without waking me....without a goddamn flashlight. I made enough selling the meds we scrounged to have kept us both fed at the colony for weeks. Now I'm almost out of rations, my shoes are pretty much destroyed, and I'm still chasing the old coot. By my last reckoning, he was headed south.”

02 – “Maybe I shouldn't have waited so damn long to start tracking him. Trail's gone cold. Going to wander with these guys a while. They say they wander the area – maybe somebody's seen Dad.”

03 – “These guys aren't who I thought they were. Jesus, they killed that family for a sack of rotten vegetables.
Getting out of here next chance I can without catching a bullet.”

04 – “Hit a caravan today. Trev didn't see the kid and got popped. I took care of Tawny right then, and put one in Thor before he saw her fall. That earned me some grub from the traders. Even better, they saw dad. He was in pretty rough shape, and still has the goddamn book. Trader says it gave him the creeps. Me too. But it's good to know he's still alive. Still headed south.”

05 – “He must have been trying to trap food here. I recognize his snares. I can make out a building on the horizon. That must be where he headed. If not, at least I get a roof tonight.”

06 – “Don't like the look of this place... Don't like the smell. Gives me the creeps. Don't want to risk a shot at the crows until I know what’s in there. Sneaking in tonight.”

07 – “The Raiders told spook stories about zombies in the ruins. Never saw anything like that where I come from, but Lord help me, they're real. Not quite what Thor said, but close. These things look... I think they really used to be people.”

08 – “God help me. I found Dad today....I didn't think it was him, but....the face. The zombies didn't touch him. I think....he was becoming like them. Didn't know it was him until I found that old book near him. No more killing. I just need to go. Can't forget the book. All I have left of him. It's warm against the stone. I'll just rest a while...

09 – “Sharp knife. Sharp knife to send him to deep temple. Flay and say my words. Abdul comes again, on the feast of the weaker. Feast for the Deep Temple. Born again, here. Alhazzared G’yeth G’yeth.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Miel on July 28, 2010, 01:16:59 AM
There was a series of Lovecraftian adventure games called Arcane on the internet a few years ago that I loved. The plot of Arcane centred around a cult, an ancient unspeakable evil, and the certainty that we're all doomed. Nothing more Lovecraftian than that! There were two seasons in total, with a third planned but never released. Arcane was really great for adapting the Lovecraft mythos and creating an atmosphere of creeping horror. Some of the puzzles are quite challenging, too. I highly recommend these to any fan of Lovecraft, or any adventure game afficionado.

You can find links to all the episodes here if you're interested: http://gamescaperoom.com/showthread.php/31-Arcane-%28Series%29 (http://gamescaperoom.com/showthread.php/31-Arcane-%28Series%29) (Note that in Season 1, The Miller Estate, 404 windows will occasionally pop up. These linked to the now nonexistant music files. Just close them and continue with the game. Also, in Season 1, you have to solve the puzzle at the loading screen to read the diary prologue to each episode.)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on August 31, 2010, 12:18:03 PM
I think I mentioned it earlier in the thread, but in honor of Amnesia: The Dark Descent coming out in 8 days (at a whopping $20), I figured I'd post a link to the site/the trailer. It's from the creators of Penumbra, and looks beautifully Lovecraftian.

http://www.amnesiagame.com/#main


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Chrizzie Frizzie on August 31, 2010, 04:39:18 PM
That (Amnesia, that is) looked positively awesome. I dig that they call their physics/3D software framework the "HPL Engine" :-)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on September 01, 2010, 01:03:11 PM
I think I mentioned it earlier in the thread, but in honor of Amnesia: The Dark Descent coming out in 8 days (at a whopping $20), I figured I'd post a link to the site/the trailer. It's from the creators of Penumbra, and looks beautifully Lovecraftian.

http://www.amnesiagame.com/#main

I've already said it here, but I don't mind saying it again, I'm really looking forwards to this.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on September 01, 2010, 01:20:29 PM
. . . and looks beautifully Lovecraftian.

What it looks is stupid scary! I'm going to have to invite several friends over during the middle of the day and keep an open phone line for calls to my mother to get through this one! And $20? I hate that so many horror games are getting the price shaft as of late, because that means less money for the developers, but my anorexic wallet isn't complaining.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Miel on September 01, 2010, 07:36:27 PM
I've been eagerly anticipating Amnesia for months. I haven't played a truly scary game in ages. Frictional Games' previous horror series, Penumbra, was great, but only slightly Lovecraftian in theme and only scary for the first few chases.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on September 02, 2010, 11:45:00 AM
I don't know if Amnesia will necessarily be any more Lovecraftian than the Penumbra series.  I mean the emphasis on tension over action is still there and the whole sanity thing, so what Lovecraftian elements were in the Penumbra series are (or so I believe from what I've seen and read) still to be found in Amnesia.

I suppose the name of their game engine and the direct and not-so-direct references in Penumbra do rather suggest that Frictional must be fans of Lovecraft.

Either way, Amnesia looks like being a great horror game and I love the period setting for it as well.  Can't wait!

EDIT:  The demo is now available.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Miel on September 07, 2010, 11:38:46 PM
The game looks great so far! The atmosphere is very Lovecraftian, what with the pulsating horrors, the unseen enemies, and the emphasis on forgetting.

I didn't find it too scary, even with headphones and in a dark room. I think I've been desensitised. My neighbour ringing a cowbell while I was playing also helped. When I get the full game, I'll be playing it with headphones in a dark room after midnight, so no strange interruptions.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on September 08, 2010, 11:49:23 AM
Just finished my first session on the full game.  Very good so far - very scary.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on September 08, 2010, 01:30:26 PM
Played the demo the other night, and downloaded the full game this morning. Waiting 'til dark to give it a whirl - the introduction of the water monster in the demo took me by surprise...


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: MartinRonnlund on September 08, 2010, 04:30:58 PM
Water monster, you say?
Well, maybe I'll give it a try then!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on September 09, 2010, 12:12:50 PM
Anyone heard of this yet? Apparently, it's a browser-based Lovecraft MMO called HP Lovecraft's Arkham.

http://www.indiegogo.com/arkham (http://www.indiegogo.com/arkham)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: BlueBottle on September 11, 2010, 07:33:00 PM
The amnesia demo video looks so very creepy.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on September 18, 2010, 11:39:46 AM
Looks like the The Necronomicon Horror card game for the iPhone is looking at a Halloween release:

Lucid Spere Media (http://www.lucidspheremedia.com/)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on September 21, 2010, 01:17:26 PM
I've played Amnesia all the way through now, and it's bloody brilliant.  I can't really decide how Lovecraftian it may or may not bem but if you like horror games then I don't think you can get much better...


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on September 21, 2010, 05:14:40 PM
Determining Lovecraftian-ness in Videogames:
The following is a simple guide to revealing Lovecraftian elements within videogames and other media.
Simply answer each question below as honestly as possible and tally your results at the end.


1. After playing the game, did you feel there were horrors within that you dare not speak of to others?
[  ] YES
[  ] NO
[  ] I DARE NOT SAY

2. During the game, did you experience lightheadedness or become faint at any time? Or, did you at any point consider death as a viable option to continuing on?
[  ] YES
[  ] NO
[  ] CHECK HERE IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO RESPOND NOW OR EVER AGAIN

3. Did the revelation of twisting plot elements in the game’s story break the constitution of your in-game character’s brain? Or, was the final explanation kept just out of reach by slow-moving and half-crazed NPCs (Non-Player Characters), breaking your own sanity with inconceivable chagrin?
[  ] YES
[  ] NO
[  ] INCONTHEIVABLE!

4. Was there a distinct lack of a XX chromosome within the game's cast? And if so, was there any manly hand holding?
[  ] YES
[  ] NO
[  ] I AM PRESENTLY STANDING ON A MOONBEAM BRIDGE WITH A BEARDED SAILOR

5. Did inhuman monsters exist within the game? And if so, did they try to molest you with tentacles or other sharp appendages?
[  ] YES
[  ] NO
[  ] MY SOUL HURTS

If you answered YES or FHTAGN to one or more of the preceding questions then there is a real possibility you have experienced Lovecraft related or inspired media.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: MAS on September 21, 2010, 10:10:14 PM
@Kaeles
I completed your excellent questionairre for all known videogames and it turns out 'Pong' is the most twisted and unspeakable gameplaying horror ever created  ;)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on September 21, 2010, 10:53:26 PM
@Kaeles
I completed your excellent questionairre for all known videogames and it turns out 'Pong' is the most twisted and unspeakable gameplaying horror ever created  ;)

I believe it. I found myself playing an updated version on the Wii several nights ago and experienced a significant shiver up my spine as though the air of the whole world had gone wrong. There be evil in those ones and zeros.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on September 22, 2010, 08:07:14 AM
Amnesia is pretty Lovecraftian. The diary providing a first-person narrative, the setting, a non-combatant protagonist who loses his mind while just walking in the dark, not to mention what happens if you watch a monster for too long... And of course, his profession as an archaeologist and the whole expedition backstory. Felt pretty Lovecraftian to me. Not quite as much as Penumbra, which was almost a retelling of the Mountains of Madness, but the influence was obvious to me.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on September 22, 2010, 08:09:33 PM
After looking at that questionnaire, I think I would have to agree that Amnesia is rather Lovecraftian, for all the reasons Manndroid stated.

But as I said, either way, great game!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: old book on September 24, 2010, 05:25:51 AM
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more at:
http://www.mobygames.com/game/pc98/necronomicon_
http://www.mobygames.com/game/pc98/necronomicon_/screenshots
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Nekuronomikon


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on September 24, 2010, 09:28:10 PM
Is this what you tried to post, Old Book?

(http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/516XV4N4RRL._SL500_AA300_.jpg)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Miel on September 26, 2010, 01:35:45 AM
I've finished Amnesia as well. It was a great horror game, but the plot sort of fell apart at the end. Let's put it this way: HPL would have written a much better ending.

Also, I think that it makes the game more fun if you pretend the progatonist is HPL :3 He reacts in very Lovecraft-like ways to things, like fainting, barricading himself in rooms, reading things obsessively, and having the constitution of a pasty nerd living off rice and beans. I wonder how long Lovecraft would have lasted if actually put into a situation like Amnesia? Or how long would he last if he was just playing the game?


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: old book on September 27, 2010, 05:25:29 AM
Is this what you tried to post, Old Book?


No, but I think I have that one, too.

The images are at http://www.vgmuseum.com/images/02/necro.html
Better images here: http://www.mobygames.com/game/pc98/necronomicon_

I'll just up them here, this is silly.

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Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: redmotion on October 18, 2010, 10:03:04 AM
I'm going to introduce myself with a game from way back when I was a teenager:-

The Lurking Horror
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lurking_Horror (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Lurking_Horror)
http://www.mobygames.com/game/lurking-horror (http://www.mobygames.com/game/lurking-horror)

A classic and atmospheric text adventure. Possibly the first ever HPLovecraft inspired game.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: MAS on October 18, 2010, 10:14:48 AM
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The Lurking Horror
Boy, that really is ringing some bells - maybe it can still be found as a file to be used with an Amiga/C64 emulator somewhere.  Although I always remember these text adventures being frustrating as you struggled to find the right syntax to communicate your actions.
I wonder how well a really clever AI, well written text adventure would go these days...


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on October 21, 2010, 12:57:17 PM
Apologies if this has already been posted.  The news is a few weeks old now, but:

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-09-30-del-toro-making-lovecraftian-game

Del Toro will be working with THQ to make a Lovecraftian game.  I wonder if this will in any way be a tie-in to 'At the Mountains of Madness'?


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on October 21, 2010, 01:55:58 PM
Yeah, someone had started a new thread about it, but no biggie; as with any kind of movie tie-in game, I'll be highly skeptical as to its quality.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on October 21, 2010, 08:37:30 PM
Ah, crap, sorry - should've done a search first.  I just figured I should just post here since the discussion was already about videoagames.  Sorry about that.

If it isn't a tie-in to At the Mountains of Madness, then I wonder what it will be?  Does he mean it will (no matter how mangled) be a sort of adaptation of existing material, or does he just mean that the game will have a Lovecraftian feel to it?

You could say that Eternal Darkness is Lovecraftian, but it isn't actually anything to do with Lovecraft's actual work.

Does that make sense?


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on October 22, 2010, 11:48:45 AM
Would just seem sort of random for him to decide to produce a Lovecraftian game around the same time he's working on a Lovecraft adaptation. Seems to stand to reason that it'd be some kind of tie-in.

In addition to some original IPs from some AAA developers, THQ publishes a lot of licensed games as well.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: old book on October 28, 2010, 02:22:37 PM
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The Lurking Horror
Boy, that really is ringing some bells - maybe it can still be found as a file to be used with an Amiga/C64 emulator somewhere.  Although I always remember these text adventures being frustrating as you struggled to find the right syntax to communicate your actions.
I wonder how well a really clever AI, well written text adventure would go these days...

I think I've got it somewhere. It's Infocom, the manufacturer I mean.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Ravenhallow on October 28, 2010, 10:03:06 PM
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You could say that Eternal Darkness is Lovecraftian, but it isn't actually anything to do with Lovecraft's actual work.

Does that make sense?

That about sums it up.  Eternal Darkness had a lot of common Lovecraft themes (horrible city in your basement, hooray!), with kind of their own twist.  Mind-blowing elder god-beings but without any references to the Mythos.  When I first played it, I wasn't as big into Lovecraft.. now I need to go through it again and really compare all the similarities and evaluate it!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Parallaxicality on October 31, 2010, 04:14:50 PM
I'd say that it drew on Lovecraftian themes (stories within stories within stories, learning of your family history, elder gods, archaeology), and it was quite Lovecraftian in that you couldn't tell for at least 20 minutes of play who was good and who was evil- indeed, you played as the main antagonist for the first level! Not sure what Lovecraft would have made of the monsters though- yes, Lovecraft had room in his universe for shuffling zombies, but only if they were made by Herbert West. His preferred undead were ageless wizard liches commanding demon hordes, and his preferred monsters were subhuman abominations.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on November 01, 2010, 06:00:07 AM
Zombies are abominably sub-human!   :)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on November 15, 2010, 01:15:44 PM
The Necronomicon iPhone game is now out.  I gave it a go but didn't really know what I was doing.  I'll have another look at it though.

Can't remember if I've already mentioned this, but I'm currently playing through 'Necronomicon - The Dawn of Darkness' on PSone.  Well, on the PlayStation 2, but it's a PSone game.  It's point and click adventure game based on The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.  It's pretty good.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on November 17, 2010, 10:47:43 PM
I'm a little furious with the Necronomicon card game. I waited all that time, then purchased it on release day, but have yet to manage to get it working on my iPod. I've tried every trick in the book and still nothing. They'd better be working on a patch or someone's going to receive a strongly worded boot to the glottis in the mail.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on November 18, 2010, 04:44:05 AM
I'm a little furious with the Necronomicon card game. I waited all that time, then purchased it on release day, but have yet to manage to get it working on my iPod. I've tried every trick in the book and still nothing. They'd better be working on a patch or someone's going to receive a strongly worded boot to the glottis in the mail.

For what's it's worth, it might be screwed up on the iPhone too, for all I know.  I was actually using it on an iPad.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 02, 2010, 10:48:32 AM
Here's something I wasn't quite expecting.  But I couldn't decide whether or not to buy Splatterhouse - the new one, that is.  I've been watching a walkthrough on YouTube to see if it looks any good.  It seems just as gory as the originals!

But what I wasn't expecting were the Lovecraft references.  I've already heard references to Miskatonic and Arkham, and the bad guy appears to be called Dr. West!

So I may have to get it just for that!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on December 02, 2010, 12:02:42 PM
Ooo, seriously? I was going to avoid that game on the principal that it's purely a gorefest, but if Lovecraft's in there I'll have to give it a go.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 02, 2010, 08:00:52 PM
Just heard a passing Cthulhu mention in it too!

I've got no problem with gorefests, but if there's a bit of Lovecraft in there, then all the better!

It seems fairly low-key, but it's definitely there!

EDIT:  There's also (what I assume to be) at least one Poe reference in there too.  However, I'm not nearly as well versed on Poe, so there could be more Poe references that I haven't spotted.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Cloven Sunfish on December 03, 2010, 05:49:07 AM
I think Lovecraft would really dig the Silent Hill series, and I'm honestly surprised it hasn't been mentioned yet. If you aren't familiar with them, the Silent Hill games feature a sinister resort town and the people who are, for some reason or another, called to it. They have some of the most brilliant sound design I've ever heard and are genuinely terrifying. Silent Hill 2 in particular is a masterwork that, to me, rivals even the best horror stories and films. Most fans of the series agree that the first three games are the best in the series. The first game was released on Playstation, with the second, third, and fourth released on the Playstation 2 (and the PC and Xbox if I'm not mistaken). Silent Hill 2 (and to a lesser extent, Silent Hill 3) are stand-alone stories. There isn't much continuity to the series in general. While Silent Hill 2 is somewhat dated in terms of graphics, I think it has aged quite well for a game that's 9 years old. Silent Hill 3 has aged even better in that respect. Even so, the sound design is terrifying and timeless, as are the stories and locales.

You might wonder why Lovecraft would dig these. Well, I think they're kindred spirits with a lot of his Macabre stories. A cult factors into some of the games, and, not to give too much away, the characters who are drawn to Silent Hill usually learn things about the town and themselves that come at a heavy price. One thing I love about these games - especially the first three - is that the protagonists aren't some special ops team sent in to rid the world of hellbeasts or whatever. They're everyday people - they're flawed and it shows.

Seriously, if you haven't played these games (especially Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3) you're missing out on some of the best horror games ever made. And, since survival horror as a genre is dead or dormant, they may hold that honor for years to come. That's such a shame, too, because I think video games are the best medium for horror. The added element of interactivity makes the fear so much more palpable. Just like the characters in the game, you want to move forward, you want to learn more about your horrific circumstances but you're so unspeakably afraid that you don't want to take another step.

This turned into a much longer post than I thought it would be  ;D. You owe it to yourself to play these games if you haven't. If you've got a PS2 or XBOX, you could probably find each game for $15-20 a piece. If not, they're on Steam and are probably about the same price. If you do pick them up, research the games as little as possible beforehand and don't read anything about the plot as it's the real driving force of the games besides the scares. Ideally, you would go into the games with just the information I've given here. Mystery is one of the crucial driving forces for any horror story, and you definitely don't want to spoil it here.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 03, 2010, 08:42:40 AM
I've never thought of the Silent Hill series as being Lovecraftian in any way before, but I certainly agree with you about everything else - particularly regarding Silent Hill 2.  It's a very psychologically disturbing game.

But surely Silent Hill 3 is a sequal to the original Silent Hill?  Then again, I suppose it could stand alone easily enough.

After Silent Hill 4, there was also Silent Hill Origins, which was a prequel to the first Silent Hill.  Then there was Silent Hill Homecoming, which came out on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.  Then there was Silent Hill Shattered Memories, which was a 're-imagining' of the original Silent Hill.  Another Silent Hill game is on the way.

I think that for horror in pretty much the purest form, Amnesia has done a damn fine job, and it does possess some elements which are Lovecraftian, albeit not that explicitly.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fishy on December 03, 2010, 10:37:21 AM
Pyramidhead have no commets, just saying :)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 03, 2010, 10:54:04 AM
Eh?


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on December 03, 2010, 11:14:17 PM
Seriously, if you haven't played these games (especially Silent Hill 2 and Silent Hill 3) you're missing out on some of the best horror games ever made. And, since survival horror as a genre is dead or dormant, they may hold that honor for years to come. That's such a shame, too, because I think video games are the best medium for horror.

You're certainly not wrong. Survival horror isn't necessarily dead, but it is in a serious lull. The last games in the genre that were worth a damn came out primarily, and rather oddly, on the Wii - with one or two small exceptions - and not within the last six months. We had a few major hits like Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Fatal Frame IV: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse (Japan only unless you forked some serious import costs and scrounged a translation patch), and a number of under acknowledged gems like Cursed Mountain and The Calling, but those were released nearly a year ago. And we can't rely on from-out-of-nowhere greats like Deadly Premonitions to carry us through the S/H famine, because accidental greatness of that variety comes only once in a blue moon.

The biggest problem is big publishers and their 'tarded bottom lines. <-- Bitterness Nintendo and EA don't make nearly as much tosh on survival horror sales as they do on sales for their tried and tired franchises (i.e. the "Evil M&Ms": Madden and all things Mario). This is why we are losing so many great opportunities for scares. Have you heard of Sadness or Winter? I would suspect not, as they were both highly ambitious survival horror titles slated for upcoming Wii releases that got the hack because Nintendo wanted to pour their money into endless, mindless Wii Sports sequels instead. <--More Bitterness

So do as the stinking sunfish says and play Silent Hill. Play all of them. And fear not, for there is a glimmer on the horizon. Lovecraft would dig this one deep: Redwood Falls (http://blog.wirebot.com/2010/04/15/redwood-falls-sonys-secret-survival-horror-fps-for-playstation-move/)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Cloven Sunfish on December 04, 2010, 12:53:53 AM
I heard about Sadness. It's a shame it was (apparently) vaporware because the premise sounded really interesting - escorting your blind child through desolate European landscapes while avoiding terrible creatures of Germanic legend.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on December 04, 2010, 02:07:57 AM
I followed the sad, sad progress of Sadness from its original teaser trailer to the quiet defunction of Nibris, the developers. It was pretty pathetic. They had amazing ideas, but they couldn't get funding and wasted about two years twiddling their thumbs while promising more and more without any means to follow up. Then a third year was spent avoiding the press instead of actually working. There exists a collection of tragic/hilarious interviews from ex-Nibris-employees about the whole sordid afair floating around the internet if you can stomach it.

This is the look the developers were shooting for, which is why so many people were excited, and why so many of us are now so disappointed:
(http://img.qj.net/uploads/articles_module2/76545/sadness3_qjpreviewth.jpg)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fishy on December 04, 2010, 05:01:53 AM
Eh?

I thought you had played Silent Hill ;) Just saying that Pyramidhead have nothing to add to this ;)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 04, 2010, 05:19:14 AM
Eh?

I thought you had played Silent Hill ;) Just saying that Pyramidhead have nothing to add to this ;)

I've played them all and I know who Pyramud Head is, but I'm still confused!  Am I missing something?  Sorry if I'm being thick.   ???

Sadness looks great!  What a shame nothing became of it.

I've got Deadly Premonition on my shelf, but I haven't played much of it yet.

My other frustration about the state of horror games, apart from the current rarity of decent ones, is the fact that so many are coming out only on the bleedin' Wii.  I'm rubbish at using the Wii.

So, is Redwood Falls a PlayStation 3 exclusive, or is it coming out on Xbox 360 as well?

EDIT:  Just looked at the link properly.  It's a Sony game.  Buggeration!

EDIT 2:  just watched the trailer and realised I've seen it before, a little while ago now.  It certainly looks good enough to me to make it worth considering finally getting a PlayStation 3.  Alan Wake on the Xbox 360 was a disappointing anti-climax.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fishy on December 04, 2010, 06:34:06 AM
Eh?

I thought you had played Silent Hill ;) Just saying that Pyramidhead have nothing to add to this ;)

I've played them all and I know who Pyramud Head is, but I'm still confused!  Am I missing something?  Sorry if I'm being thick.   ???

I tried to be funny and imply that Pyramid Head contacted me to say that he have no comments on this topic ;) So no, you are not thick :)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 04, 2010, 12:17:18 PM
Eh?

I thought you had played Silent Hill ;) Just saying that Pyramidhead have nothing to add to this ;)

I've played them all and I know who Pyramud Head is, but I'm still confused!  Am I missing something?  Sorry if I'm being thick.   ???

I tried to be funny and imply that Pyramid Head contacted me to say that he have no comments on this topic ;) So no, you are not thick :)

Oh, right, I get it now!  Sorry about that.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on December 07, 2010, 09:15:13 PM
I'm a little furious with the Necronomicon card game. I waited all that time, then purchased it on release day, but have yet to manage to get it working on my iPod. I've tried every trick in the book and still nothing. They'd better be working on a patch or someone's going to receive a strongly worded boot to the glottis in the mail.

Woohoo!! Update! It works!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 13, 2010, 07:01:51 AM
More info on Guillemo del Toro's 'Lovecraftian' game, or games.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2010-12-13-guillermo-del-toros-insane-a-trilogy


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on December 13, 2010, 11:01:50 AM
I watched that trailer for the first time on Saturday evening and I was struck with the overwhelming sensation of being completely underwhelmed. That trailer is nothing but tease and zero content. We can't really glean anything from watching it, other than the impression that creatures with great slimy tentacles may be involved and there will be a fairly significant wait before we get to play the game.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 13, 2010, 11:21:05 AM
I like the feel of the trailer, but yes, it doesn't tell us anything about the game that I can think of.  Also, I don't understand why they've announced this now rather than waiting until closer to release so it's more of a pleasant surprise to people rather than something that people may actually get tired of waiting for.

Alan Wake, I'm looking at you.

But yeah, I do like the look of the trailer, but I think the best think for me to do now is to forget about it until closer to release.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on February 23, 2011, 08:00:21 PM
Been playing Dead Space 2 and spotted an obvious Lovecraft reference.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on November 08, 2011, 06:21:02 PM
Anybody else getting 'The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim'?

The main reason I ask is that both of Bethesda's last two games 'The Elder Scrolls IV - Oblivion' and 'Fallout 3' featured sections which were obvious references to Lovecraft.  So of course, now I'm wondering if Skyrim will have any HPL references for us to discover?

I still haven't played 'Fallout - New Vegas', so I don't know whether or not that had any HPL references.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Lambda on December 09, 2011, 05:39:26 PM
Apparently COD is lovecraftian now  :o

http://propnomicon.blogspot.com/2011/10/call-of-duty-from-beyond.html (http://propnomicon.blogspot.com/2011/10/call-of-duty-from-beyond.html)


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Yojimbo on December 11, 2011, 03:02:29 PM
I found the Dunwich Building in Fallout, but what was the reference in Oblivion?


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Genus Unknown on December 12, 2011, 11:16:49 AM
Anybody else getting 'The Elder Scrolls V - Skyrim'?

Oh yeah, Skyrim ate my weekend. I remember putting it into the Xbox on Friday evening, and then looking up to find that I needed to go to work.

I'll let you know if I run into any Lovecraftian sections.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 12, 2011, 08:39:14 PM
I found the Dunwich Building in Fallout, but what was the reference in Oblivion?

In Oblivion, there was a short quest called 'The Shadow Over Hackdirt' in which you had to rescue an Argonian girl from the half-ruined village of Hackdirt, before she was sacrificed to the 'Deep Ones'.

Hackdirt is a little south of Chorral, if I remember rightly.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kaelestes on December 13, 2011, 05:08:41 PM
I've put an unspeakable number of hours into Skyrim now and haven't noticed anything overtly Lovecraftian. Granted there are still an obscene number of quests and locations to explore, but my hope is dwindling.

EDIT: Ok, so there is the Temple of Mehrunes Dagon, but this isn't a Lovecraft Dagon even if the name was inspired by such. Mehrunes Dagon, one of many otherworldly beings known as the Daedra, has been in every Elderscrolls game since the beginning - he was even the final boss of the main quest in Oblivion - so he's nothing new.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Yojimbo on December 16, 2011, 07:30:56 PM
I found the Dunwich Building in Fallout, but what was the reference in Oblivion?

In Oblivion, there was a short quest called 'The Shadow Over Hackdirt' in which you had to rescue an Argonian girl from the half-ruined village of Hackdirt, before she was sacrificed to the 'Deep Ones'.

Hackdirt is a little south of Chorral, if I remember rightly.

Ah, okay. I haven't been able to trigger the Hackdirt story. I was forced to slaughter everyone in town, but I didn't rescue any one. Maybe I should go back and check...


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on December 17, 2011, 07:35:18 AM
I found the Dunwich Building in Fallout, but what was the reference in Oblivion?

In Oblivion, there was a short quest called 'The Shadow Over Hackdirt' in which you had to rescue an Argonian girl from the half-ruined village of Hackdirt, before she was sacrificed to the 'Deep Ones'.

Hackdirt is a little south of Chorral, if I remember rightly.

Ah, okay. I haven't been able to trigger the Hackdirt story. I was forced to slaughter everyone in town, but I didn't rescue any one. Maybe I should go back and check...

Speak to the Argonian shopkeeper and she will ask you to find her daughter - that's if you haven't put her to the sword already during your slaughter-spree!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Chrizzie Frizzie on May 02, 2012, 05:22:34 AM
It's been mentioned before on the thread: Amnesia - The Dark Descent
I finally managed to play through it last week. I was only able to play about 20 minutes per go before I would have to stop., so it did take a while to complete.

I appreciated two things in particular:
- The insanity system requires you to look away from monsters if you at all can. This means that your imagination is kept working just as when Lovecraft described Curwen's beasts as 'unfinished'. Also, since you have to rely on your hearing, you engage in a broader sensory experience than the traditional adventure game. Overall, the sense of trying to sense other beings but not allowing yourself to fully SEE them fits in with my ideas of the 'unnamable', 'unknowable', 'unmentionable'...
- The occult aspect is definitely of the 'Dunwich' and 'Dexter Ward' variety, based on corrupting lore and inhuman investigations. The theme is very much that of knowledge->corruption.

Definitely the scariest game ever.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on May 02, 2012, 02:17:42 PM
Indeed; and if you enjoyed Amnesia and haven't played at least Penumbra: Black Plague, you should.

Amnesia is getting a sequel, "A Machine for Pigs," but Frictional is outsourcing it to another developer. Not sure if that's good or bad, yet.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on May 13, 2012, 04:38:26 PM
Hopefully, more Amnesia will be a good thing.  The Penumbra series is indeed definitely worthy of being played.  They're pretty scary and there are plenty of Lovecraftian references.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Genus Unknown on May 25, 2012, 04:05:38 PM
"Lovecraftian" is a bit of a stretch, but the Dark Brotherhood quest line in Skyrim (and presumably the other Elder Scrolls games) reminds me of the Mythos a bit. An ancient cult that worships a formless god of death and entropy by working as assassins for those who know the proper rites and spells to contact them. Reminds me a bit of the Cthulhu cult in the original story.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on June 11, 2012, 04:57:40 PM
It's interesting that the Dark Brotherhood questlines from Oblivion and Skyrim are among the most fun of them all.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Genus Unknown on June 12, 2012, 08:57:31 AM
Another Lovecraftian touch in Skyrim is the fact that nothing you do actually matters or changes the course of the world at all.  ;D


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on June 12, 2012, 04:24:40 PM
I suppose that's true in a way.  You sort of have to wait until the next game in the Elder Scrolls series to find out what long-lasting changes occurred as a result of your character's deeds in the previous game.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Newton Applefig on June 12, 2012, 05:43:35 PM
The Witcher had at least one side quest in a swamp where people were calling up the "Deep Ones" and worshiping Dagon and Hydra.  There was other Lovecraftian referencing in that one.

Wasn't there an FPS where the whole thing was about Nazis summoning Mythos creatures a while back?

I know too there were some free to play mmo "turn based" web browser games that were either Lovecraft themed or outright based on the Mythos floating around.

I guess it depends on if the whole game is Lovecraft themed / inspired, or just small parts and throw away bits.  There are so many games that have sections that are clearly Lovecraftian or just in-jokes and mentions. 

By 'so many', I mean the list would be long and tiring to compile, so much so you might say "search for survival horror, and here are the games with NO references to the Mythos.", and it would be more efficient.

You know, people still make text based adventures today, just for fun.  I think more than a few of those are spook stories...  some of them have to be mythos based.

You know, technically, a BBS can be used to make a text based game, using the mechanical turk method.

In the Ziggzaggurath of Doggonet

"You are in a maze of twisty temple hallways, all alike.  You can smell unrefrigerated forgotten shrimp cocktails.  The horror is making you feel swoony. Your elder sine is non euclidean.  It is very dark. You will be swallowed by a Shoggoth."

>





Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on June 13, 2012, 05:45:47 PM
Wasn't there an FPS where the whole thing was about Nazis summoning Mythos creatures a while back?

Sounds like you're describing Wolfenstein.  The idea is somewhat Lovecraftian, although I don't recall there ever being any overt Lovecraft references in the game (or any of the other games in the series, for that matter).


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Genus Unknown on June 13, 2012, 05:51:49 PM
Wasn't there an FPS where the whole thing was about Nazis summoning Mythos creatures a while back?

Not an FPS, but you just described the plot of the first Hellboy movie.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Newton Applefig on June 13, 2012, 08:57:59 PM
Ah, I was looking and I stumbled onto Tales of Cthulhu, which is freeware FPS stuff.  I don't know if it's any good.

http://www.yog-sothoth.com/threads/10458-I-have-made-a-series-of-cthulhu-video-games (http://www.yog-sothoth.com/threads/10458-I-have-made-a-series-of-cthulhu-video-games)

I don't know anything about it but the yoggies seem to have a thread.  The download links on it are dead, though.  But it looked interesting.

I felt I should look, there doesn't appear to be a Nazi Lovecraft FPS game.  Sorry if I got anyone's hopes up.  Possibly I was thinking of Return to CW, but that has Nazis doing orthodox demon summoning.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: TransconaSlim on July 08, 2012, 09:13:32 PM
You all have to go here: http://ca.ign.com/articles/2012/07/07/slender-is-pure-horror   and download this free game called SLENDER.

"Based on the Slender Man mythology popularized through a Something Awful thread, and further spread through forum chatter, YouTube videos and even Minecraft, the game’s tall, unrelenting creature pursues you through the inky black of a fenced-in forest. Slender doesn’t bother telling you why you’re there or if it’s possible to escape. You’re given a standard video game goal – find eight pages – but the terror unlocked by discovering and collecting the pages obliterates the task’s comforting familiarity."

I've played it.  We got up to 6 pages before....


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on July 11, 2012, 01:43:18 PM
I've managd to get 4 pages.  Creepy little game.  Definitely worth a look.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: LambethWarp on July 16, 2012, 10:53:33 PM
I'm sure a lot of you have played CoC:TCoE but I've just started it and have begun a new thread if anyone's interested in discussing it in a bit more depth: http://hppodcraft.com/forums/index.php?topic=1261.0 (http://hppodcraft.com/forums/index.php?topic=1261.0)

As far as other games go, I played the original Halo years back and while it's mainly an action shooter with very little of a real horror element, it has a definite ancient-aliens storyline which is pretty much Lovecraftian by definition, isn't it? Seeing as how Lovecraft was (perhaps indirectly) such a big influence on purveyors of ancient-alien mumbo jumbo such as Hubbard, von Daeniken and Sitchin.

Also, I found the alien world that forms the latter quarter or so of Half-Life sufficiently spooky and weird that it could perhaps be called 'Lovecraftian', or something similar to it...


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Manndroid on July 30, 2012, 10:12:25 AM
Come to think of it, the Zen levels (the name of the alien world) in Half-Life ARE fairly Lovecraftian. It's probably all in the weird use of physics.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: DeadRosencrantz on July 31, 2012, 05:21:53 PM
This isn't supernatural, but check out Spec Ops: The Line. This game is a basically Apocolapyse Now set in the Middle East. The fact that you are looking for a John Conrad throughout the game is a nice shout out to Heart Of Darkness.

Anyway, the game is deep, dark, and unsettling.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on August 03, 2012, 07:22:16 PM
I don't play games based actual wars usually.  I haven't got any of the acall of Duty games.  The closest I've ever come to playing a war game is the Wolfenstein series, and that was really due to the fantasy/supernatural/horror elements.

However, I've been hearing good things about Spec-Ops: The Line, and that it is supposed to be deeper than the usual shooters of today, and quite unsettling at times.  So perhaps I'll give this a look.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: DeadRosencrantz on August 03, 2012, 11:31:40 PM
I beat Spec Opps this morning. It was truly unique. Do yourself a favor, don't allow the net to spoil the twists. Also, give the game about five levels before you decide to quit.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on February 11, 2013, 03:08:54 PM
Couple of new Lovecraftian games on the App Store for iPad.

Firstly, Necronomicon - The Dawning of Darkness.  It's a point and click adventure game that was first released on PC and PSone, but it works fairly well on iPad.

Then, there's Frogwares Sherlock Holmes and H. P. Lovecraft mash-up The Awakened, which is, of course, a port of the PC version.  I've just finished it on iPad and I was really impressed.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: wyrmis on February 11, 2013, 11:03:50 PM
Firstly, Necronomicon - The Dawning of Darkness.  It's a point and click adventure game that was first released on PC and PSone, but it works fairly well on iPad.

Was just wondering if you have played it out on the iPad to finish? I bought the Mac version, and it worked mostly ok outside of a couple of glitches up until you get into the underground sections. Found out there were a couple of puzzles that were either removed or glitched into a "finish" state. Then, what is likely to be one of *the* puzzles for the game seems unbeatable since when I finally got frustrated and looked up some hint of what I was doing wrong, the description was pretty much exactly what I had specified (this is how I found out about the missing bits, too).


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on February 12, 2013, 11:47:48 AM
The Mac version appears to be a port of the iPad version, rather than, as would've been better, a port of the original PC version.  I have finished the game on iPad, but I'm not over-familiar with the game, so I can't give you exact details on how the puzzles work.  Some of them are a little fidgety though.  I can therefore however, reassure you that the iPad version can be finished, since I have done so.

Hope this helps answer your question.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Parallaxicality on September 01, 2013, 04:47:40 PM
Given that the entire franchise is Lovecraft-inspired, it seems fair to mention "Ghostbusters: The Video Game", which features an island citadel rising out of the Hudson!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fox01313 on September 19, 2013, 08:35:58 PM
New to the site but know that there's a few little gems out there (thanks to game wikis like Giant Bomb to refresh my memories) that might invoke some much needed Lovecraftian mirth and/or madness:

Terraria - A 2dimensional version of Minecraft where you can dig all you want or mess with the stone altar to summon the Eye of Cthulhu
Cthulhu Saves the World - A rather amusing little RPG in the style of some of the early Japanese RPG games like how Final Fantasy got started which makes Cthulhu into a hero against all kinds of monsters on a quest to save the world for him to destroy it later
Elder Sign: Omens - Not released yet on PC but stuck in the miasma of Steam Greenlight (where the community on Steam vote for games they want to see) though it looks insanely fun
Magicka: The Stars are Left - Haven't played too much of the DLC yet as the main game got a bit rough for me in this top-down action game of mages with a crazy amount of magic spell combinations & quirky fun. Not your ordinary fantasy games when you can get a machine gun, Link's sword or use spells like the Blue Screen of Death (does what you think it would).

Also played all the way through two games that were mentioned earlier, Deadly Premonition & Sherlock Holmes the Awakened, both are quite good but will say that Sherlock Holmes game is rather light on Lovecraft but definitely recommended with a walkthrough to get through some of the more rough puzzles (where they just don't give you a ton of information to solve it) & while I still enjoy Deadly Premonition it's a bit rough on the Xbox360. Imagine someone making video games in Japan where they take some of H.P. Lovecraft as well as Twin Peaks tv series, blend them together with their own twists to them while saving money by lowering production costs so it visually looks like the technology was 5 years old. Despite that statement, it has a freaking amazing amount of charm & heart put into it which makes it somewhat endearing. The folks at the Giant Bomb website have them playing through the game in the Video section of their site, Endurance subcategory in the videos labeled DP where they went rather blind into the game & recording it for everyone to enjoy.


links:
gaming wiki
http://www.giantbomb.com/ (http://www.giantbomb.com/)


Terraria
http://store.steampowered.com/app/105600/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/105600/)

Cthulhu Saves the World
http://store.steampowered.com/app/107310/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/107310/)

Elder Sign: Omens (not out yet but getting support to be sold on Steam), android mobile version quite fun
http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=99580155 (http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=99580155)

Magicka DLC for the Stars are Left (needs Magicka to play)
http://store.steampowered.com/app/73058/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/73058/)

edit-feel so bad about forgetting They Bleed Pixels as it's rather cute, quotes H.P. Lovecraft in the chapter starts & get's bloody tough but really enjoying the music in it as well as the comic book style look to the story (seen in Trailer 1).

They Bleed Pixels steam page
http://store.steampowered.com/app/211260/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/211260/)

and a much cuter version here in Scribblenauts Unlimited (a word based puzzle game where you create things to help solve problems, like summoning Cthulhu)

Scribblenauts Unlimited steam page
http://store.steampowered.com/app/218680/ (http://store.steampowered.com/app/218680/)

(http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20121222071957/scribblenauts/images/b/bb/CthulhuHD.png)



Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Parallaxicality on October 09, 2013, 08:01:07 PM
\Just wondered, why do you think Lovecraft has had such a massive influence on video games, when he's had such a limited impact on cinema? It's interesting that so many feel that Lovecraft's works are unfilmable, yet they have been made into countless video games. Is there something about Lovecraft's narrative that translates better to interactive fiction than to cinema?


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: fox01313 on October 10, 2013, 12:29:50 AM
\Just wondered, why do you think Lovecraft has had such a massive influence on video games, when he's had such a limited impact on cinema? It's interesting that so many feel that Lovecraft's works are unfilmable, yet they have been made into countless video games. Is there something about Lovecraft's narrative that translates better to interactive fiction than to cinema?

That's a good question, I think personally with all the influence done at the dawn of the tabletop RPG games where Lovecraft's work went into creature design as well as going into other games more influenced by his work just translated well into video games. It does seem that his work does translate better to animation/games a little better as you can better fit his imagination just because you have more control than just filming something with a giant monster in the background of some guy in a suit. Also now with the independent game scene skyrocketing, many games need less of a budget to try some different things to stand out where a movie might be more hindered with the need of more money for special effects to get things done (where a game just needs good art/design & then the characters can be whatever you can make up*). The other thing that comes to mind is what I recall from the creation of the band Kiss, there wasn't a band like it in the 1970s so they set out to make the band they wanted to see, the same thing might be happening with games lately is that there was a huge drought of not very good horror games, especially atmospheric/Lovecraft horror games so just guessing that now's the right time for those games to spawn & infect the world.

*as long as what your imagination comes up with is in the limits of the game & doesn't break it


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Cloven Sunfish on December 15, 2013, 04:41:17 AM
I haven't been to this forum in an unnameable amount of time! Okay, 2 years or so....I just starting playing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs - the followup up to the masterpiece Amnesia: The Dark Descent, and so far it's an excellent Lovecraftian game. The Dark Descent, as has been mentioned, seems to take lots of influences from "The Outsider" and "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," whereas A Machine for Pigs seems to owe more of a debt to "The Rats in the Walls." I've only managed to play the first 20-30 minutes, but the protagonist is in a vulnerable and lonely place not unlike Delapore. Delapore describes his son as "motherless." We can only assume that his mother died in childbirth or at some point afterward. One of the earliest moments in A Machine for Pigs reveals that the protagonist's wife died will giving birth to twins. I managed to repress my memories of The Dark Descent since I haven't played it in a couple years, but now all that utter terror is creeping back in. These games are easily the best survival horror games in a decade or more, and they reinforce what you can do with mood, setting, and subtlety just like HPL's work. The developers even named their game engine the HPL engine, so they're clearly wearing their influences on their sleeves.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: 7hitcombo on December 17, 2013, 02:00:36 AM
i don't know if anyone already mentioned this game but Eldritch is a great rogue-like set in a lovcraftian world www.eldritchgame.com


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on January 16, 2014, 10:07:09 PM
Looks like a new Call of Cthulhu game is on the way, from the makers of the Sherlock Holmes games, which include the Holmes/Lovecraft cross-over game, The Awakened!

http://www.relyonhorror.com/latest-news/frogwares-developing-new-call-of-cthulhu-for-next-gen-and-pc/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

http://m.imgur.com/a/6gKGS


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Kat on April 06, 2014, 03:44:14 AM
I'm totally bookmarking this for my birthday wishlist!

Random question: does anybody know where I can find a Lovecraft-based RPG group in the Denver area?

By the way, I've started making Chulhu dice bags, so if anyone's interested, I sell them at https://www.etsy.com/listing/185259073/cthulhu-dice-bag?ref=shop_home_active_3 for $25.


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on March 30, 2015, 12:47:28 PM
Sooo, anybody been playing Bloodborne?  I've got it but haven't played it yet.  I hear it gets rather Lovecraftian...

EDITED TO ADD:  Yep, anybody who's up for a stiff challenge and loves them some cosmic horror of the Lovecraftian variey should definitely play this game!


Title: Re: Lovecraft Would Dig these Video Games
Post by: Bulbatron on February 26, 2016, 12:36:55 PM
The new Call of Cthulhu videogame.  It's happennng!

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2016-02-26-call-of-cthulhu-back-from-the-dead


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