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« Reply #30 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
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« Reply #31 on: September 11, 2010, 07:33:00 PM »

The amnesia demo video looks so very creepy.
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« Reply #32 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:

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« Reply #33 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...
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« Reply #34 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.
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« Reply #35 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  Wink
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« Reply #36 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  Wink

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.
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« Reply #37 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.
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« Reply #38 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!
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« Reply #39 on: September 24, 2010, 05:25:51 AM »

http://www.vgmuseum.com/images/02/necro-1.gif
http://www.vgmuseum.com/images/02/necro-2.gif
http://www.vgmuseum.com/images/02/necro-3.gif
http://www.vgmuseum.com/images/02/necro-4.gif

more at:
http://www.mobygames.com/game/pc98/necronomicon_
http://www.mobygames.com/game/pc98/necronomicon_/screenshots
http://www.mobygames.com/images/shots/original/1262885091-04.gif

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« Reply #40 on: September 24, 2010, 09:28:10 PM »

Is this what you tried to post, Old Book?

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« Reply #41 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?
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« Reply #42 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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« Reply #43 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://www.mobygames.com/game/lurking-horror

A classic and atmospheric text adventure. Possibly the first ever HPLovecraft inspired game.
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« Reply #44 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...
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