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#119271 - 01/30/04 01:17 AM Re: Depressing games
Josie Offline
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There isn't a single game I found drepressing. I love dark horror and mystery games. The ones mentioned Blackstone Chronicles,Black Dahlia, Sanitarium are all in my top 10.
I also agree with you Lleuton I havent found any except just plain bad ones.

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#119272 - 01/30/04 01:25 AM Re: Depressing games
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Yeh, Blackstone Chronicles...I've never even had a desire to replay it, although I did like the game. There's one that no one has mentioned yet...SHIVERS II. I found that whole town and all the people in it depressing. Funny thing was--I enjoyed the game. I doubt I will ever play it again, though. frown

There was one episode in AMBER that really bothered me...the one with the gardener hanging in that greenhouse. I recently replayed this game and was really tempted to skip that segment.
"Life is not measured by the number of breaths
we take but by the moments that take our breath away."

#119273 - 01/30/04 01:39 AM Re: Depressing games
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Phantasmagoria. I couldn't believe there wasn't an alternate ending. It just seemed SO dark... if it was going to end that way, what was the point of the rest of the game?


#119274 - 01/30/04 06:47 AM Re: Depressing games
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I have to definitely agree with The Blackstone Chronicles - especially towards the end. Brrrrr- it was horribly creepy and sad and I LOVED it.

#119275 - 01/30/04 07:42 AM Re: Depressing games
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I agree. " Blackstone Chronicles ", was the most gloomy, depressing, and downright unsettling, of any games that I have played. Even when you have moved on to something else, you can't seem to shake that theme from your mind. It reminds me of that old movie, " The Snake Pit " LOU
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#119276 - 01/30/04 09:25 AM Re: Depressing games
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I don't really remember feeling depressed by the ending of a game. There were tragic elements, though, that moved me in:

The Last Express
The Legend of Lotus Spring
Ring II
Black Mirror
Shadow of Destiny
Dark Fall

Now that I think about it, it's surprising that the evocation of this kind of emotional reaction is such an effective part of a mere "game." I guess games are really more than just games.

#119277 - 01/30/04 02:53 PM Re: Depressing games
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The most depressing game I have ever played was Mourir En Mer. It's a free game I downloaded recently about a deformed boy locked in an attic by his father. The boys only wish is to get to the sea and die. It doesn't get more depressing than this. <img border="0" alt="cry" title="" src="graemlins/cry.gif" />

#119278 - 01/30/04 09:19 PM Re: Depressing games
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I remember one back in the "early days" that was depressing and haunting for me was Conquest of Camelot by Sierra.In the end king Artur wins but seems to lose everything too

#119279 - 01/30/04 09:55 PM Re: Depressing games
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Originally posted by Llewton:
There isn't a single game I found drepressing. I love dark horror and mystery games. The ones mentioned Blackstone Chronicles,Black Dahlia, Sanitarium are all in my top 10. Even though Mystery of the Druids and Hitchcock aren't in my top tem they're definitely in my top 15.
Oh no, Llewton, personally I don't think that if a game is depressing that it's a bad game or one I didn't like. On the contrary, I find it pretty amazing when a game, movie, or book can have such a strong emotional effect on me. That's why, although I found Faust depressing, it's one of my top ten. And it's the same with Amber and Blackstone Chronicles. laugh

#119280 - 01/31/04 03:38 AM Re: Depressing games
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For me it was Blade Runner. I don't think I have ever done as much soul searching over a game, and it left me in a real mood for several days. Had to go back and get a different ending.
"How could drops of water know themselves to be a river? Yet the river flows on."
- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

#119281 - 01/31/04 07:57 AM Re: Depressing games
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The part of Amber that depressed me the most was the underwater maze, with the children singing in the background. When I couldn't find my way out, I actually started the game over to get back on solid ground.

And I really enjoyed Santitarium, even though it had a sad background story. There was enough quirky hyumor throughout the game to keep me amused.

#119282 - 01/31/04 08:29 AM Re: Depressing games
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Just finished, "Black Mirror" now there is a wow Game Hated the slider but other than that when bates entered the confessional and told the priest who, "The" person with many faces was That really scared me the music was intense! Great game Iam now playing Journey to the center of the earth rying to untence myself! smile
'Worry looks around, sorry looks back, Faith looks up.'

#119283 - 01/31/04 11:31 AM Re: Depressing games
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I thought Blackstone's Chronicles was extremely sad. I haven't replayed it because of that.

I Have No Mouth is a dark set of stories in book form and the game is no different. Make sure you are in a very good mood before you play this game.

Most games that I find to be dark or have sad moments - I liked the games very much and considered that emotional connection one of their strong points.

The ending of the Legend of the Prophet series always makes me weepy, but I love the game story.

I always felt sad for the little boy under the bridge in Return to Zork.

In Journeyman Project 3, while in the Andes village. Knowing what the future could or would hold, colored things for me while I was there interacting with the peaceful, lovely people of that place.

#119284 - 01/31/04 11:52 AM Re: Depressing games
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Yes, the RTZ waif was sad. I wanted to help him. Since everything was better for everyone else, I presumed his life got back on track at the end. It would have been nice to have seen it though.

Zork:Nemesis had some very grim/dark bits but it didnt depress so much as enrage against evil. The main sad thing proved undoable after all. The overall feel of the game (aside from that one area) wasnt too dark. And thats my only candidate. Not sure it counts.

The Myst games had some sadness to them but it never overwhelmed.

Same thing with Amerzone. If you dwelt on its past too much, it could depress you. Still, I enjoyed exploring and knowing I was fulfilling the last wish of the elderly explorer.

I didnt find Syberia sad. I found it hopeful. Seemed to me like Kate's arrival was making life better for those she encountered. Made up for the rust as far as I was concerned.

I havent played many of the ones people are mentioning (yet). Thats probably why I dont have a proper nominee.

Susan smile

#119285 - 01/31/04 12:04 PM Re: Depressing games
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I have no Mouth and I Must Scream definitely had its depressing moments.

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