To: Crecente
From: Luke

Playing, and only mildly enjoying Alan Wake today got me thinking: how many other people have quirky tastes in games that stop them enjoying otherwise enjoyable titles?

Me, I can't stand the dark. In real life, I'm fine, but in games, I can't stand it. It's not fear, more...frustration, that the senses I rely on in darkness in reality - like heightened awareness and hearing - aren't available in a game. So Alan Wake's unrelenting obsession with the dark is really off-putting to me.

I'm worse underwater, though. And that's not out of frustration. It's fear. Combine a fear of sharks and a near-death experience in the ocean when I was 15 and you'll see where I'm coming from.

I mean, I couldn't stand falling out of the boat in Wind Waker, because those sharks scared the crap out of me! Wind Waker! But they're nothing compared to the shark things in Half-Life. Man, you could line up every scary moment in every video game ever made, and those sequences would, for me, beat every single other one put together.

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