“Domniophobia” ..or.. “Fear of F.E.A.R.”
I’ve played my fair share of FPS titles back in my PC gaming days. In the last two or three years, my interest in the FPS genre has all but disappeared due to increased realism in games. Sure, realistic environments can be beautiful, but they are more often the place of nightmares.
At first I thought I suffered from Kinetimortophobia, but it turns out to be more along the lines of domniophobia.
The first real indication that I had a fear of dungeon-like environments was during an attempt to play Doom 3. I started the game, got suited up, went into the first room where you turn on your flashlight, promptly stopped, and uninstalled the game. The environment alone was just too freaky. Monsters and zombies, no problem. A dark room with a fairly realistic flashlight and surround sound creepy noises, forget it.
Recently I have been testing Windows XP on an Apple iMac 20″ with an Intel processor. I decided to see if it could handle some high end game graphics and set out to find a meaty demo to throw at it. Most sources pointed towards F.E.A.R. The iMac held up quite admirably, but my nerves did not. I didn’t even get to shoot anything before the quit-and-uninstall reflex kicked in.
Oh, well. Back to what I do best.
(written by David Cole)