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Am I becoming a reactionary? (trigger warnings in games)

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Or this is so close to parody?

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The developers of 'Grounded' made spiders the big enemy of their new game, then suddenly realized a bunch of people were too scared to play it. They decided to find a real solution.

 

When you first start Grounded, a stylish new survival game from RPG developer Obsidian where shrunken players explore a backyard full of unexpected dangers, the game asks a surprising question: Are you afraid of spiders?

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/pkyxam/spiders-are-a-popular-video-game-monster-theyre-also-an-accessibility-problem


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There are plenty of Skyrim mods that removes spiders (or changes them into something else), so I suspect this is a real issue for many many people.

Over the years I have seen people ask "Does X game have spiders as an enemy", so it definitely is something people look at.

 

As some who does not suffer from arachnophobia, actually kinda likes spiders (in a 'wow, what a cool animal!'-way), it is not something I consider. At the same time though, I appreciate game developers taking this in mind.

I see this in the same way as I look at Steam's PCMR/WSGF-like groups marking a game as "21:9 native support"/"xyz VR headset supported"/etc. Something most people won't think about, but those who do will appreciate.


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I really get tired of the idea of arachnophobia. There's nothing irrational about being afraid of tiny, potentially deadly and silent killers running around your house. So small you can barely see them, they make no sound, and there are probably 12 within 20 feet of everyone reading this comment.

 

That being said, I enjoy nothing more than destroying spiders in any game in which I come across them.

 

The arachnid menace must be destroyed.


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I almost didn't buy Grounded until my friend (Who had already purchased it) told me about the Arachnophobia mode. I also have this feature turned on in Satisfactory as well.

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I mean fair enough to cater to people but also...... you serious 


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2 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

I really get tired of the idea of arachnophobia. There's nothing irrational about being afraid of tiny, potentially deadly and silent killers running around your house. So small you can barely see them, they make no sound, and there are probably 12 within 20 feet of everyone reading this comment.

I just can't imagine being so scared of something that even seeing it on TV or a picture of one could make you shit your pants. Not liking them in general, fine. I don't love having wolf spiders around the house either.

 

In any case, there's mounting evidence that trigger warnings either do nothing, or counter-actively enforce bad mental behavior.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/trigger-warnings-research-shows-they-dont-work-might-hurt.html

I specifically remember watching something some years ago about trying to get people to be less afraid of arachnids by slowly introducing them to photos, videos, and even a VR walkthrough through a "home" with a spider on a table or something.

 

Long story short, figure out how to overcome irrational fears. Being afraid of spiders in a game is irrational, and is probably actually a pretty good way to overcome the fear.


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42 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

I just can't imagine being so scared of something that even seeing it on TV or a picture of one could make you shit your pants. Not liking them in general, fine. I don't love having wolf spiders around the house either.

 

In any case, there's mounting evidence that trigger warnings either do nothing, or counter-actively enforce bad mental behavior.

https://slate.com/technology/2019/07/trigger-warnings-research-shows-they-dont-work-might-hurt.html

I specifically remember watching something some years ago about trying to get people to be less afraid of arachnids by slowly introducing them to photos, videos, and even a VR walkthrough through a "home" with a spider on a table or something.

 

Long story short, figure out how to overcome irrational fears. Being afraid of spiders in a game is irrational, and is probably actually a pretty good way to overcome the fear.

Being afraid of spiders is not irrational, was my point.

 

The other point is that I am not so afraid of them that I cannot stand seeing them on a screen. I just don't like them in my house, or within 5 feet of me if not inside my house.


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5 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

I really get tired of the idea of arachnophobia. There's nothing irrational about being afraid of tiny, potentially deadly and silent killers running around your house. So small you can barely see them, they make no sound, and there are probably 12 within 20 feet of everyone reading this comment.

 

That being said, I enjoy nothing more than destroying spiders in any game in which I come across them.

 

The arachnid menace must be destroyed.

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5 hours ago, minibois said:

There are plenty of Skyrim mods that removes spiders (or changes them into something else), so I suspect this is a real issue for many many people.

Over the years I have seen people ask "Does X game have spiders as an enemy", so it definitely is something people look at.

Mods don't bother me, but the whole effect on game design does. "Let's stop including these 283723 things because it might trigger someone". Especially when these 283723 things somehow include S-P-I-D-E-R-S.


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2 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

Being afraid of spiders is not irrational, was my point.

 

The other point is that I am not so afraid of them that I cannot stand seeing them on a screen. I just don't like them in my house, or within 5 feet of me if not inside my house.

You entirely missed the point.

  1. Being afraid of spiders to the point of arachnophobia, is irrational. Disliking spiders and staying away from them is not really arachnophobia. Most spiders aren't that venomous, and most spiders aren't that aggressive.
  2. Being afraid of spiders on TV is 100% irrational.
  3. Using trigger warnings is only detrimental to the mental health of the people it's supposedly trying to help
  4. Playing a game with spiders in it is probably a pretty decent form of exposure therapy.
  5. Spiders are cute.

 


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A friend of mine didnt play Skyrim because he shits his pants when he see a spider.


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10 hours ago, Andreas Lilja said:

Mods don't bother me, but the whole effect on game design does. "Let's stop including these 283723 things because it might trigger someone". Especially when these 283723 things somehow include S-P-I-D-E-R-S.

To me spiders are not an integral part of a game, so I won't complain about a game studio deciding to not use them ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

but really I would be all for an option to get 'substitute' enemies for people who are really so afraid of spiders, the imagery of one would make them uncomfortable.

My enjoyment of a game shouldn't go over the back of other who can't enjoy it.

 

Unless they start touching my boys Spinarak and Ariados (who are in my top 5 and top 10 favorite Pokemon respectively)!


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I really don't mind adding trigger warnings for things that could cause fear. I have a fear of heights and any VR game that specifically has a falling section is deathly scary once I'm fully immersed. Though I do think that Skyrim spiders are fucking OP as f#ck! How many fucking storm atronachs do I f#cking need to kill you! JUST DIE!

 


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17 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

I really get tired of the idea of arachnophobia. There's nothing irrational about being afraid of tiny, potentially deadly and silent killers running around your house. So small you can barely see them, they make no sound, and there are probably 12 within 20 feet of everyone reading this comment.

 

That being said, I enjoy nothing more than destroying spiders in any game in which I come across them.

 

The arachnid menace must be destroyed.

Unfortunately there is a difference between being scared of something and a  psychological phobia 

 

that doesn‘t mean you can’t „ cure „ a phobia 

 

it‘s definitely possible 

 

But I can understand your post

sometimes i get really mad for example at people who are scared of flying


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13 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

The other point is that I am not so afraid of them that I cannot stand seeing them on a screen. I just don't like them in my house, or within 5 feet of me if not inside my house.

Hmmm

 

unless you live in Australia

 

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17 hours ago, minibois said:

There are plenty of Skyrim mods

And also for Star Wars Jedi fallen Order

 

RIP console players 

hope EA gets an arachnophobia mode for those people 


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I mean... why not? If you like spiders you don't have to turn the feature on. Options are welcome.

 

Similarly, more games need modes for those with visual impairments, most notably colour vision deficiencies.


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4 hours ago, minibois said:

My enjoyment of a game shouldn't go over the back of other who can't enjoy it.

How do you feel about easy modes?

 

2 hours ago, pythonmegapixel said:

Similarly, more games need modes for those with visual impairments, most notably colour vision deficiencies.

One is an irrational fear that people need to overcome. The other is an actual medical condition people have no control over. You can't just overcome color blindness like phobias.


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20 minutes ago, JZStudios said:

How do you feel about easy modes?

Not sure what this is trying to bait me into, but as someone who is generally pretty bad at videogames: I like that Easy Mode exists. Most of the game balancing should probably take place around a Medium difficulty setting though.


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36 minutes ago, minibois said:

Not sure what this is trying to bait me into, but as someone who is generally pretty bad at videogames: I like that Easy Mode exists. Most of the game balancing should probably take place around a Medium difficulty setting though.

A lot of people flipped their shit because some people think an easy mode destroys games and any/all enjoyment for them because other people might play it on a lesser difficulty.


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18 hours ago, FibonKylix said:

I also have this feature turned on in Satisfactory as well.

The glitching cats are still kind of spooky though.


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15 hours ago, JZStudios said:

You entirely missed the point.

  1. Being afraid of spiders to the point of arachnophobia, is irrational. Disliking spiders and staying away from them is not really arachnophobia. Most spiders aren't that venomous, and most spiders aren't that aggressive.
  2. Being afraid of spiders on TV is 100% irrational.
  3. Using trigger warnings is only detrimental to the mental health of the people it's supposedly trying to help
  4. Playing a game with spiders in it is probably a pretty decent form of exposure therapy.
  5. Spiders are cute.

 

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5 hours ago, Drama Lama said:

Unfortunately there is a difference between being scared of something and a  psychological phobia 

 

that doesn‘t mean you can’t „ cure „ a phobia 

 

it‘s definitely possible 

 

But I can understand your post

sometimes i get really mad for example at people who are scared of flying

Yet another fear I find entirely rational. 

 

It's not the flying, it's the trusting someone else with my life part.


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21 hours ago, Trik'Stari said:

Yet another fear I find entirely rational. 

 

It's not the flying, it's the trusting someone else with my life part.

You ever ride passenger in a car? Or take city transport? Same thing, yet no one flips shit about driving somewhere, despite the fact they're far safer in an airplane.

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The average person living in the United States has a 1 in 102 chance of dying in a car crash, compared to a 1 in 205,552 chance of dying as a passenger on an airplane. This means that you are more than 2,000 times more likely to die in a car than on a plane.

So a fear of flying is 100% irrational.


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