Thursday, December 9, 2010

ASMR and Video Games: Blood

Blood2_cover I am a big fan of the old school 90’s shooters, particularly from the Build engine era. Build was a game engine created by Ken Silverman, who was at one time the chief rival of John Carmack, of id Software fame.

The Build engine powered several games from 1995 until 1999. People often talk about the “big four build games”. These are Duke Nukem 3D, Redneck Rampage, Shadow Warrior, and Blood.

Now Blood is likely my second favourite out of the build games, with Duke 3D being first. I grew up playing that game. But Blood is also a favourite for another reason. It tends to bring on the occasional bit of tingling sometimes.

If you’ve ever played it, you’d find this hard to believe. The game is full of gore, and mostly what you’d expect from a title that bears this name. Caleb, the protagonist, is a psychotic, sadistic, undead gunslinger who is out for revenge against the Cabal, a cult who forsook him long ago, essentially burying him alive.

When Caleb isn’t craving bloody vengeance, he’s usually laughing maniacally while inflicting pain on his foes.

But Caleb does have a certain charm to him. At the beginning of Chapter II and III, “Even Death May Die” and “A Farewell to Arms” respectively, he has a line at the very start.

“You’re going to need a bigger boat” is what he says while approaching the ship trapped in ice, and “I’m gonna paint the town reeeddd!” is what he utters after dropping in to the level. I find that this line is particularly stimulating as far as triggering ASMR goes.

Also, when Caleb is left idle for too long, he often starts singing tunes like “Strangers in the Night”. When he says some of these lines, the way it comes out; so slow and coarse, it does tend to trigger of my sensillations, admittedly.

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