Saturday, August 13, 2011

ASMR and Video Games: Half-Life

Throughout this series, I’ve mentioned some titles that I’ve played in the past that created the sensation that ASMR provides.

This time I’ll cover another well-known and loved series in gaming: Half-Life.

Half-Life revolutionized first-person shooters over ten years ago and is regarded as one of the greatest games of all time. The series, particularly the sequel, Half-Life 2, and the episodes that followed, are also known for its great story, characters, dialogue, and sound.

There’s one character in the series however that triggers off ASMR for me – and that would be the G-man. This character was voiced by Mike Shapiro, who also played the part of Barney Calhoun, a former security guard from Black Mesa Laboratory, and now fellow resistance member of Gordon Freeman.

The G-man Even though you see him in almost every location during the game, always clad in his blue suit and tie, with briefcase in hand, he only actually speaks to you at the end of Half-Life 1. You’ll immediately notice that in addition to his odd but not necessarily unattractive looks, his voice is very unusual – with emphasis on words that seems out of place; letters like the “S” often prolonged, as well as some gasping and so on every now and again during speech. It almost sounds like there’s a reptile within this human form, trying to get out.

He communicates more often with the player in the sequel and the episodes in some form, like right at the beginning, and at the end of the game. It’s especially at the ending sequence of Half-Life 2 that I get the tingles the strongest.

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