Entrapment Under the Sea – Vidjagame Apocalypse 492

It’s the first week of October, which means the start of four weeks of unbridled terror (OK not really) as we focus on horror games! This week, Anthony Abatte joins us to talk about five games that went for underwater scares, often by sticking players into oppressive deep-sea environments filled with massive wildlife and other threats. Then we’ll switch gears to talk about Overwatch 2, Valkyrie Elysium, Stadia’s shutdown, and your favorite X-Men.

Question of the Week: What’s your scariest water-related story?

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8 thoughts on “Entrapment Under the Sea – Vidjagame Apocalypse 492

  1. QotW:in high school I was at my parent’s company picnic with a friend at a campsite. We went out on a paddle boat that turned out couldn’t hold both of our weights (as we were…well…very overweight) which made a small leak in the boat much worst. My friend managed to get off but as I was getting out it fully sank and I nearly drowned. Thankfully the hot lifeguards managed to save me quickly (though I didn’t need mouth to mouth :()

  2. QotW: My father was a big proponent of “If you can’t swim, then you better lean real fast”. He loved throwing a six year old me into the deep end of pools. During court mandated visits, in the winter one of his favorite things to do was to drag me and my brothers to a dirty beach in Queens, then single me out and try to throw me into the water while singing a song about it.
    For some reason, as an adult I don’t like going into the water much.

  3. Glad to hear Subnautica get a shout out, it’s such a beautiful game with some really fantastic exploration. I definitely think I’ve seen too many people get hung up on the scary animals in the game, which are quite easily avoidable after you initially get over the jump scare and upgrade some equipment. The game has such gorgeous environments and a brilliant story and pacing, unlike any other I’ve seen in a singleplayer survive-em-up.

    No answer for QOTW aside from the generic few childhood near-drownings. Just a comment – Chris please give us more Bonus Time soon and more zany stories of your life antics and happenings! Without wanting to be, ya know, “dance monkey dance spill the beans on your personal life for our amusement!” It’s just you tell them so well and as an international listener it’s always fun to hear real life US personal stories. The no-I-wasn’t-drowning story last week (?) was great.

    Also as someone in their early 30s it’s always sort of comforting to hear stories from yourself (or the others) about how it is to deal with life issues such as aging parents, your own body getting older and the loss of friends passing away etc. Kind of nice to hear what others a little older have to deal with as a bit of a life journey preview.

    Fond regards, WoodDuck, Australia

    (Also does your e-mail address under Contact Us still exist? I sent something a while back but it just bounced)

  4. QotW: I was in a summer camp when I was 15. I was trying to catch tadpoles while also practicing how long I could breathe underwater. So I’d float with my head facing down in the water. I was starting to get good at holding my breathe was getting around 1 minute 50 seconds; just under two minutes. On my like tenth attempt I was pulled out of the water by the lifeguard and he started to do mouth to mouth and chest compressions right after. He never checked to see if I was fine. But stepped back after the chest compressions but the pressure on my chest had forced a bunch of air out of my lungs and I started gasping and had my first anxiety attack and started having trouble breathing. The lifeguard sensing I was still in trouble started to approach me and my response was to run away. To the rest of the people on the beach, the resulting scene must have looked like the end of a cartoon as I zig-zagged across a field next to the beach with the lifeguard following my zig-zag. I ended calling my dad and asking to go home that night. Even though it wasn’t any of my fault, 15 year old couldn’t face my perceived embarassed. I even had my dad collect my belongings while I sat in the car.

  5. QotW: When I was 7, my parents took me to White Water (a big water park in Atlanta). I saw a kid splash down from a water slide, and then he just stayed under water for what felt like forever. The water was pretty shallow, so I walked over to where he landed, and found him lying on the bottom with his eyes closed. I propped him up and asked if he was okay. He just stood up and walked away, dead-eyed, like a robot. Didn’t even say “thank you.” It was freaky.

  6. QOTW: I took swimming lessons as a kid. I know how to swim, I just don’t do it very often. So during a summer break road trip when I was about 13 we came across a bridge in the middle of nowhere in Oregon that people were just hanging out on and jumping off of into the river below to go swimming. The bridge was too high for me, so I went underneath and swung off of a rope swing into the water and… completely forgot how to swim. I probably would have drowned if my cousin hadn’t been nearby to pull me out of the water by my hair.

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