Any Subnautica players actually fear the ocean or have issues with it?



  • cy4ncy4n The Kingdom of Reginald Join Date: 2016-09-14 Member: 222316Members
    I am the opposite of this. I will happily go snorkelling but in Subnautica...

  • Kouji_SanKouji_San Sr. Hινε Uρкεερεг - EUPT Deputy The Netherlands Join Date: 2003-05-13 Member: 16271Members, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Blue
    Lonnehart wrote: »
    I want to say that's a whale, but the Reaper Leviathan has nearly the same tail configuration...

    The scary thing is, Reaper is bigger!
  • 0x6A72320x6A7232 US Join Date: 2016-10-06 Member: 222906Members
    Calarand77 wrote: »
    Lonnehart wrote: »
    Wow... That sounds like some kind of phobia to me. I hope it doesn't extend to drinking water... that would NOT be good. If I'm reading my internet right you could have a form of automysophobia (the fear of being dirty)...

    Hopefully Subnautica is helping you fight that fear. Or at least giving you a sense of what an ocean is like without being soaked in it.
    I'm mostly okay if it is running water - that's why showers are doable. Drinking water is okay as well, because I know it's filtered and whatnot, so my brain doesn't freak out. I can also get my feet wet in a river with relative ease, for as long as I have a hot shower handy nearby. Anyway, it's... complicated, lol.

    Subnautica does indeed help a lot here. Maybe not so much in battling my fear - it can't do anything to make the real life waters any cleaner for my brain - but it really lets me see the possible beauty of the ocean and how awesome it would be to dive and explore it, allows me to do something I will probably never be able to do in real life, and for that I will be forever grateful to the devs.

    If it helps any, your skin is the largest organ in your body, and its purpose is to act as a barrier to any harmful elements that might exist in your environment (this includes air) - you can think of it as your natural skinsuit. It does a fantastic job, and even when penetrated, your body has other defenses - blood will flush some out, then form a temporary barrier with clotting, and will also (white blood cells) fight anything that made it in, surrounding and consuming the foreign matter present.

    I guess keep in mind that your natural environment, to include air, is dirty, but your body systems are very good at keeping all of that outside, especially when aided by such effective helps as washing hands, disinfecting wounds, etc. Even when you eat things, it gets marinated in an acid bath as part of the digestion process.
  • 0x6A72320x6A7232 US Join Date: 2016-10-06 Member: 222906Members
    The thing that traps a lot of people is that rip currents don't come alone, they're separated by gaps, so even when people swim parallel they sometimes go too far and end up entering a second rip current.

    I know about rip currents, as they are dangerous and I've been told the best way to get away from them (swim parallel). Why am I only now finding out about the parallel currents, and on a gaming forum, of all places? You'd think that should be common knowledge, just like how to get out of rip currents is.
  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members
    edited December 2016
    I can swim in 10-15 meter deep water, but any deeper in real life is synonymous with my definition of death. Oddly enough, I'm pretty okay with Subnautica. The real question is, do the any of the Devs have a fear of the ocean.
  • AzurefireflowerAzurefireflower Canada Join Date: 2016-10-24 Member: 223349Members
    I'm actually massively afraid of water, in real life, in video games, if its deeper then a bathtub, I want nothing to do with it. I start having heart palpitations, I freeze up...

    But, water is common in video games and its stopped me from enjoying games I've liked in the past, even so far as me never beating several of them.

    Which is why Subnautica is wonderful, its a controlled method to face my fears, at least in on medium. I'm not suddenly confronted with it, I know what I'm getting into and that makes the anxiety and fear a bit more tolerable.

    I'm still terrified of water, but it is helping. For instance the other day, I was able to move past the third dungeon in LoZ: Ocarina of Time.

  • TadhgTadhg Ireland Join Date: 2018-02-01 Member: 236500Members
    Im a scuba diver, the ocean is much more fun than the land.
  • kingkumakingkuma cancels Work: distracted by Dwarf Fortress Join Date: 2015-09-25 Member: 208137Members
    edited February 2018
    I used to be terrified of water when I was around 8, after I read a book on tylosaurs:
    This picture was a two- page 3d spread saidbook, and I had to TAPE THE PAGES TOGETHER to avoid looking at it.:

    *Looks up tylosaur*

    *Still freaks out a little inside*

    I was so afraid of these guys, that when I had to go to my swimming lessons, I would ONLY SWIM BACKSTROKE when in the deep end, so my mind wouldn't make me focus on the (12 foot) deep water. (and yes, you could easily see the bottom) I aged out of that fear, but when I still played games (e.g. Minecraft- it was my first game I was a big fan of), the monsters still scared me- until I realized I could fight back. Then they weren't scary anymore.

    A list of videogame creatures I've been afraid of
    • Minecraft spiders and creepers ( No picture needed)
    • The NOED from Roboblitz (I had reoccuring nightmares of this guy, folks. And I still find him a little scary.):
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    • Another game I will not list or picture
    • A japanese game I will not list and I didn't even play yet was still afraid of. ( @phantomfinch should know what I'm talking about):
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    Interesting story about the NOED:

    As I said, I had nightmares about this guy - until I beat him in the game. Then I had a dream of me throwing him into a pit of lava, and I had no more nightmares of him. I might have had one subnautica dream to my memory, but it wasn't scary.

    Due to all this emotional hardening, subnautica just isn't very scary to me. Sure, starting out was overly cautious of sandsharks and the bloodgrass, but I never got truly afraid (sans jumpscares).

    ...Except the void still scares me. it just worries me, just waiting to hear that ghostly howl of oncoming death...
  • CandyManCriminalCandyManCriminal United States Join Date: 2018-01-25 Member: 235734Members
    subnautica helped me discover i have a fear of deep water
    my first deep dive gave me a panic attack
  • CeterCeter Germany Join Date: 2015-12-02 Member: 209667Members
    I love the ocean and diving for that mater :D
  • kennyboykennyboy mayan riviera Join Date: 2018-02-24 Member: 238233Members
    I have definitely felt ill at ease playing the game hahaha. I worked for over 10 years as a SCUBA instructor & U/W cameraman, and never felt afraid of the depth or sealife, not even when diving in the cave systems here in the Mayan Riviera. I think for me, playing the game, its the relatively short the subs and in the prawn, I feel invincible, but swimming around with monsters is beyond my personal experience ;)

  • HiguideHiguide NJ Join Date: 2017-04-03 Member: 229385Members
    i do suffer thalassophobia, this is something rarely explored into gaming. throughout my playthrough it has been a haunting experience with a sense of existential dread. even in the later game where i made advanced builds and setups w/ the comforts that it provides at best you simply coexist with those fears.
  • zontwitchzontwitch Canada Join Date: 2018-02-21 Member: 238022Members
    Can't say that I have a fear of water but I do kind of somewhat have a fear of the dark as you'll see in this clip.
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