Video games for misanthropes


Most products are designed for people who want to get along with others. They make you feel happy and successful like you are the center of the universe and your narcissism is validated. They both make you passive, and make you cheerful, like opium or politics.

Some products are designed for gleeful misanthropes. We are the people who recognizes that in accord with Sturgeon’s law, 90% of humanity is basically chaff and the 10% are endlessly persecuted by the rest who realize they look mediocre in comparison. Imagine the slaughter of the herd…

The original Carmageddon came out in the mid-1990s just as black metal was burning and murdering its way across Europe. Inspired by the 1976 movie Death Race 2000, this video game emphasized carnage. To the horror of uptight parents, it gave points for every pedestrian killed — with bonuses for multi-kills and shattering pity objects like nuns and orphans — as well as for smashing other cars. It was followed by Carmageddon 2 in 1998 (using the dubious tag line “race war”) and then Carmageddon Total Death Race in 2000. But the Carma camp has been silent for awhile.

The wait is over. Carmageddon Reincarnation has not only been announced but is in public beta for those who wish to purchase early and murder their way to virtual happiness. For more information, click over to the Carmageddon website and begin the unholy slaughter.

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38 thoughts on “Video games for misanthropes”

  1. Phil says:

    My recommendations:

    Faster Than Light is simple yet evocative space exploration with a sparse and dreamlike electronic soundtrack.

    DayZ promises authentic and immersive zombie apocalypse survival, but is currently far from finished. Recent updates allow you to chop trees, carve bow and arrows, hunt animals and cook meat. Huge wilderness to explore.

    Red Orchestra 2 for killing Nazis in the most realistic and satisfying way possible. Bolt-action rifles and one-shot-kills. Other FPSs are arcadey DLC-ridden fluff in comparison.

  2. Nomen Nescio says:

    What about that Hatred game everyone seems to be ravin’ about?

    1. Richard Head says:

      Looks like bullshit from a gameplay standpoint. Just a game for those edgy teens who make tribute videos for the Columbine shooters and upload them to youtube with Slipknot background music.

      1. Nomen Nescio says:

        Well shit. Time to go back to cRPGs I guess.

        1. Richard Head says:

          Don’t take my word for it. Nuclear Throne is a pretty gnarly modern shooter if you need to scratch that itch though.

          1. Nomen Nescio says:

            Well when it comes to shooters I find myself playing ones with some RPG elements, STALKER is probably my favourite shooter series. And Postal, but that’s a whole different story. I’m not really into the top-down shooter kinda games.

  3. blackmetalkid says:

    Hatred uses a comic portray of the average hessian and misanthrope, making fun of us so that society can have their shocking moment and go back to their meaningless lives. Don’t play that farse.

  4. Smoking_Gnu says:

    Have a look at The Forest for PC. Sandbox open-world building and survival (think a realistic and gritty Minecraft) with a Silent Hill-esque tribe of cannibals to fend off. Manages to alternate smoothly between being tense and relaxing .

  5. Dualist says:

    I often imagine the earliest Norwegian bands being into some of the games of the time. Can easily see Varg playing Zelda in his teens. Maybe they were a now-forgotten source of inspiration to some of them.

    Does anybody know if this is the case?

    1. Concerned Citizen says:

      Apparently Varg enjoys video games. In the comments to his recent song, one person asks if Mythic Dawn was a reference to a video game series. While it wasn’t, Varg responded to remembering this Mythic Dawn group appearing in a Elder Scrolls video game he played and even briefly detailing their purpose.

    2. Meek Metalhead says:

      I`m pretty sure at least one Morbid Angel album was influenced by Castlevania. I wouldn`t be surprised if there haven`t been other influences too judging by Treys eclectic interests.

      1. Concerned Citizen says:

        Domination’s keyboard instrumental (Dreaming) was inspired by the Zelda games apparently and the riff played during the solo of Where The Slime Live was inspired/taken from a theme in a cartoon called Robotech. The thanks list in the booklet also includes characters from the Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter games. The Castlevania thing is just another thanks list quirk I think, from Covenant or BATS. Heretic has an instrumental called The Place Of Many Deaths which is the name of a Quake level I believe. These are just some references though.

        I think Trey Azagthoth was at his best when he took it upon himself to “summon the ancient ones” while under the effects of LSD. The pseudo new age guru he would eventually become did at least have some interesting things to say with Formulas Fatal To The Flesh (musically and liner notes).

        1. Richard Head says:

          This. FFttF is one of my favorite MA albums. I remember digging through my CD booklets at random while tripping and running across the lyrics to “Nothing Is Not” and having a really intense time figuring out what the song was supposed to be about. But drugs are not required for realizing what a mindfuck that music really is. Virtuosic.

          1. Ara says:

            That album nosedives hard after that song though.

            1. Richard Head says:

              Yeah, can’t disagree with that, except I love the way Hymn to a Gas Giant’s reverby riff comes back in during a lead part later on. It’s one of those albums that I wouldn’t recommend to anybody unless they were “initiated” so to speak. Nevertheless the brilliance is undiminished.

              1. Ara says:

                They’ve done that Gas Giant transition live too, which was really awesome.

      2. Librarian says:

        There’s a ZDoom map that Trey made. It’s called “Chambers of Dis” and can be downloaded from the Morbid Angel website.

  6. Sandman says:

    I would still prefer commando lybia or beach head for c64 then most of the stuff today. I dont know why but these gems of brutality were just that.. funny little games. And hatred is a great thing to happen. Some “progressive” gaming sites immidiately connected every dev. of the game to the super league of nazis. Because they are polish and a few of them had grandfathers combating real nazis back then. But for the sake of social faggotry Everything is allowed. These holy agents of the supreme Order of Radfem StasiIsm has connected the dots of what nobody could find. The hidden secret behind the developers of hatred… They are like the ancient 3 wise man of the holy land… they just followed the stars while being blown away by mushrooms…

    1. Dualist says:

      I prefer Commando Labia

      1. Sandman says:

        I thought you would choose the rectum but everyone can be wrong at times…

  7. Ara says:

    The new Guilty Gear is really fun if you like one on one fighters, and has tons of nods to metal culture.

    1. I blew my head off like Per Ohlin says:

      I used to have the first Guilty Gear on PS1.

    2. Richard Head says:

      Guilty Gear XX is my favorite fighter behind King of Fighters XI and Street Fighter Third Strike, I’ve been a hardcore fighter fan for two decades and that game still whips my ass. All of the characters’ names are references to metal music or classic literature, if I remember (except Zappa, but FZ was really more metal than anyone in his day and age).

      1. I blew my head off like Per Ohlin says:

        It’s certainly a great fighter game and I love the hard rock/metal references and the soundtrack.
        Daisuke Ishiwatari is a pretty sweet guitarist imo. I quite liked the Blazblue series as well.

        1. Richard Head says:

          He is pretty sweet; the only video game soundtracks I own are from him, Nobuo Uematsu, and Yasinori Mitsuda. I remember being obsessed with playing “Holy Orders” on the guitar when I was like 18. Good shit.

      2. Ara says:

        My 3S Alex wants you. Also if you haven’t played KOF 13 you’re missing out!

        1. Richard Head says:

          Really I’m not sold on the 3D-graphics-in-2D-gameplay so I ignored the new KoFs and GG. I had SF4 for a while but sold it and went back to Alpha and 3S. Yang and Ibuki for me; I hate taking ten seconds just to get from one end of the stage to the other!

          1. Ara says:

            Fuck SF4. That game is clunky as shit and the risk/reward in that game makes no sense whatsoever. You can barely tell that KOF 13 a and GGXrd are 3D and they both have the feel of utilizing sprite based characters so the flow is pure old school until the camera pans around after rounds. Great games, although I prefer the older titles I can play on my mame cabinet :)

            1. Richard Head says:

              Hmm, thanks for the info, I guess SF4 left a sour taste in my mouth and I didn’t give the other games a fair chance. I did like (despite the oversimplification [and being a huge fan of Casshern]) Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and most all of the prior Capcom vs. games because they felt similar enough. But SF4 was just too disorienting.

              You are lucky to have space for a MAME cabinet, I am stuck on a USB joypad and a desktop (with a rotating screen for vertical shmups, obviously).

  8. fuckoff says:

    This is funny and if you’re a trigger happy misanthrope gamer, this older game postal 2 serves just about all your primal impulses.

    1. Sandman says:

      Postal is definately a gem within the lame stream games! Thanks for bringing it back to life. And i remember you could piss on nurses and kill them afterward. Or piss on them and then burn them!

  9. thisoneheredude says:

    The Xeno- series (well, Xenogears at any rate) is based on the works of Nietzsche and Jung among one or two others. Disc 2 of Xenogears was unfortunately rather rushed but it’s a fantastic RPG nonetheless. Takahashi is the man.

    1. Richard Head says:

      Totally agree, one of the few RPGs with a bullshit ending that is totally forgivable due to how great the rest of the game is.

  10. Tralf says:

    Brett, did you enjoy torturing small animals as a child?

  11. Mormegil says:

    Legacy of Kain series is metal incarnated. Story, characters, Shakespearean dialogue, music, atmosphere and overall darkness of the world is something to experience.

  12. Smoking_Gnu says:

    Forgot about the Zeno Clash series – Violent first-person melee combat in a surrealist caveman/antediluvian-themed world. Lots of interesting themes about nihilism, anarchy vs. order, societal decay, etc.

  13. Richard Head says:

    For the thoughtful misanthrope, Final Fantasy games 6 and 7 stories revolve around clashes between traditional magic-wielding peaceful societies and technology-driven corporatist (7 more than 6) powers. In both games the player takes the side of a desparate rebellion group that fights against a planetary takeover by megalomaniacal entities with huge armies and brutal weapons. The parallels in interests with metal fans are pretty obvious. I recommend avoiding most of the games after those (save the 9th).

  14. Powerslave says:

    Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is my favourite game, it has a protagonist sneaking in shadows to see the light more clearly and to avoid the guards i.e the herd. It’s either that or it’s just fun as hell.

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