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Fear Of Large, Underwater Monsters In Videogames
Posted on Friday, September 4 2009 @ 10:11:18 Eastern

I've got a really weird phobia dating back from when I was around 8. Whenever I play videogames with large creatures from the deep I get a chill running down my spine. Its a really weird, unpleasant feeling that comes from my head rather than my gut. I had arachnophobia for a few years at the height of my teens and it meant that I couldn't even lay eyes on spiders - in real life or otherwise. However, thingsindeepwaterphobia only manifests itself when playing videogames. I find that swimming in the open ocean or local pool isn't a problem at all. Neither do I have any particular fear of sharks or whales in real life.


Conversely, I couldn't even play stuff like the Jolly Roger level in Mario 64 thanks to the giant eel. Even the sea serpent on Shadow of the Colossus gave me the shudders. I've done some Googling on the matter and it appears most people have their own explanations as to why they experience such reactions in these situations. Yet most of these people don't like submarines and shipwrecks too. Or they feel the same way in real life. Or they dislike real world creatures alongside fantasy ones. For me its just huge, fictional beasts that give me the creeps.


According to someone on 'Is It Normal?' this phobia is called Thalasso-Meglo-Itchtyo-phobia - 'fear of open ocean with large objects/fish'. Its not really that big of a deal for me. I can roam the waters of Azeroth in WoW quite happily, but I **** myself when doing such things like meeting Oacha'noa. Although Deor and I did manage totake down Tethyr, remember we were 40 levels above the requirement at the time.


Anyone else got this problem? There looks to be lots of variations of it, so why haven't the DSM classified it as a proper phobia yet?
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