OCD. And how it effects the way I play games. - Destructoid

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OCD stands for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Wikipedia defines this disorder in these words "an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts that produce uneasiness or fear; by repetitive behaviors aimed at reducing the anxiety.......". Most of you will be familiar with this disorder as it is quite notorious even in the gaming world. I have a very severe OCD and, in this blog, I'm going to listing several popular games and how they're played by someone who has an OCD like mine.

Grand Theft Auto 4

GTA 4 is an awesome game. You can hijack cars, punish pedestrians and make a huge dent in the police population of Liberty City. But my mind didn't allow me to do any of these things. I started feeling dirty and uneasy whenever I hijacked a car or killed a pedestrian because my mind wanted me to act like Niko Bellic would. In the cutscenes, Niko expresses how he wants to stop killing and live a normal life. So I was forced to behave normally. By the end of the main story, my stats dictated that I had only hijacked 11 cars. I remember that, whenever I jacked one of these cars, I had to explain to myself the reason Niko Bellic jacked the car because of. I also ensured that I did all the main missions exactly how they were supposed to be done. For example, in a mission with involving a car chase, I restarted whenever my car bumped into something. Whenever I felt like just having fun, I turned the auto save off and did all of the things which make GTA fun like killing random people. This allowed me to have fun without "ruining" my save file.

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Skyrim is my favorite game of this console generation. I still play it and love it as much as I did on November 11th 2011. It is one of the few games which my OCD didn't ruin for me. The effect my OCD did have on it was that I refrained from killing any civilian. And this actually enhances the enjoyment of Skyrim as killing civilians deletes the interesting quests they might have given you. My mind also forces me to complete a quest as soon as it's given to me as it wouldn't be "realistic" in the game world to do it later.

Batman Arkham City

Arkham City is an awesome game. I'm a huge Batman fan. I don't read the comics but Nolan's Batman Trilogy has developed in me, strong love for Bruce Wayne. I really enjoyed Arkham City. BUT, I had to finish the entire game without taking a single punch. It wasn't "realistic" that Batman takes a clean punch in a fight and so my evil, evil mind forced me to complete the game without getting Batman hit once. It does not, however, mean that I was skilled at the game. I had to restart hundreds of times and often had to escape from combat encounters.

That's how my OCD reduced my enjoyment of several of the best games today. I hope you enjoyed the blog. If you also have an OCD, share the impact it has on your gameplay in the comments section.

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