In this episode of Pregame Discharge: Bees get down to BEEsiness in Minecraft and more!

Did you flinch?

While Lyle continues his scientific journey of unwarranted bullying, here’s what’s been happening in video games this past week:

  • Yakuza 7 is coming with a different take on combat!
  • Oh god, the bees are now in Minecraft!
  • Telltale Games has risen from the grave and more!

For the most part, bugs don’t bother me too much. Bees only mess with you when you mess with them, while wasps are just universal dicks. I think that’s fair to say, right? But spiders? Spiders enter a whole other realm for me. I can’t stand them. The sight of one in person turns me into a crumpled mess.

However, even in video games, I have a hard time dealing with spiders. Cartoony or less realistic variations of them I can handle, but the moment spiders have a hint of realism in their art direction; is the moment I become a little piss baby that doesn’t wanna play anymore from pure fear.

Resident Evil 2 Spiders

I was actually relieved the giant spiders were omitted from the Resident Evil 2 remake. As another example: I distinctly remember playing Skyrim at launch and I could not deal with the giant spiders in that game. From how they looked, moved, and sound — they scared the hell out of me.

I ended up installing a mod that replaced all the spiders in the game with bears, just so I could keep playing it. Returning to Skyrim again in recent years, though (on PS4 for a brief period), for whatever reason it wasn’t as bad as my initial encounter with them. So, maybe I’m just getting better at dealing with them, maybe I just didn’t find those spiders as realistic looking anymore. Who knows!

Discharged question of the week: Do you have any phobias that translate into the realm of video games, in turn making them extra difficult to play for you?

Dan Roemer
Local video person. I've been enjoying and dabbling in Destructoid since 2014, became staff in 2017, co-hosted Podtoid, and my spirit animal is that of wild garbage. Disclosure: I backed Shenmue 3 on Kickstarter and I'm a current Patreon supporter of Nextlander, NoClip, and Mega64.