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The Psycho Pirate
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Since: 31.3.02
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#1 Posted on

Does anyone else out there besides me having trouble driving after playing Vice City for a long time? You know, that feeling that you want to hit pedestrians or slam into other cars or drive 100+ mph?

The same thing used to happen to me when I played Carmageddon.





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Since: 23.1.02
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#2 Posted on
Driving home from a friend's house one night at 4am after several days of non-stop GTA3 I found it very hard to remember that I can't just run red lights and drive in speeds exceeding 80 mph. I also kept seeing the buildings of Liberty City superimposed on my vision. That was a fun drive home.

-Jag



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LeechOfTheNight
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Since: 16.1.02
From: New Hampshire

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#3 Posted on
That happened to me last year after playing GTA3. I got the game for Christmas and pretty much played it non-stop without leaving the house at all so the next time I was in a car, I pretty much went insane. Luckily, I wasn't the one driving I guess it'll do that to ya...
lmo911
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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.06
It hasn't happened in Vice City (though I did have some funky dreams after playing it for a real long time.) I did do the crazy driving bit after playing some of the Twisted Metal games.

Come to think about it...I'm probably the person they talk about who shouldn't be playing these games in the first place. Considering the erratic behavior, dillusions and all...
Oh well! :D
ekedolphin
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Since: 12.1.02
From: Indianapolis, IN; now residing in Suffolk, VA

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
I don't have the problem with the driving thing, but I do look at a cop once in awhile and say to myself, “I bet I could take him.”



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--Tommy Vercetti, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

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Since: 23.1.02
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#6 Posted on
Oh I've had to keep myself from trying to steal police cars long before GTA3 came out. It's just one of those things.

-Jag

That I should probably get checked...



With poison running through your veins, and death marching solemnly towards you, heroic acts become more of a necessity as you see your time dwindling.

Vanquishing your enemies, making amends to those you have wronged, and leaving words of love and kindness for those around you become second nature as your own mortality looms

However, true strength lies not in these last desperate acts, but in the actions of one who has to get out of bed the next day and face the consequences of doing that which you believe is right.
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Since: 9.12.01
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#7 Posted on
Sometimes I catch myself thinking in Tony Hawk mode after a long gaming session. I think it has to do with pattern and shape recognition... stuff that looks like a ramp or a jump just kinda leaps out at you.

It's only very mildly distracting.



Your analogy is similar to:

"They already have cars that you can drive, why not blenders?"
"I can already write with my hands, why not my pancreas?"
"They already have beef that I can eat, why not granite?"

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Since: 13.3.02
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#8 Posted on

    Originally posted by Guru Zim
    Sometimes I catch myself thinking in Tony Hawk mode after a long gaming session. I think it has to do with pattern and shape recognition... stuff that looks like a ramp or a jump just kinda leaps out at you.

    It's only very mildly distracting.



I'm glad to know I'm not the only one :-)



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bubblesthechimp
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Since: 22.3.02
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#9 Posted on
The "SpookOMeter" from GTA 3 gets used alot between my friends and I. The fact that we have use for a spookOmeter is something that i should probly be worrying about though.....



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EddieBurkett
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Since: 3.1.02
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#10 Posted on
After GTA3, every time I saw a car that looked like one from the game (especially trucks that looked like mules), I would think to myself, "hit triangle". My finger might even have twitched, too...



Now I can go back and play more Animal Crossing
ekedolphin
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Since: 12.1.02
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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
And on a non-GTA-related note, I have been known to play Tetris in my mind while sitting in a public restroom and looking at the tiles. Or I'll play it on a brick wall, or any sort of “block” surface.



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#12 Posted on
I was horrible about the Tetris thing for a long time. If I've just got done playing it, I'll see it on the backs of my eyelids as I try to sleep that night. It's annoying.







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Since: 2.1.02
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#13 Posted on
I do the same thing with Metroid Prime. I can see Tallon IV when I close my eyes and keep trying to fire the Ice Beam when I'm not playing.




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Since: 8.5.02
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#14 Posted on

    Originally posted by The Psycho Pirate

    Does anyone else out there besides me having trouble driving after playing Vice City for a long time? You know, that feeling that you want to hit pedestrians or slam into other cars or drive 100+ mph?

    The same thing used to happen to me when I played Carmageddon.




I used to have that problem with Gran Turismo. I would play that game for hours on end. When it was time to drive somewhere, I would be doing 85-90 on I-8 without even blinking.



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BoromirMark
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Since: 8.5.02
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#15 Posted on
The only after-effect I've had from Vice City would be that I've found I have a real need for a gigantic mission, with a regenerating helicopter on the roof, heh.

That said, when I took my little roadtrip to Georgia, I'd bust on up to 80 with one little afterthought. Of course idiots were STILL passing me, fuggin two-laned I-75....what was I saying again?
JayJayDean
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After I've been playing Grand Tourismo 3 and Vice City, you do NOT want to be on the road with me when "She Sells Sanctuary" by the Cult is on the radio. Has anyone bought the Vice City soundtracks? I can't imagine what *that* would do to my life...



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ekedolphin
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Since: 12.1.02
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.52
I'm trying to see if I can get them for Christmas. And you're right, playing the game and then listening to the soundtrack in the car would probably result in a trip to prison, the hospital, or worse.



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#18 Posted on

    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    I'm trying to see if I can get them for Christmas. And you're right, playing the game and then listening to the soundtrack in the car would probably result in a trip to prison, the hospital, or worse.


But that would just cost you a couple hundred and twelve hours, right? "Ekedolphin is an innocent man!"



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Zeruel
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.05
i had a huge problem after playing Virtual On! and Time crisis. i would drive down the road and swear that things were ready to leap out from behind the trees...



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Since: 14.1.02
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#20 Posted on
I go to a parking lot and say to myself "If I just place a grenade there, I can blow up that car...which will blow up that car...and then blow up the cop car..."



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