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I'm sure this has been done before. Sorry.

But there are two games that stick out for me that i'm embarrassed to play. I genuinely feel a bit dirty after playing them.

Candy Crush Saga

Honestly I don't get the hate. It's a pretty fantastic match 3 game and I'm on level 141 without spending a penny, or feeling the need to. I just love it. Combining a Colour Bomb with a striped candy is so satisfying. Just watching them all drop and explode.

I'm also shamefully in love with the terrible music. The whistling after you fail, the grand chimes when you boot it up and that we're bloke with the deep voice.

A woman sat next to me on the train last week and laughed at me when she saw me playing it.

Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball

Both of them.

Every now and then I just boot them up. Mainly for the casino stuff but that can't be the real reason. I mean there are far better casino game out there. I supposed it's because I'm wrapped up in the economy. "Oooo I can get Kasumi those new glasses that she likes"

I unplug my cable from my 360 when I play that game... because I know someone will see me on their friends list and instantly unfriend me.

There are others. Happy Street was a bad one. I'd never play that in public. People would think I'm too weird, and they would be right.

What's on your list?

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One of the most recent games I finished was Killer is Dead and I think I tried the first Gigolo mission - just to figure out how it worked - and then couldn't bring myself to play any of the other Gigolo missions that followed. On the one hand I agree that the gigolo stuff is silly and funny and not all that sexy, but it's still not something you'd want to be seen playing... :P

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I was a bit embarrassed when I was playing Persona 4 Golden on my Vita on the train with some people around me, sometimes looking at the screen and then this Risette video came up with Rise in her bathing suit and dancing and stuff. The sight of a 36 year old man playing games with underage looking Japanese schoolgirls dancing around in bikinis must have been a bit pervy I imagine.

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Oddly I have no problem if people walk in when I'm playing shit like Lollipop Chainsaw. But the black character cut scenes in GTAV.....I have to turn the volume down so the house mates don't hear it. Awful dialogue clearly written by a white guy who thinks this is how people talk in the ghetto.

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I thought most of the "black guy dialogue" was written by a bonafide black guy?

Anyway, there isn't a single game I own I'm too embarrassed to play or admit to playing. And I've played a LOT of shit.

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I think any game which you can spend hours building a base/home or otherwise elaborate structure. I spend a little while admiring my creation then realise it only exists on a screen, leading to guilt about channeling that industry and creativity into something more constructive. Oddly though, I'm fine with games in which you just blow things up.

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Dead Or Alive. I like fighting games, but I'm pretty terrible at them, and I find DOA's combat to be more accessible than most. But I'd never play it while my wife or son were present, for fairly obvious reasons.

As for the most embarrassed I've been while playing a game, that would have to be Splinter Cell: Conviction. My wife was in the room, and I happened to be going through a particularly guard-heavy section, and practically every other line had someone swearing or yelling "FISHER!" or both. After about half an hour of this, my wife sighed deeply and then offered the following assessment: "Christ, they shout and swear more than you do when you're playing Mario Kart."

I haven't been back to it since.

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Pokemon. Telling people you know that you still play Pokemon is an adult is bad enough, but when somebody you don't know asks you about it I feel like curling up and dying.

On the subject of the black guy dialogue in GTA V, we already did this in the thread but aren't a lot of the people who are saying it sounds like a white guy wrote it white guys themselves? As I said in the thread, it's consistent with the depiction of gangsters of that variety in movies and music, but I have no direct frame of reference for how black guys in LA actually sound.

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I was going to say Pokemon. I'm thoroughly enjoying X right now having not played one since I was 13 (and it was bad enough then), but I felt like a right twat when a couple of guys in work asked what I was playing at the minute.

Also Football Manager, but not because of social awkwardness. Since Steam has been logging my playtime on them, I can see just how much time I've wasted playing them, and think about how much I could have accomplished with those 1500 hours or so.

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I think Candy Crush Saga is a decent game too. I like the laid back, puzzle aspect of it. I got to level 65 or thereabouts which was almost impossible so I gave up. The constant Facebook pop ups annoyed the hell out of me, but beyond that there's a decent game in there.

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I was going to say Pokemon. I'm thoroughly enjoying X right now having not played one since I was 13 (and it was bad enough then), but I felt like a right twat when a couple of guys in work asked what I was playing at the minute.

The other day the guy in Costa asked me what I was playing and I said the new Pokemon game, but pretended that I hadn't played one since I was about 13 because that's a lot less embarrassing than admitting that I've played Pokemon consistently through my life, only missing Black and White.

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I think any game which you can spend hours building a base/home or otherwise elaborate structure. I spend a little while admiring my creation then realise it only exists on a screen, leading to guilt about channeling that industry and creativity into something more constructive. Oddly though, I'm fine with games in which you just blow things up.

I'm the same when it comes to this notion, therefore I don't play things to build or create in a game world. Always felt pointless to me. I spend a lot of time in a music studio though so I'd rather do something like that or learn how to develop a website instead. Blowing things up as you said or progressing a level and story, that is fine.

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On the subject of the black guy dialogue in GTA V, we already did this in the thread but aren't a lot of the people who are saying it sounds like a white guy wrote it white guys themselves? As I said in the thread, it's consistent with the depiction of gangsters of that variety in movies and music, but I have no direct frame of reference for how black guys in LA actually sound.

This is true. Also, the game was made by Scottish people. They've made a real effort to tone down the swearing for non-Scottish people in that game.

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