The Binding of Isaac

The Binding of Isaac

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Bloodzat Feb 10, 2013 @ 7:01am
Tough game to recommend to people due to content
Just wondering if other people have had this dilemma. From a gameplay perspective I absolutely love this game, and keep coming back to it time and time game. I want to recommend it to people, but the content of the game itself (ISAAC, Monsters, etc..) is very touchy to a lot of people. Personally I am not the biggest fan of child abuse theme’s, especially when taken to a dungeon/festering/throw away environment. I overlook it because I find the gameplay great, but hence the dilemma.
So wondering how people have approached suggesting this to others. I feel if I say to pick it up because of great gameplay, I could get some interesting response back once they start playing.
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Anubis Feb 10, 2013 @ 10:20am 
I always recommend this game to people ,but usually react like : "God ,this game looks strange .I'm sure it sucks !"
And it make me sad . :(
Gaydizzle Feb 10, 2013 @ 11:27am 
I think that the games learning curve hinders it more than its content. I can see a lot of people having questions about the religious themes (Germany rated it for Blasphemy lol), as well as the abuse, etc. I don't really see those people being gamers, though.. Parents, perhaps. The majority of gamers I think are pretty okay with these sorts of things, and (hopefully) known to look beyond the surface of a game. The gameplay is fantastic, after all.

@CubicThing It bums me out when people make assumptions about games like that... Unfortunately that sounds like the mentality for a lot of the next-gen gamers, if you know what I mean. Growing up on CoD and whatever else. *kids these days rant*

Of the 9 or so friends I have who have this game, 5 of them have basically rage quit before getting over the initial difficulty curve (beating Mom for example), 3 stuck around long enough to beat Mom once or twice, and only 1 has grown to love it/experience it all. Isaac is just a tricky game to get into, but in my experience peoples hangups on it have not been theme/content related.
Lurviga ✿ Feb 10, 2013 @ 11:44am 
I am desperately trying to get my friends into this game as well. Most of them who got it or bought it just play one or two times and decide that it sucks. I keep telling them that you have to get into it, so to speak, to enjoy it to the fullest. But it is hard to make people understand.
This game does contain some blasphemous content that some people may not find pleasing. Fun fact: Nintendo considered putting this game in the Nintendo eShop for the 3ds, but it was rejected due to this reason. It's a shame, but I find it understandable. Of course, Steam has a much lighter policy on this subject.
Arsenic Candy!!! Feb 10, 2013 @ 12:55pm 
Maybe it's just because I live in "godless California" but I've never hesitated to recommend this game to anyone and everyone. There's a lot of religious and abuse commentary in this game (and I can see how highly religious people would be offended), but from the abuse angle I don't see anything wrong with it. Like I said, I don't think this game is trying to exploit or make fun of child abuse. If anything, I think it's more of an artistic commentary on child abuse. If you get to the true end of the game (I won't spoil it for anyone) I think it's clear the game actually has an extremely sympathetic view on child abuse. I don't know if Edmund was abused as a child and I won't speculate, but if I found out he was, I certainly wouldn't be surprised.

I agree that I think difficulty and learning curve is more of a deterrent for my friends than content. Personally I love games that are a challenge, so that was another thing right up my alley though.
Gaydizzle Feb 10, 2013 @ 1:09pm 
In Edmund's words: "By far the most mind blowingly accurate break down of the over arching meaning behind the binding of isaacs ending."
Arsenic Candy!!! Feb 10, 2013 @ 1:42pm 
Originally posted by steve.gano:
In Edmund's words: "By far the most mind blowingly accurate break down of the over arching meaning behind the binding of isaacs ending."
Wow, thank you for posting that. I skipped the first 2/3 because I have Basement Collection but I haven't played through the games yet, but the stuff on BoI was very poignant. I think it's safe to say the child abuse themes are far more deserving of acclaim than criticism.
The Reason why nintendo denied it. "Questionable Religious Content."
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Date Posted: Feb 10, 2013 @ 7:01am
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