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Haunting Ground (2005) – Video Game Review

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HauntingGround5GAME TYPE

This game is a survival-horror in style and genre it also has elements of memory tests and puzzles as well as alternate endings depending on what you do or not do.

STORY

The story itself is cleverly woven and keeps the viewer/player interested – It also bears the question what is life? What does it mean? and what bearing does it have on how we live it? I like games that ponder these questions and by nature Haunting Ground does in overt gothic-horror like fashion.

CHARACTERS

What is interesting about all the characters is that they are with their intense wants – it one of those rare games that questions the social negativity in this world such as people with learning and developmental disabilities (Debilitas) and the wanting to be liked, the negative male misogynistic attitude towards women (Daniella) and the pain it causes, the destructive nature of egotism and selfishness (Riccardo & Lorenzo) and jealousy singled mindedness that comes with it. It also shows the positive nature of animals in the form of Hewie the dog and persistence of good in the from of the main character Fiona.

I highly recommend this game not only for its nostalgia trip but it’s cleverly woven plot, well constructed characters and interesting storyline.

Paul Isaacs 2015

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Author: Paul Isaacs

Paul was branded as a “naughty & difficult child” at school. He was classically autistic and non-verbal due to speech articulation difficulties. He had complex sensory issues and appeared both deaf and blind. He gained functional speech around the age of 7 or 8 years old. He went through the mainstream school system with no additional help or recognition of his autism. Consequently, he did not achieve his academic or his social potential and had very low self-esteem. At age 11, Paul was referred to the children’s mental health service with childhood depression where he was regarded as “developmentally underage” and having speech problems. As an adult, Paul had a string of unsuccessful jobs, and his mental health suffered. He developed both Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders in early 2007. He was referred to mental health services and misdiagnosed with “Asperger traits with a complex personality”, which did not satisfy Paul or his family. A local autism organisation put Paul in touch with an experienced psychiatrist, who diagnosed him with Autism at 24 years old. In 2012 Paul was also diagnosed with Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome by an Irlen Consultant who confirmed that he also had face, object and meaning blindness – conditions which Paul describes eloquently in his speeches and training sessions. He also has dyslexia, dyscalculia and also a dissociative disorder. Having started working as an local autism organisation as a public speaker in 2010, Paul joined their mission to promote autism awareness. His hope is that others will not have to suffer as he did. Now also a core member of our Training Team, Paul continues to enhance true understanding of autism at every opportunity. Paul has released and published 5 books on the subject of autism published by Chipmunka publishing and has contributed to other books too. Having overcome many challenges to achieve the success that he now enjoys, Paul’s message is that Autism is a complex mix of ability and disability. He firmly believes that every Autistic person should have the opportunity to reach their potential and be regarded as a valued member of society. Apart from autism related blogs Paul also write about movies, fashion, art and anything that is of interest. As of August 2015 Paul now works as a freelance speaker, training and consultant in and around the Oxfordshire & Buckinghamshire area. If you are interested please contact him via email at staypuft12@yahoo.co.uk

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