Neosolarkenophobia

I am a night owl. In fact if I could sleep all day I would. There is something about twilight that agrees with me. My theroritical condition is Neosloaroknophobia.

But in responce, or maybe due to this, I love bright and happy games. Maybe this is a blancing act. I am wondering if any one else may see this in themselves.

I am wondering if there may be a better description of this than Neosloaroknosphobia. It is a practice in sillyness, but may be fun to find a word for it.

-Cecil

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Bill Loguidice
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I've always functioned

I've always functioned better at night - more creative, more alert, etc. - but most of the world doesn't work like that, so most of us need to conform to the early-to-rise, early-to-bed societal norm.

As I've gotten older I've found it increasingly difficult to stay up very late. Between work, kids, working out, etc., it's all I can do at night - say 9 or 10 PM - to keep my eyes open. It definitely inhibits my productivity/enjoyment, but there's not really much I can do about it. I certainly don't see it changing anytime soon.

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And as you get older your ability to sleep diminishes - that is you'll sleep less and less... I tend to be a bit of a nighthawk or nightowl myself. That is it was sort of forced on me because of all those nightshifts. Now my sleeping patterns are erratic. I just sleep when I am tired or whenever I can and I have to be woken up by force - alarm of physical movement.

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I was wondering less...

about the time that I sleep, and more about how it tends to effect my reaction to the color palates of the games themselves.

I know I like more brightly colored games. In fact I tend to find a lot of the 'realistic' war and first person shooters quite cold and bland. I was curious to hear your comments if you think this may be related to vibrant colors being more appealing to me in a sensory way being a gamer of the dark, Or not.

For an example, I could not play Doom 3 at all. Not that all of the Doom series has not been dark, but that one was way over my limit. And it seems that there is a muddy or dark theme(palate) to quite a few of the latest shooters. I know I loved FPS's for a time, but visual mud does nothing for me, and makes these games less enjoyable than they could be. So is the artistic theme getting in my way? Or am I getting burned out on the dark?

-Cecil

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crcasey wrote:

about the time that I sleep, and more about how it tends to effect my reaction to the color palates of the games themselves.

I know I like more brightly colored games. In fact I tend to find a lot of the 'realistic' war and first person shooters quite cold and bland. I was curious to hear your comments if you think this may be related to vibrant colors being more appealing to me in a sensory way being a gamer of the dark, Or not.

For an example, I could not play Doom 3 at all. Not that all of the Doom series has not been dark, but that one was way over my limit. And it seems that there is a muddy or dark theme(palate) to quite a few of the latest shooters. I know I loved FPS's for a time, but visual mud does nothing for me, and makes these games less enjoyable than they could be. So is the artistic theme getting in my way? Or am I getting burned out on the dark?

-Cecil

As mentioned in other threads, Christina and I are playing Baldur's Gate II: Dark Alliance for the PS2 on our PS3, and one our few frustrations with the game is the disproportionate number of dark areas. It's not like the engine can't do well lit areas and well lit areas well either, because they're in the game. It just seems it's one of those standby development crutches in a lot of games to have "moody" dark areas. Personally, I don't care for them and usually turn the Gamma up just a bit (but not too much to wash things out).

Just take a look at the hoopla surrounding Diablo III and its art direction. We're obviously not alone.

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Sensitivity to colours/colors

Excuse the crazy mishmash of UK and US spelling here. But colours do play an important role in mood and influence. My wife can't stomach certain colours and they tend to influence the way she feels. Such things have been proven to be the case and interior designers tend to take that into account when they 'dress' a room with specific functions.
In the animal world colours play a very important role in inducing and suppressing all sorts of emotions and behaviours. I wouldn't be surprised if this was the case - or at least somewhat - in humans as well.

Perhaps you living on a vampire's time schedule makes you actually crave more light and more bright colours -> perhaps it's your body telling you to be in daylight a bit more. I wonder if you'll be able to stomach the muddy brown FPS colours better if you spend more time in the bright daylight.

I am curious, what type of year do you like the best? I like fall the best, love the colours.
Spring is nice too colour-wise but the colours in summer are always so pale and washed out in a way. Know what I mean?

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Dislike dark movies

I actually dislike movies that have too many 'dark scenes'. As I have very good night vision my eyes always see 'more' than what is shown in these dark-scenes. I find them irritating.

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