290: Thanks For all the Fish

Thanks For all the Fish

Sega's bizarre Dreamcast game Seaman simulated what it would be like to have a pet that kind of hated you.

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Watched a video about this on Screwattack/gametrailers some time ago

weirdest game EVER, I have no idea what they were thinking....interesting though

I think... I want one of those fish thingies?

That game is so utterly bizarre I can't even begin to comprehend the thought behind it. Does that make it genius or just plain weird?

Sounds creepy, the coelocanth comment brought me back to Vertebrate Zoology screaming though.

i bought this game for me and a friend when it was sorta new. brilliant experience too. it only wanted to talk about an hour a day before it tell you it was done with you and to leave it alone.

not a game, per se, but a fascinating experience and one i'm glad to have had. it really stuck with me.

I advise watching the 'Messing With Seaman' series on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MqvIHxkQo

It's quite hilarious.

...eventually they'll be ready to mate...One swims overtop another, and the bobbing flagella that protrude from their heads schlup together to form a continuous hose.

Wait, so that thing on its forehead... it would actually be correct to call Seaman a 'dickhead'!

How the hell they got to publish this as a buyable product baffles me.... We have so many great games that gets flushed down the drain, but this bizarre thing gets through? Baffled, I tell you! Baffled!

Haakong:
How the hell they got to publish this as a buyable product baffles me.... We have so many great games that gets flushed down the drain, but this bizarre thing gets through? Baffled, I tell you! Baffled!

It's actually inadvisable to flush seamen down the drain. They end up in the sewers, you see, and they keep on growing. And growing.

I hear they feed on the alligators down there.

I remember reading about this in a magazine in an airport once. I wanted to get a dreamcast specifically for this game.

Oh man, it's been a while since I've seen anyone talk about that game (if you can really call it a game). While I've always know about the whole double entendre/creepy man-fish abomination that you 'converse' with angles, I wasn't aware that the game lampshades the sexual innuendo in the title, or that they reproduced like that (shudder).

So yay learning? Only not really, because now I just have additional nightmare fuel, darn it all.

Love the Hitchhiker's Guide references (also the rest of the article)!

IAmTheVoid:
I advise watching the 'Messing With Seaman' series on YouTube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4MqvIHxkQo

It's quite hilarious.

"Put this tongue in that mouth? I don't think so"

What a messed up game!

*snicker* Geez this is utterly hilarious! Thank you this was enjoyable to read, if not totally outlandish

I only read this article because the strange fish/man creatures on the main page were really creeping me out... now I've watched these things on Youtube and I doubt I'll ever be the same again... thanks Escapist, thanks a bunch!

I kid, I kid! But seriously, who thinks this sort of stuff up?

Thanks to this article I've been watching fish men swim around and ask disturbing questions for about forty-five minutes on youtube.

i think this was one of segas "High" points.
Pun intended

No mention of Leonard Nimoy? He seemed to add an air of credibility to it...until you met your fishman.

I *LOVED* this game.
It was so weird but so fun.
I love the Dougie headline of this piece as well, thank you.

I am glad this article exists as I love keeping up awareness of this title because I want a sequel. This game and Shenmue 1&2 are the only Dreamcast titles I kept!

http://www.destructoid.com/new-seaman-2-video-man-faced-fish-birds-and-cell-phone-using-cavemen-aplenty-46176.phtml
This is some article about Seaman 2, but for what?!?
I think it should be for 3DS...
http://www.destructoid.com/some-games-that-deserve-a-3ds-revival-191568.phtml

god this article brings back the good memories. i never could keep one of these things alive, untill later, i finally got one. it grew all the way, eventually leaving the tank and moving to land and becoming a frog. it was so weird oh sega, thank you.

That was... surreal.

Hulyen:
No mention of Leonard Nimoy? He seemed to add an air of credibility to it...until you met your fishman.

I'm pretty sure that had to be one of the selling points. Or at least why my Father was so keen on getting me to play that game when I was like nine and most of the references went over my head. It was the only thing I recognized at least.

(Now I know what he meant...)

I liked this article. Such a nice nostalgia bonus...and the reason why I plan on having a dog and not fish. Never fish. They just won't stand up to the snarky asshole quality that is Seamen. I miss you guys...

And then I'll go away again and realize I forgot to feed you again! Or that I ran out of food for the advanced fish. Or it's really awkward to talk to you guys after sex/eating the seaman I named (RIP Frank)/I had a life for a day.

Did that happen to anyone else? You go away for like a picnic...and come back and everyone is dead.

Hulyen:
No mention of Leonard Nimoy? He seemed to add an air of credibility to it...until you met your fishman.

Seriously, the moment I heard that caring, yet matter-of-fact narration of, "I'm Leonard Nimoy, and I will be your guide." I was completely hooked.

Haakong:
How the hell they got to publish this as a buyable product baffles me.... We have so many great games that gets flushed down the drain, but this bizarre thing gets through? Baffled, I tell you! Baffled!

This is why I loved the Dreamcast. Who knew what weird shit might come out for it.

Raised a Seaman all the way to maturity, and it remains one of the most unique experiences on a video game console I've ever had.

That is, without any exception, the weirdest thing I've ever seen in a game.

Seaman was one of many reasons I wanted to get a Dreamcast. If there's two things I appreciate in art or fiction, it's anything that's ambitious or offbeat, and between the premise and the 'talk to your pet and it talks back in the worst possible way' mechanic, Seaman had both qualities.

I had no idea such a game existed, a fiction stranger than truth? Yipes.

This article amused me.

I am going to amazon now to see if I can get this game.

CactiComplex:
I think... I want one of those fish thingies?

That game is so utterly bizarre I can't even begin to comprehend the thought behind it. Does that make it genius or just plain weird?

I am in the same boat.. I think.

Having a fish that asks you probing questions and makes wierd, rude jokes. Awesome...sort of. Slightly scary also. Like having your own pet perverted Socrates.

Talking fish are always fun to watch
the picture reminded me of this old treasure...

Vault101:
Watched a video about this on Screwattack/gametrailers some time ago

weirdest game EVER, I have no idea what they were thinking....interesting though

Pretty sure this is one of those times where Acid/Meth/Coke/Pot was involved. Or the developers just didnt care.

BUt yeah, I've played this game before. It still makes me shudder.

This was a great, yet odd game. I liked the microphone for it. It was an odd experience. My college buddies and I would crack open a few beers and see if we could get it to talk shit to us.

 

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