Harvester was a crap FMV horror game about High Scores released in the late 1990s that was meant to troll the concerned American public following the ESRB scapegoat taking fire at the time. It was created to spark drama following the recent speculation in American culture that violence in video games causes violence irl. Instead, it gleaned a cult following by gamers who recognized its unseen potential as being the greatest game ever made to parody VG violence.
The game usually takes most people one week to complete blind because some of the traps are completely retarded with no indication of how to solve them. You can probably expect to die quite a few times after stumbling across some NPC who would've drawn their weapon on you simply because you'd chosen the wrong answer to a question that is impossible to answer. Great gameplay.
You play the role of eighteen year old Steve Mason in the American town of Harvest, whose sole job is to embark on a few GTA-like missions to gain entry into the Masonic lodge so you can learn how to correctly kill innocent American people. (Get it? Haha? Mason, Masonic?) Anyway the people in Harvest range from borderline personality disorder to schizophrenia, and the ones who aren't clearly out of touch are meant to be even more creepy because no one else in town seems to notice their clear insanity. By killing enough people you eventually get to leave Harvest and become a serial killer in the real world, but only after a series of virtually violent encounters with random ingame NPCs.
Harvester's Main Message
Incredibly awesome violence and gore aside, there's actually a message hidden within Harvester. The message is not so subtly divided equally between both endings, so either one you choose will leave you with the game's main aesop.
GOOD ENDING: Roadrunner Cartoons
BAD ENDING: Getting Married (Lulz)
There's the alternate ending: where the game's message STILL can't be escaped: The Harvester scientists stand over your freshly dead corpse in an examination room discussing just how useless it is to use video games to create serial killers. Instead, they hint that genetics may play a bigger role in crime. This hypothesis, obvious though it is, has the backing of science. Not, in fact, based on fridge brilliance created by politicians and overly concerned parents quickly looking for something easy to blame instead of noting it to America's shit public school system and even shittier greater American society.
If you're a SJW without the humor to see the message then you would've probably played your way through to find an ending fork that would leave a bad taste in your mouth either way. Otherwise, if you're like the rest of us with common sense, then you'd see that if you truly believe that video games create criminals, then you're a fucking idiot.
High Score: The Game
Even Retsupurae thinks this game is fucked up
The game itself lives on as a Top 100 for the most nerdy of gamers. Though it was largely ignored at its release and failed as the potential drama bomb that the developers meant for it to be (they complained that the programming took quite some time), decades later we can only speculate at just how much trolling it could have done had the compile time not taken a few months longer than the anticipated release date. Harvester uses hilariously obscene amounts of full motion video to test the very idea that video games cause individuals to become serial killers. Attacking innocent NPCs in-game with something as weak as a pitchfork will lead to the death animation of the NPC to instantly explode to a gory shred of intestines, blood, piss, shit, semen and other vitreous entrails.
This heavy overuse of gore pushes Harvester's main point to the test-- if Harvester's final message isn't obvious enough for you because you're a concerned parent, then later on in the game at the pre-ending ultimatum, it's directly stated in the dialogue that video game monsters don't fucking exist... yet somehow after violently battling through a tower of them, you're somehow expected to instantly become a real life killer from fighting them.. amirite?
In any case, the game was featured a few years after its release in some obscure gaming magazines only to hear common complaints like "tighten up the graphics" and "horrible gameplay" while the American public was too busy crying about the later '90s issues like anthrax scares, grumpy jihadists, Timmy Mcyay and Y2K.
Some scenes were banned in Europe for being too violent though (Like the one of some kids eating out their mother), proving that PEGI is twice the hardass as the ESRB will ever be and that American culture as a whole is desensitized to the violence in gaming, and even still to this day, Americans are desensitized while having a ratings board uselessly overseeing the amount of violence published in their games.
You Always Were A Diddler, Steve
Texan Steve Mason (powerword: Kurt Kistler) was eventually arrested after Harvester for possession of child porn. Guess violent video games don't turn you into a serial killer but rather into a career pedophile.
Kurt is currently free and searching for a job following his arrest-- he perks up at the offer of any available work opportunity.
Forward your friendly fan mail to:
- 5303 Bryan Street
- Dallas, TX 75206
- (214) 490-8034
- [email protected] (He'll respond in minutes if the email is about a job offer, he ignores all other emails)
Changed: He recently moved due to his offender status
- 10326 Finnell St 102
- Dallas, TX 75220
- (214) 490-8034 (This is his cell, it still seems to be the same)
Kurt quickly answers when you call, he has a hilariously stereotypical Texan accent. Try not to ask him about his arrest, he'll hang up.
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