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Weird Gaming: Bloodborne

The Weird Tradition

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Nov 2, 2018, 4:33am Top

I have a similar thread over in the Gothic Lit group, but for the sake of a little clarity (and so I can keep track of these things I'm finding for my own purposes) I'm making one here as well.

For the uninitiated, Bloodborne is a PS4 game (with many people hoping Sony will eventually let go of their exclusive rights so other platforms can get it) that is heavily influenced by Lovecraft. It's considered horror, but it's eldritch focus also puts it squarely into Weird territory.

I just today encountered this: an article linked through Steam that talks about the occult elements in Bloodborne, Cultust Simulator, and Pyre. I know of all three games, (own two) but have only played Bloodborne. For those such as myself who are interested in he academic and artistic potential of video games, this stuff is neat to read.


For general information on Bloodborne, I would suggest VaatiVidya on youtube. The wiki page for the game really doesn't do it justice as far as experience.

PS. Anyone have a clue on how to catalogue a video game?

Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 7:40am Top

>1 WeeTurtle: I just catalogue them manually as name + developer (as an author) and "software" format since the option now exists for a little while, they also have their own collection.

Here's an example for Oxenfree : http://www.librarything.com/work/17583736/

Edited: Nov 2, 2018, 3:23pm Top

>1 WeeTurtle: PS. Anyone have a clue on how to catalogue a video game?

Typically (there is no "requirement" so these are community rules or commonplace suggestions) any non-book item includes a qualifier in the title, so that it is not combined into other book editions. For example, {Boardgame} or {Video Game} in curly brackets, or some other style of bracket. Square brackets I think fail because of touchstones.

ETA I've seen several non-book items (vinyl LPs, Nintendo games) entered using square brackets, so I take back that part!

I notice that Oxenfree in the example provided by >2 Jarandel: failed to follow this community rule, which of course is permitted.

Nov 2, 2018, 4:05pm Top

I recently noticed that the psychedelic band H.P. Lovecraft has become entangled in the H.P. Lovecraft author data on LT. I didn't feel up to the separation work at the time, but if anyone's looking for a little data cleanup project to work towards one of those shiny badges ...

Nov 4, 2018, 8:39pm Top

An article and youtube video I found talking about Bloodborne's use of Lovecraft. Though I'm sure people would argue that the plot isn't as concrete as Super Bunnyhop (people are going to be really confused in the future about why our names suddenly turned funny) makes it sound, he brings up some points I haven't encountered before.


This was probably done before Bloodborne's "The Old Hunters" DLC, as in there some action takes place in a very familiar old fishing village.

Edited: Nov 10, 2018, 3:30am Top

I started looking up more lore and speculation around Bloodborne, specifically "The Old Hunters" as it's pretty much assumed knowledge that "the fishing hamlet" is heavily influenced by -if not directly representational of- Innsmouth. There are a number of fan theories on what the significance of the secret of the fishing village is, that being the mother kos, who is a the corpse of a great one lying on the shore.

(I do wonder if I should bother overmuch with spoilers since given the topic here, it could be a not brainer.

The wiki on Kos is extensive and contributors have pulled theories from other games, as well as cultural myths or legends. On the Lovecraftian end, she is thought to be the Bloodborne representation of "Mother Hydra" alongside "Father Dagon" of the deep ones.

https://bloodborne.wiki.fextralife.com/Kos+(Mother) (copy paste whole thing. link is buggy).

For my part, I knew more of Innsmouth than Bloodborne when I encountered this and so thought that Kos' corpse could have been an extension of the heavy attack at the end of Shadow Over Innsmouth.

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