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Game moments you don't want a loved one walking in on

Embarrassment and videogames have always gone side by side. Hardcore gamers wearing Commodore 64 clothing. Meandering outside your local game shop for a midnight launch to a chorus of inventive insults from folk falling out of pubs. Your other half catching you pulling a sickie trying to sign that elusive Chilean wonder kid in Football Manager; we’ve all been embarrassed in front of our family and friends over our gaming habits at some point.

But there’s ‘do you think anyone smelt me dropping that beef biscuit?’ embarrassment. And then there’s ‘accidentally relieving your bowels in public after one too many beers and a chicken vindaloo’ embarrassment. Guess which category someone walking in on you enjoying the following gaming shames falls into?

Shaming you silly in: Shadow of the Colossus

Sure, she might say she wants you to show a sensitive side. But just try explaining to your girlfriend why you’re blubbing like a baby over killing something that looks like the product of a steamy one-nighter between a koala and King Kong. Better get the hankies and the excuses at the ready, though. Because killing one of Colossus’ gentle giants in this enchanting adventure is like watching Bambi while parading your privates through a mincer.

Above: For most men this is Terms of Endearment in videogame form

Possible excuse: Tears? No. Don’t be stupid. It’s just hay fever. It’s winter, you say? Look the narrative is really affecting. It’s actually a moving love story. He’s braining these docile beasts for love, see. It’s just like Sleepless in Seattle. Honest.

Shaming you silly in: Metal Gear Solid/Metal Gear Solid: The Twin Snakes

There’s nothing like a family member walking in on you while you’re ogling a TV full of digital ass flesh. But follow Metal Gear’s First Lady into the little girl’s room quickly enough in Snake’s first 3D adventure and you’ll literally catch this heroine with her trousers down. Not a great time for mother to barge in for a dirty sock-search.

Above: We had to put 'Meryl no pants' into YouTube to find this. We're so lonely

Possible excuse: What? That’s not the standard issue uniform for armed forces? But who really needs trousers in, erm… Alaska?

Shaming you silly in: Condemned, Condemned Two: Bloodshot

Who doesn’t love their dear old gran coming over for Sunday roast? Stories about the war, enough Werthers’ Originals to give you diabetes and the dear old mare hijacking the TV to watch her stories. It’s just a pity she’ll have to endure you performing one of Condemned's grizzly kills before she can change the channel.

WARNING: the following video contains OAP-upsetting killing. Mainly with big planks with rusty nails

Above: These kills aren’t for the squeamish. And you don’t need to be an alchy forensic investigator to tell that's gotta hurt

Sega’s depraved first person brawler/shooter is like an interactive version of David Fincher’s Se7en. But as much as we love games inspired by Kevin Spacey serial killer flicks – especially those that let you pop open a junkie’s head with a toilet seat - we suspect granny might prefer her soaps.

Possible excuse: Don’t worry, that’s not blood or little bits of brain. No. It’s just… erm, isn’t it time for Days of our Lives gran?

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71 comments

  • cragnogoo - May 24, 2011 11:39 p.m.

    This wasn't so embarrassing really, but once I showed my mum how you could take a motorbike of the skyscraper in GTA San Andreas and she asked "you know you can't do that in real life right?".
  • Japanaman - May 23, 2011 5:14 p.m.

    You TOTALLY forgot: Playing BMX XXX Playing The Guy Game Playing DOAX 1 or 2 Tugging at womens' chests in Stretch Panic Playing Warioware on Wii Playing DDR with a controller Holding your light gun up to the tube Increasing a woman's chest size in any CAW, CAF, or CAS mode. Playing any kiddie game you can get your hands on for Achievement Points Photographing Rumble Roses chicks Photographing DOA chicks Streaking in Saints Row 2
  • Japanaman - May 23, 2011 5:11 p.m.

    My grandmother saw me playing Smackdown Vs Raw 2006 and wondered why the men were all in their underwear. Needless to say, if started playing as Undertaker a lot.
  • AlbVega - May 23, 2011 5:06 p.m.

    While I also have my GoW experiences, deffinitely Bayonetta takes the cake. Everytime she was stripping and summoning demons, or worse, when that gay theme song was playing (the game is great but, damnit, is that song gay). for some reason my mom, my sister or both just walked into the TV Room.
  • TheItalionStalion - November 12, 2009 5:39 p.m.

    i agree with coolbeans, bordelo in fable should have made the list. my little sister walk in when i went in there
  • mjunkie12 - December 7, 2008 4:44 a.m.

    My embarrassment scene would have to be the Execution in CoD 4. It's not exactly risque for anyone who plays it, but my family is still suspicious of a game where someone gets driven around a city watching people get shot
  • Cernunnos - September 29, 2008 11:18 a.m.

    @iffo: MGS is no cheesier now than before, you've just been wipped... how old are you guys? you let your parents deprive you of your own games? no matter how "wrong" a game is, they are private fraking property! you bend by your parents views of right and wrong?
  • L1GHTN1N - September 29, 2008 12:21 a.m.

    The sex scene in GoW was a great one... had to mess up and run away so my mom didn't see. Also there's one in MGS4 with Johnny in a barrel having some bowel issues, great time for my mom to walk in on. Also my dad still teases me for playing Okami (no idea why) and how I shed a tear at the end of MGS4. Good times...
  • GameGuru95 - September 27, 2008 8:20 p.m.

    First off,YAY first comment on this website :D! Second:I've had A LOT of walk ins.I was bored once playing IV and decided to random get some love from a hooker.So I get one,go to a secluded area,and I decide to get the $70.Then my MOM walks in right when the girl says "Grab my titties now you ****!".I (luckily) convinced her to let me keep it.
  • DisgruntledTable - September 26, 2008 6:09 p.m.

    I'm pretty sure anytime I play Unreal Tournament my mom gets uncomfortable. Especially since I normally have the volume turned up so "DOUBLE KILL", "HEADSHOT", "KILLING SPREE" reverberate around the house. I turned off the cursing, though, so I think that's what saved me.
  • Spybreak8 - September 26, 2008 6:03 a.m.

    Haha yea it always happens when somebody is half naked on the screen. Funny thing is that a survey says that the average MMO player is thinner than the average American.
  • NogginPuncher - September 26, 2008 1:08 a.m.

    Ha, when I got Ninja Gaiden II, I decided to move it to the HDTV in the living room. And then my mom wanted to watch. I no longer own Ninja Gaiden II...
  • GunnyKTrain - September 25, 2008 11:25 p.m.

    what about the end of Finaly Fantasy X? or the death of aerith in VII? definitely don't want any loved ones walking in on you crying like a baby!
  • therealone - September 25, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    san andreas, they curse so much!!!
  • NERDRAGE - September 25, 2008 3:33 p.m.

    me and my mate were on farinhiet and his mum walk in a ran out screaming it took him 5 days to confinse his mum it was not porn lolz
  • Sash - September 25, 2008 8:04 a.m.

    What about the Mass Effect Love scene? Guaranteed for someone to come into the room at that time!
  • J-spit - September 25, 2008 4:37 a.m.

    I was playing ready 2 rumble boxing: round 2 and when the vs screen popped up, my mom noticed Lulu Valentine's erect nipples. I successfully convinced her that I didn't notice. Same game: my stepdad notices Lulu (yeah, she's my favorite) SHAKING her breasts. I almost just stopped playing.
  • Rasy2kG - September 25, 2008 4:34 a.m.

    hahaha, my friend got on "WoW" about 2 years ago...he hasn't been the same since he's not even a cool gamer
  • TheSuburbiaRuins - September 25, 2008 2:04 a.m.

    @Mikel - Thank you much! The sex scene is in the American version, but it doesn't show nip, cause I'd definitely remember that, I have the game.
  • Cel-Shaded - September 24, 2008 11:41 p.m.

    My mom walked in at the end of RE4 when Ashley offers Leon sex.

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