WIN: Limbo

Big spider or small boy?


John thought Limbo was great, even if the PC-porting was a bit shonky. So perhaps you might be interested in winning a copy? I thought so. We’ve got twenty Steam codes to give away. Email us here with the answer to this question: “If you were stuck in limbo – the metaphysical/theological state, rather than the platform game – which PC gaming character would you want to be stuck there with?”

The most metaphysical answers, as judged by us, will win Steam codes. Usual rules apply. Closing date is midday, 10th August.


  1. Coccyx says:

    I can’t see what the email is for my lack of word outlook. Shame.

    Edit: Got it. I knew I must have been missing something, thanks guys

    • Zakkeh says: with the subject I want to get stuck in(to) Limbo

      Hover over it with your mouse to see it

    • CMaster says:

      You could mouse-over the link and look in your status bar?

      Or right-click and copy?

      As an aside, I recommend getting an email client set up. Most mail services support it, and it’s much better than having to use webmail. – and the free Thunderbird is quite good enough.

      edit: Also, this

    • Kelron says:

      Gmail and even Yahoo mail work with mailto links.

    • sexyresults says:

      In chrome, right click link, copy email address. It’s really that easy :)

    • Pike says:

      If you use Firefox and GMail or Yahoo then go to Options->Applications and change the “mailto” dropdown to the correct service, it will then automatically open a compose window when you click the link.

    • Vexing Vision says:

      That depends how many email clients you currently have open.

      mail-to links are evil. :(

  2. LuNatic says:

    Max. Definitely Max.

  3. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    Lara Croft. Obviously.

  4. BloodPukeSalvation says:

    is there a limit to # of entries?

  5. Tuco says:

    These kind of contests make me really feel bad about my poor english.

    • Pew pew LAZORS! says:

      Haha, yeah same here.

    • Carra says:

      Google translate :)

    • Giggity says:

      how hard is it to write “I’d take him for that and that”?

    • Tuco says:

      @Carra and giggity:

      Way to miss the point. The hard part isn’t to write down basic sentences.
      It is to compete in creative writing with native English speakers; or, if you prefer, it’s to write something worth winning.

    • Burning Man says:

      You write perfectly well, stop fooling yourself. Now get out there and PARTICIPATE!

  6. Tei says:

    Minsc. Because barbarians are the thing you want wen you meet giant spiders. Also, he have all the funny lines, clearly.

  7. Melmoth says:

    In this particular case I would go with Kratos. Sorry, but if there’s a guy who knows hoew to get out of the Limbo it’s him.
    First I wanted to pick Guybrush, but I could never be that selfish.

    • iaguz says:

      It says PC gaming character, but Kratos was a damn good answer.
      Morte Rictusgrin from planescape torment. Bang.

    • Tuco says:

      Cause we all know how well it usually ends for those who share their path with Kratos.
      Sure, he would probably find his way out of the Limbo. I’m just doubtful, somehow, about you being able to follow him in his escape.

    • Melmoth says:

      if the other option is eternal boredom and the cries of the damned in the appartment beneath, I sure as hell would give it a try.
      btw: I actually read Dante’s Devine Comedy just a few months back. To be honest, I’ve never really gotten into it. It was just tedious and morally more than questionable.

    • Tuco says:

      it’s a fourteenth century book.
      Anyway, I’m not really sure that La Divina Commedia could make sense in anything but italian.

    • Melmoth says:

      I know what it is. I just think it lost a lot of it’s meaning for society, since it’s very focused on current situations and personalities of its time. Hardly a page goes by without a reference i had to look up (conviniently in the back of the book, but still anoying).
      And the morality in it is as I said questionable. From all the world’s classics I have read so far, it’s the most overrated to me. Just look up my nickname and you’ll find something faaaaar more worthwhile ;)

    • Tuco says:

      Yeah, well, you are still missing the point.
      I’m not that fond of the book neither, but you need context.
      First things first, of course its morality sounds questionable today. It’s a morality founded on a different society, a morality we no longer share.
      And if it looks focused on politics and personalities of its time, it’s cause that’s exactly what it did.

      Also, if it feels overrated to you, it’s cause reading a translation is utterly pointless.
      Of course, you can read it in a translated form just out of curiosity, but its historical relevance in literacy is not about what it tells, it’s all about how it’s written. What it is relevant is the fact that it’s one of the very defining books of the Italian language.
      And I mean quite literally. There was virtually no Italian before it. Not in a recognized form, anyway.
      Dante Alighieri refined what once were just vulgar dialects of Latin derivation into what was yet to become the modern Italian language. He started what Alessandro Manzoni perfected few centuries later with The Betrothed.

    • field_studies says:

      I highly recommend you listen to a bit of Robert Harrison (Stanford’s Dante scholar); I don’t think anyone has a better chance of convincing you not only of the Divine Comedy’s value but also its contemporary bearing than him.

      iTunes–the show’s called Entitled Opinions, and there’s a three-parter buried in the archives there that explicitly deals with Dante (though it feels like nearly half his shows reference him in some way). Also listenable straight from his website (link to, where you can find an even more succinct one-hour interview that deals with much of the same material (do a text search of the page for “Interview with Robert Harrison on CBC Radio”)

  8. quijote3000 says:

    Mortimer “Morte” Rictusgrin, without a doubt.

    Nordom: “Attention: Morte. I have a question. Do you have a destiny? A purpose?”
    Morte: “Is Annah still wearing clothes?”
    Nordom: “Affirmatory.”
    Morte: “Then the answer is yes.”
    Hell, even Limbo would be interesting with him.

    • lazysuperhero says:

      DAMN you sir! I was gonna post a comment about Planescape Torment and Morte and you beat me to the punch.

      Morte is a bloody genius character and Planescape Torment was an astonishingly brilliant game.. Granted it’s very old, but i’m surprised no one beside you on here name dropped it yet. An amazing Stroy/ Character driven RPG where combat isn’t the sole tool of advancement. Philosophically interesting and the metaphysical horror of what the nameless one keeps going through is such a brilliant idea. I think it’s time to give it another go…

      Morte though… you sure he’d be a perfect limbo companion, he’s bound to turn it to hell eventually. It wouldn’t be boring though.

    • iaguz says:

      Read a bit up sunny, beat you to it.

  9. McDan says:

    Do we have to say why or just which character?

  10. cgsinistro says:

    Nice (:

  11. neolith says:

    Can my limbo please be some kind of DOA volleyball spinnoff thing…?

    If not I want to hang out with Terry Pratchett’s Death. He seems kinda nice. :)

  12. Bishop99999999 says:

    Space Wolves. That chapter is so awesome they transcend contest subjects.

  13. Ham Solo says:

    Already bought it so derp derp.
    But I would choose Urdnot Wrex from Mass Effect 1 and 2.
    He would say “Shepard!” all the time and it would drive me insane, thus making me forget about me being trapped in Limbo.

  14. slpk says:

    These kinds of contests make me feel really bad about my poor creativity.

  15. Post-Internet Syndrome says:

    When are you going to make a post with the winners from the previous two competitions? I want to read the limericks.

  16. diebroken says:

    The King of Limbo of course! Wheee! XD

  17. yoggesothothe says:

    I’m going to post my entry here because I’m more interested in exploring and sharing the idea than I am in winning.

    Let us assume that the type of Limbo we’re talking about is more existential than it is physical (and by extension, physiological and psychological). That is to say, even if you are stuck, that doesn’t mean you yourself can’t change.

    This means that Limbo actually presents the possibility of infinite self-improvement because you can’t die–particularly the ability to directly face the fear of death and failure (which brings it closer to the concept of Valhalla, and indeed, a game). We fear failure because we don’t have infinite time and opportunity to correct our mistakes, which Limbo would handily sweep away such restrictions. And, obviously, if you can’t die, mortal wounds mean nothing (assuming you can’t be permanently mutilated either).

    Which means I would want an endlessly worthy adversary-as-mentor against whom I could forever clash and learn. And the top such adversary that comes to mind is Revan as developed in Knights of the Old Republic 2, where it is revealed that he foresaw the tabula rasa that he would become in the first game before he turned to the Dark Side (which explains why Bastilla was able to take him). My recollection of the lore is a bit hazy, but in KotOR 2, it is said that the real purpose of Revan entering the Mandalorian War was to address an even greater and unknown threat that could not be tackled without going to the Dark Side.

    These two factors reveal an individual who can see ten steps ahead, and who knows himself so totally and has such an absolute sense of purpose that he is not afraid to completely lose his identity for the sake of a higher goal. It reveals an individual who has no qualms about merging with the Other in order to become whole. This, coupled with his obvious thirst and capacity for infinite self-improvement, means there are few other characters that have been conceived in the history of PC gaming who would so superbly fill the role of adversary-as-mentor.

    (Possible source of disqualification: The KotOR games came out on Xbox first, though I always thought of them as cRPGs with console trappings.)

    • Melmoth says:

      Well physical punishment in the middle-ages was seen as a chance for the tortured one to redeem himself rather than punishment put on him by society. Even the souls in hell are offered a chance to eventually enter heaven, if they truly regret their deeds etc. With Revan at your side, your chances would rather go down than up.
      But that’s not my opinion, since I’m no fan of any religion.

    • yoggesothothe says:

      It occurred to me after I posted this that I’m really talking about Groundhog Day here. That kind of Limbo.

    • Burning Man says:

      I think you’re romanticizing Revan to a rather undue degree, but I liked the fantastical, poetical nature of your write-up, so I will not hold that against you.

    • The Dark One says:

      I see it the exact opposite way. If you’re in Limbo, it’s because you have the type of personality that wouldn’t bother with that whole self improvement thing. Limbo is the Realm of the Slacker, where there is no history because nobody there will bother to do anything of note, to make one moment different enough from the other to bother recording.

      If you had the initiative to go out and do something about being stuck in an existential grey fog, then you’d already be in some other metaphysical plane.

  18. Dana says:

    So what happened to the last contests ? Name the horse for MB With Fire and Sword, and Killing Floor ?

  19. Vile Vile Vilde says:

    I know my entry isn’t going to win.
    But now I feel compelled to wait until the 10th before buying Limbo just in case.
    Damn you.

  20. Westcreek says:

    Shame it’s PC only, i’d totally pick that crazy musician inside the mill in Ocarina of time. The guy that teaches you song of storms. I figure he’d drive everyone down there insane, leaving me with a clear escape path =D

    • diebroken says:

      If there’s enough time I’m sure they’d start to go sane again… :)

      link to

      (Just what the ‘Dr’ ordered)

    • Dr I am a Doctor says:

      Don’t you fucking link to tvtropes ever again.

    • lazysuperhero says:

      Noooooooooooooooooooooo don’t link to TV Tropes dammit! I just managed to escape! Don’t you KNOW how dangerous that place is?!11

    • Dr I am a Doctor says:

      It’s only dangerous to your conscience, if you don’t want traces of pedophiles, racists and cretins in your browsing history

  21. Slander says:

    I would want to be stuck with a vortigaunt from the Half-Life series. Vortigaunts exist in a state of non-linear time that crosses dimensions, so he could help me escape the way they rescued Alyx from the portal explosion at the end of HL2.

    • lazysuperhero says:

      And they did have a calming, soothing authoritative manner with which they are sure to stop you going mad.

  22. chabuhi says:

    Gina Timmins – Runaway

  23. Bostjan42 says:

    Manuel “Manny” Calavera from Grim Fandango.
    He has extensive experience traveling the metaphysical places.
    We would really get the place swinging…
    link to

  24. Wooly Wugga Wugga says:

    Is there any answer except for Grim Fandango’s Manny?
    Really now. This was too easy.

  25. Lambchops says:

    @ Bostjan and Wooly Wugga Wugga (typing that name made me smile, good work man!)

    There is another answer and that answer is Glottis!

  26. Theon says:

    The Wind Fish.
    I want to awaken from this absurd dream, already.
    I feel confined to an island of existence.

  27. Emb3rSil says:

    Let’s hope I win!

  28. Cvamped says:

    Tychus Findlay from Starcraft.
    That way, should we ever leave limbo. He’ll be there to say ” Hell..Its about time!”

  29. Alien Rope Burn says:

    Sam and Max (yes, they comprise one character), for they would add considerable levity to my repeated attempts to strangle myself onward to the next plane.

  30. Xan says:

    Weee just got my email with the Steam key.

    Here’s what I posted, it’s not too original or creative or well written though.

    “If I had to pick a video game character to be stuck with in Limbo I’d pick… the Malkavian player character from Vampire The Masquerade Bloodlines.

    If I have to be stuck with someone forever might as well pick a “chatty” person, the Malkavian madness would keep me entertained pretty much forever.

    We’d talk and talk and chat with the lovely voices in their head, maybe I’ll meet the TV man?

    And if I ever get bored, I could always join the madness.”

  31. MrArarat says:

    Awwww I was hoping that there was going to be a post about the winners…

    I thought expending limbo eternity time with Jim Raynor would be a pick up winner!

    So, if I didn’t receive an email with my key, it means that I lost? =(

  32. KenTWOu says:

    I chose Shodan. I didn’t win.

  33. MiniMatt says:

    Aww, guess I didn’t win then. Here’s what I went with:

    Were I to be stuck in limbo, and be aware of said predicament, I would wish to share my shadowy confines with Bob Katz from The Sims. Now you may not be aware of Bob Katz, for in your universe he does not exist. I however used my divine powers to blink him into existence over ten years ago. Prior to my divine intervention, Bob merely existed as ephemeral thoughts, ideas and impulses twisting in the mist before coalescing into a desire to simply be. As Bob has succesfully broken free from limbo, gone on to build a house, have a career, have woohoo and a family, he’s the ideal guide to escort me from my metaphysical realm. Over the eons as The Sims series receives, or lacks, my godly gaze, Bob has returned many times to the nether wastes of limbo returning each time just a little less whole and a little more deranged; lately he’s taken to inviting neigbours round for a party only to wall them up in a toilet-less room just to “see what would happen”. As such Bob also serves a grim warning as to the dangers of the shadowy half life and the terrible toll such trips enact upon the mind.

    I harbour a suspicion that just beyond the limits of my perception some luminescent deity is currently playing The Sims and guiding me to write this. Which would explain why I’ve been glued to my chair typing this for the last ten minutes despite busting for a wee. So please let me win a trip to Limbo so I can visit afore mentioned luminescent deity and request permission to go to the toilet. It’s kinda getting quite urgent now. Ta.