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A graphical point-and-click adventure game, released in 1996.

[[ProtagonistWithoutAPast The only thing Steve knows about himself is that his name is Steve, and he's really just taking that on faith.]] Initially the neighborhood may appear to be a perfect StepfordSuburbia, but with [[CrapsaccharineWorld even more things wrong than usual]]. Mom is baking (thousands of) cookies in preparation for a bake sale that's still a week away. Of course, they won't be good then, so she's shovelling them into the trash. Steve's baby brother lies screaming in his crib, neglected. Steve's [[{{MiddleChildSyndrome}}other brother]], Hank, is immovable from in front of the television, where he watches a disturbingly gory and realistic show about cowboys killing Native Americans. There's not much of a plot or anything, just killing them over and over, with the "special effects" making it disturbingly real.

Mom informs Steve that when the big day comes, the town's Lodge will have a big blood drive, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} everyone has to give blood]]. Well, [[HintDropping except for Lodge members.]] [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Steve should consider joining the Lodge.]] So, Steve [[ButThouMust decides]] to join the Lodge, if he can make it past the paperboy. See, times have been tough around Harvest since the newspaper building burned down, and a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right? If there aren't any newspapers being made, then our lad has decided to pick them up. He'd really appreciate it if you could help him out, just leave a newspaper for him outside every day... or there might be some consequences.

Upon visiting the Lodge, the Lodge's Sergeant At Arms informs Steve telepathically that the Lodge has standards Steve must meet in order to apply, and for today's task Steve must steal or otherwise acquire an application to the Lodge. Each day, Steve is given a successively worse task. From stealing an antique barber pole from its shop (how was Steve supposed to know that the wires from the pole's light would land in a puddle of water, or that the shopkeep would be standing in that puddle when he went to go turn the pole on in the dark?) to outright arson (which provokes suicide), Steve finds himself [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain becoming more and more the villain in his own tale]], but he can't stop... he has to join the Lodge before the blood drive. Everyone has to help with the blood drive, Steve.

Unsurprisingly, it was considered one of the most disgusting games ever created. ''Harvester'' is a reaction to, and {{deconstruction}} of, the idea that video games promote violence, taking it to its furthest extreme in the idea that video games [[MurderSimulator create serial killers]]. Steve is a normal boy who's been abducted and placed into an incredibly detailed Virtual Reality simulation, the ultimate goal of which is to turn him into a serial killer, essentially a boy put into a video game that will make him a killer, or kill him. Because of the game's graphic nature, it was banned in Germany, heavily censored in the UK, and never released in Australia at all, as the distributor felt there would be no point as the game would just get banned anyway. In the US, the game received heavy attention from MoralGuardians and MediaWatchdog types. ''Harvester'' set out to offend the hell out of anyone who took it seriously, while simultaneously using a quirky sense of humor for anyone else. E.G., when asked about Edna, the owner of the local diner, Mr. Johnson announces that "what she really needs" is a penis. The game's goal is both to make you laugh at certain points and be horrified at others, it's a rare person that ''Harvester'' cannot make squirm at some point.



!!This game provides examples of:

* ArcWords: "You always were a kidder, Steve."
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The programmers behind the MurderSimulator that is Harvest.]]
* BlackComedy: Harvest’s more…peculiar elements are frequently PlayedForLaughs.
* BrokenAesop: Arguable. [[spoiler: The game’s {{Aesop}} is that exposure to violent media can lead people to become violent themselves, and tries to demonstrate this by forcing the player to perform heinous actions to win, and then rub their nose in it in the end. Whether this move works or simply breaks the Aesop completely is debatable.]]
* ButThouMust: You will join the Lodge, whether you like it or not. Oh, and you will commit crime after crime, all because some guy in front of a door keeps telling you to.
** Also Option B seems to be that the Lodge will come for ''your blood'' in the Blood Drive, if you're not a member.
* CampGay: The Harvest Fire Department. They drive a pink fire truck, and spend their spare time drawing pictures of naked men. Easily one of the ''[[SerialEscalation least]]'' insulting moments of the entire game.
* ChainsawGood: Subverted. You can pick up a chainsaw (after killing its former owner, a birthday clown), and it is one of the most powerful melee weapons in the game. However, it has limited fuel, burns through its ammo supply quickly, and by the time you get it, you’ll probably have much more reliable weapons on hand.
* TheCorruption: [[spoiler: The whole reason behind...well, the whole town.]]
* CorruptHick: Sherriff Dwayne: Big on pie eating, light on crime fighting. [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin Unless it’s Steve that’s breaking the law.]]
* DeadBabyComedy: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ...Well...not much more to say, really.]]
* DeathBySex: If you sleep with the hooker in the Lodge, you get a STD that will kill you if you don't find the vaccine.
* DeconstructionGame: Mocking VideogameCrueltyPotential and the idea that EvilIsCool.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Steve and Stephanie get married in the dream, but die in reality.]]
** Actually, when [[spoiler: Steve reaches Stephanie, he has to either kill her or marry her. Marrying her is actually the better of two [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] you can get. If you kill her, well... Steve will be brought back to the real world alive and a full-fledged serial killer. He will play hitchhiker and go into a woman's car. He plays innocent long enough to take out a knife and kill her gruesomely. Later, he is playing the game Harvester on his computer, and his mother expresses concern that the game he's playing could make him violent. He just blows it off. As she leaves, she says something like "Why do you think people watch Roadrunner cartoons?" (See WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes) Steve says "Roadrunner cartoons? Roadrunner cartoons?" He gives an EvilLaugh, and we are treated to the sight of the inside of his stomach, where he evidently sliced off that woman's finger and ''swallowed'' it whole! Serious {{Squick}}! At least choosing to marry Stephanie essentially allows you to give the two scientists behind this sick project the finger. Although the two scientists did say about how they'll just make a serial killer the old-fashioned way...by giving him "good breeding", followed by the EvilLaugh]].
* EasterEgg: Found during a LetsPlay that was experimenting with [[PooAndAssAreTaken curse words in the text parser]]. It turns out, asking Steve's mother to [[spoiler: "FUCK" will cause her to [[{{Squick}} seriously consider the offer]].]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: You know the button that launches all those nukes? Maybe they shouldn't have put it directly under a mentally unstable torso-man with a recoil-heavy machine gun.
* EyeScream: Cat-o-Nine Tails, plus mutant inbreed’s face, equals devastation.
* {{Fingore}}: A really nasty one occurs in the bad ending.
* FourStarBadass: Colonel Buster Monroe. The bastard got his entire lower body shot off during WWII, so what did he do? He crawled all the way from Germany to England, stopping every few miles to wind his intestines back in. In any other game, that’d just be ludicrous; here, it’s par for the course.
* GeneralRipper: Colonel Monroe. Just try to piss him off.
* {{Gorn}}: There WERE a few genuinely chilling scenes, however.
* InfantImmortality: Steve's brother, Hank, cannot be killed no matter what. Subverted with Karin; killing her, though, collapses the plot and gives you an instant GameOver. You can also kill Jimmy the paper boy... if he doesn't kill you first.
** Steve's baby brother, while he can't be killed, eats a wasp and... [[EyeScream other things happen...]]
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: The Lodge mostly consists of killing everything in your way and climbing to the next floor.
* LargeHam: Appropriately enough, Mr. Pottsdam. “Meat! MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAT!”
* MoralGuardians: When it was released, one angry guardian claimed that one particular scene, involving the decapitation of an infant, was so horrifying that she ''literally could not believe it wasn't real''. Yes. She believed the makers of ''Harvester'' murdered a baby.
* MurderSimulators: [[spoiler: The town of Harvest is an in-game example of this.]]
* NewMediaAreEvil: PlayedForLaughs with Boyle, who blames television for the fall in mail circulation, and has already burned the local TV station down at least once. [[spoiler: Played horrifyingly straight with the ending. The entire town of Harvest is a virtual reality game, meant to break Steve and turn him into an actual serial killer.]]
* PetTheDog: Steve rescuing Karin from Mr. Pottsdam early in Day 3. [[spoiler: Which makes the end of Day 5 all the worse.]]
* RealMenEatMeat: Mr. Pottsdam subscribes to this philosophy. [[spoiler: The only reason he’s marrying Stephanie off is so he can get a job with Steve’s dad’s meat plant. When that falls through, he offers Stephanie as a means of joining the Lodge, and tries to kill Steve. In a freezer. Full of meat. I’m sensing a pattern here…]]
* RefugeInAudacity / RefugeInVulgarity: EVERYTHING! The whole point of this game was to piss off the MoralGuardians. [[GoneHorriblyRight IT SUCCEEDED.]]
* SadistTeacher: The town’s school is staffed entirely by this. [[spoiler: Hell, the Principal is the second-in-command at the Lodge.]]
-->“We don’t believe in ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child.’ A rod is too thin. But a baseball bat…”
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole game is an escalating series of these, culminating in [[spoiler: Steve’s rescue of Stephanie.]]
* SignsOfDisrepair: Edna-- scratch that, '[[EnvironmentalSymbolism DNA'S DINER]].'
-->'''Mr. Pittsdam:''' This town won't be the same without DNA's diner. [[LiteralMinded Or DNA, for that matter]].
* StepfordSmiler: Both Steve’s Mom and Mrs. Pottsdam.
** In fact, your mother, Stephanie's mother, and every other mother in the game are all played by the same actress, as though they had been mass produced.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou
* ThrivingGhostTown: PlayedStraight. Harvest boasts a population of 51 -- and dropping.
* TitleDrop: "You can't live in Harvest without being a Harvester."
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: Harvest isn’t real. It’s a VR program, shaped to destroy its victim’s will in the most efficient way possible.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: The town of Harvest. It is clear from the get-go that Harvest is not a nice place to live, and nobody even tries to hide that. Despite this, it does contain a DarkSecret like you would not believe. [[spoiler: The town of Harvest does not exist. It is just a virtual reality program that Steve and Stephanie were hooked up to. The entire program is a murder simulator and it is supposed to slowly and surely turn Steve into a SerialKiller. He can get out of the program...if he murders Stephanie and makes her KilledOffForReal.]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can kill almost everyone. Hell, only a few even bother to fight back! And that’s not including all the killing Steve has to do…
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: If you kill anyone [[spoiler: prior to entering the Lodge]], Steve is arrested and executed immediately.
** There's actually a random element to this. Certain characters not essential to the plot ''can'' be killed, and whether or not Steve gets away with it seems to be random chance. Namely, there seems to be some percentage chance that killing the mortician will go unpunished.
** There's also a way to blackmail the sheriff, which results in a GetOutOfJailFreeCard, which allows you to get away with killing a single NPC who isn't essential to the plot.
* ViolenceDiscretionShot: Parodied, as the only such shot in the whole game is used for a scene where the sheriff smacks his deputy with a rolled-up newspaper.
* WideOpenSandbox: Steve can go anywhere in Harvest during the day, including places that have no actual bearing on the game itself. A few puzzles even allow for alternate solutions in this way.
* WombLevel: One of the ''least'' disturbing things Steve fights through in The Lodge.
* WouldHurtAChild: Steve. Very much so.
** Also... just about everyone in Harvest.
* YouBastard: If you actually enjoy ''Harvester'' at any point, you are a monster. The game ''itself'' tells you this, and it's trying to entertain you!.

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A graphical point-and-click adventure game, released in 1996.

[[ProtagonistWithoutAPast The only thing Steve knows about himself is that his name is Steve, and he's really just taking that on faith.]] Initially the neighborhood may appear to be a perfect StepfordSuburbia, but with [[CrapsaccharineWorld even more things wrong than usual]]. Mom is baking (thousands of) cookies in preparation for a bake sale that's still a week away. Of course, they won't be good then, so she's shovelling them into the trash. Steve's baby brother lies screaming in his crib, neglected. Steve's [[{{MiddleChildSyndrome}}other brother]], Hank, is immovable from in front of the television, where he watches a disturbingly gory and realistic show about cowboys killing Native Americans. There's not much of a plot or anything, just killing them over and over, with the "special effects" making it disturbingly real.

Mom informs Steve that when the big day comes, the town's Lodge will have a big blood drive, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} everyone has to give blood]]. Well, [[HintDropping except for Lodge members.]] [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Steve should consider joining the Lodge.]] So, Steve [[ButThouMust decides]] to join the Lodge, if he can make it past the paperboy. See, times have been tough around Harvest since the newspaper building burned down, and a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right? If there aren't any newspapers being made, then our lad has decided to pick them up. He'd really appreciate it if you could help him out, just leave a newspaper for him outside every day... or there might be some consequences.

Upon visiting the Lodge, the Lodge's Sergeant At Arms informs Steve telepathically that the Lodge has standards Steve must meet in order to apply, and for today's task Steve must steal or otherwise acquire an application to the Lodge. Each day, Steve is given a successively worse task. From stealing an antique barber pole from its shop (how was Steve supposed to know that the wires from the pole's light would land in a puddle of water, or that the shopkeep would be standing in that puddle when he went to go turn the pole on in the dark?) to outright arson (which provokes suicide), Steve finds himself [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain becoming more and more the villain in his own tale]], but he can't stop... he has to join the Lodge before the blood drive. Everyone has to help with the blood drive, Steve.

Unsurprisingly, it was considered one of the most disgusting games ever created. ''Harvester'' is a reaction to, and {{deconstruction}} of, the idea that video games promote violence, taking it to its furthest extreme in the idea that video games [[MurderSimulator create serial killers]]. Steve is a normal boy who's been abducted and placed into an incredibly detailed Virtual Reality simulation, the ultimate goal of which is to turn him into a serial killer, essentially a boy put into a video game that will make him a killer, or kill him. Because of the game's graphic nature, it was banned in Germany, heavily censored in the UK, and never released in Australia at all, as the distributor felt there would be no point as the game would just get banned anyway. In the US, the game received heavy attention from MoralGuardians and MediaWatchdog types. ''Harvester'' set out to offend the hell out of anyone who took it seriously, while simultaneously using a quirky sense of humor for anyone else. E.G., when asked about Edna, the owner of the local diner, Mr. Johnson announces that "what she really needs" is a penis. The game's goal is both to make you laugh at certain points and be horrified at others, it's a rare person that ''Harvester'' cannot make squirm at some point.



!!This game provides examples of:

* ArcWords: "You always were a kidder, Steve."
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The programmers behind the MurderSimulator that is Harvest.]]
* BlackComedy: Harvest’s more…peculiar elements are frequently PlayedForLaughs.
* BrokenAesop: Arguable. [[spoiler: The game’s {{Aesop}} is that exposure to violent media can lead people to become violent themselves, and tries to demonstrate this by forcing the player to perform heinous actions to win, and then rub their nose in it in the end. Whether this move works or simply breaks the Aesop completely is debatable.]]
* ButThouMust: You will join the Lodge, whether you like it or not. Oh, and you will commit crime after crime, all because some guy in front of a door keeps telling you to.
** Also Option B seems to be that the Lodge will come for ''your blood'' in the Blood Drive, if you're not a member.
* CampGay: The Harvest Fire Department. They drive a pink fire truck, and spend their spare time drawing pictures of naked men. Easily one of the ''[[SerialEscalation least]]'' insulting moments of the entire game.
* ChainsawGood: Subverted. You can pick up a chainsaw (after killing its former owner, a birthday clown), and it is one of the most powerful melee weapons in the game. However, it has limited fuel, burns through its ammo supply quickly, and by the time you get it, you’ll probably have much more reliable weapons on hand.
* TheCorruption: [[spoiler: The whole reason behind...well, the whole town.]]
* CorruptHick: Sherriff Dwayne: Big on pie eating, light on crime fighting. [[CantGetAwayWithNuthin Unless it’s Steve that’s breaking the law.]]
* DeadBabyComedy: [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin ...Well...not much more to say, really.]]
* DeathBySex: If you sleep with the hooker in the Lodge, you get a STD that will kill you if you don't find the vaccine.
* DeconstructionGame: Mocking VideogameCrueltyPotential and the idea that EvilIsCool.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Steve and Stephanie get married in the dream, but die in reality.]]
** Actually, when [[spoiler: Steve reaches Stephanie, he has to either kill her or marry her. Marrying her is actually the better of two [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] you can get. If you kill her, well... Steve will be brought back to the real world alive and a full-fledged serial killer. He will play hitchhiker and go into a woman's car. He plays innocent long enough to take out a knife and kill her gruesomely. Later, he is playing the game Harvester on his computer, and his mother expresses concern that the game he's playing could make him violent. He just blows it off. As she leaves, she says something like "Why do you think people watch Roadrunner cartoons?" (See WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes) Steve says "Roadrunner cartoons? Roadrunner cartoons?" He gives an EvilLaugh, and we are treated to the sight of the inside of his stomach, where he evidently sliced off that woman's finger and ''swallowed'' it whole! Serious {{Squick}}! At least choosing to marry Stephanie essentially allows you to give the two scientists behind this sick project the finger. Although the two scientists did say about how they'll just make a serial killer the old-fashioned way...by giving him "good breeding", followed by the EvilLaugh]].
* EasterEgg: Found during a LetsPlay that was experimenting with [[PooAndAssAreTaken curse words in the text parser]]. It turns out, asking Steve's mother to [[spoiler: "FUCK" will cause her to [[{{Squick}} seriously consider the offer]].]]
* TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt: You know the button that launches all those nukes? Maybe they shouldn't have put it directly under a mentally unstable torso-man with a recoil-heavy machine gun.
* EyeScream: Cat-o-Nine Tails, plus mutant inbreed’s face, equals devastation.
* {{Fingore}}: A really nasty one occurs in the bad ending.
* FourStarBadass: Colonel Buster Monroe. The bastard got his entire lower body shot off during WWII, so what did he do? He crawled all the way from Germany to England, stopping every few miles to wind his intestines back in. In any other game, that’d just be ludicrous; here, it’s par for the course.
* GeneralRipper: Colonel Monroe. Just try to piss him off.
* {{Gorn}}: There WERE a few genuinely chilling scenes, however.
* InfantImmortality: Steve's brother, Hank, cannot be killed no matter what. Subverted with Karin; killing her, though, collapses the plot and gives you an instant GameOver. You can also kill Jimmy the paper boy... if he doesn't kill you first.
** Steve's baby brother, while he can't be killed, eats a wasp and... [[EyeScream other things happen...]]
* ItsAllUpstairsFromHere: The Lodge mostly consists of killing everything in your way and climbing to the next floor.
* LargeHam: Appropriately enough, Mr. Pottsdam. “Meat! MEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAT!”
* MoralGuardians: When it was released, one angry guardian claimed that one particular scene, involving the decapitation of an infant, was so horrifying that she ''literally could not believe it wasn't real''. Yes. She believed the makers of ''Harvester'' murdered a baby.
* MurderSimulators: [[spoiler: The town of Harvest is an in-game example of this.]]
* NewMediaAreEvil: PlayedForLaughs with Boyle, who blames television for the fall in mail circulation, and has already burned the local TV station down at least once. [[spoiler: Played horrifyingly straight with the ending. The entire town of Harvest is a virtual reality game, meant to break Steve and turn him into an actual serial killer.]]
* PetTheDog: Steve rescuing Karin from Mr. Pottsdam early in Day 3. [[spoiler: Which makes the end of Day 5 all the worse.]]
* RealMenEatMeat: Mr. Pottsdam subscribes to this philosophy. [[spoiler: The only reason he’s marrying Stephanie off is so he can get a job with Steve’s dad’s meat plant. When that falls through, he offers Stephanie as a means of joining the Lodge, and tries to kill Steve. In a freezer. Full of meat. I’m sensing a pattern here…]]
* RefugeInAudacity / RefugeInVulgarity: EVERYTHING! The whole point of this game was to piss off the MoralGuardians. [[GoneHorriblyRight IT SUCCEEDED.]]
* SadistTeacher: The town’s school is staffed entirely by this. [[spoiler: Hell, the Principal is the second-in-command at the Lodge.]]
-->“We don’t believe in ‘Spare the rod and spoil the child.’ A rod is too thin. But a baseball bat…”
* ShootTheShaggyDog: The whole game is an escalating series of these, culminating in [[spoiler: Steve’s rescue of Stephanie.]]
* SignsOfDisrepair: Edna-- scratch that, '[[EnvironmentalSymbolism DNA'S DINER]].'
-->'''Mr. Pittsdam:''' This town won't be the same without DNA's diner. [[LiteralMinded Or DNA, for that matter]].
* StepfordSmiler: Both Steve’s Mom and Mrs. Pottsdam.
** In fact, your mother, Stephanie's mother, and every other mother in the game are all played by the same actress, as though they had been mass produced.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou
* ThrivingGhostTown: PlayedStraight. Harvest boasts a population of 51 -- and dropping.
* TitleDrop: "You can't live in Harvest without being a Harvester."
* TomatoInTheMirror: [[spoiler: Harvest isn’t real. It’s a VR program, shaped to destroy its victim’s will in the most efficient way possible.]]
* TownWithADarkSecret: The town of Harvest. It is clear from the get-go that Harvest is not a nice place to live, and nobody even tries to hide that. Despite this, it does contain a DarkSecret like you would not believe. [[spoiler: The town of Harvest does not exist. It is just a virtual reality program that Steve and Stephanie were hooked up to. The entire program is a murder simulator and it is supposed to slowly and surely turn Steve into a SerialKiller. He can get out of the program...if he murders Stephanie and makes her KilledOffForReal.]]
* VideoGameCrueltyPotential: You can kill almost everyone. Hell, only a few even bother to fight back! And that’s not including all the killing Steve has to do…
* VideoGameCrueltyPunishment: If you kill anyone [[spoiler: prior to entering the Lodge]], Steve is arrested and executed immediately.
** There's actually a random element to this. Certain characters not essential to the plot ''can'' be killed, and whether or not Steve gets away with it seems to be random chance. Namely, there seems to be some percentage chance that killing the mortician will go unpunished.
** There's also a way to blackmail the sheriff, which results in a GetOutOfJailFreeCard, which allows you to get away with killing a single NPC who isn't essential to the plot.
* ViolenceDiscretionShot: Parodied, as the only such shot in the whole game is used for a scene where the sheriff smacks his deputy with a rolled-up newspaper.
* WideOpenSandbox: Steve can go anywhere in Harvest during the day, including places that have no actual bearing on the game itself. A few puzzles even allow for alternate solutions in this way.
* WombLevel: One of the ''least'' disturbing things Steve fights through in The Lodge.
* WouldHurtAChild: Steve. Very much so.
** Also... just about everyone in Harvest.
* YouBastard: If you actually enjoy ''Harvester'' at any point, you are a monster. The game ''itself'' tells you this, and it's trying to entertain you!.

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Mom informs Steve that when the big day comes, the town's Lodge will have a big blood drive, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} everyone has to give blood]]. Well, [[{{HintDropping}} except for Lodge members.]] [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Steve should consider joining the Lodge.]] So, Steve [[ButThouMust decides]] to join the Lodge, if he can make it past the paperboy. See, times have been tough around Harvest since the newspaper building burned down, and a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right? If there aren't any newspapers being made, then our lad has decided to pick them up. He'd really appreciate it if you could help him out, just leave a newspaper for him outside every day... or there might be some consequences.

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Mom informs Steve that when the big day comes, the town's Lodge will have a big blood drive, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} everyone has to give blood]]. Well, [[{{HintDropping}} [[HintDropping except for Lodge members.]] [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Steve should consider joining the Lodge.]] So, Steve [[ButThouMust decides]] to join the Lodge, if he can make it past the paperboy. See, times have been tough around Harvest since the newspaper building burned down, and a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right? If there aren't any newspapers being made, then our lad has decided to pick them up. He'd really appreciate it if you could help him out, just leave a newspaper for him outside every day... or there might be some consequences.





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** Actually, when [[spoiler: Steve reaches Stephanie, he has to either kill her or marry her. Marrying her is actually the better of two [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] you can get. If you kill her, well... Steve will be brought back to the real world alive and a full-fledged serial killer. He will play hitchhiker and go into a woman's car. He plays innocent long enough to take out a knife and kill her gruesomely. Later, he is playing the game Harvester on his computer, and his mother expresses concern that the game he's playing could make him violent. He just blows it off. As she leaves, she says something like "Why do you think people watch Roadrunner cartoons?" (See LooneyTunes) Steve says "Roadrunner cartoons? Roadrunner cartoons?" He gives an EvilLaugh, and we are treated to the sight of the inside of his stomach, where he evidently sliced off that woman's finger and ''swallowed'' it whole! Serious {{Squick}}! At least choosing to marry Stephanie essentially allows you to give the two scientists behind this sick project the finger. Although the two scientists did say about how they'll just make a serial killer the old-fashioned way...by giving him "good breeding", followed by the EvilLaugh]].

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** Actually, when [[spoiler: Steve reaches Stephanie, he has to either kill her or marry her. Marrying her is actually the better of two [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] you can get. If you kill her, well... Steve will be brought back to the real world alive and a full-fledged serial killer. He will play hitchhiker and go into a woman's car. He plays innocent long enough to take out a knife and kill her gruesomely. Later, he is playing the game Harvester on his computer, and his mother expresses concern that the game he's playing could make him violent. He just blows it off. As she leaves, she says something like "Why do you think people watch Roadrunner cartoons?" (See LooneyTunes) WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes) Steve says "Roadrunner cartoons? Roadrunner cartoons?" He gives an EvilLaugh, and we are treated to the sight of the inside of his stomach, where he evidently sliced off that woman's finger and ''swallowed'' it whole! Serious {{Squick}}! At least choosing to marry Stephanie essentially allows you to give the two scientists behind this sick project the finger. Although the two scientists did say about how they'll just make a serial killer the old-fashioned way...by giving him "good breeding", followed by the EvilLaugh]].



* SignsOfDisrepair: Edna-- scratch that, '[[EnvironmentalSymbolism DNA'S DINER]].'

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* SignsOfDisrepair: Edna-- scratch that, '[[EnvironmentalSymbolism DNA'S DINER]].' '
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[[{{EasyAmnesia}} The only thing Steve knows about himself is that his name is Steve, and he's really just taking that on faith.]] Initially the neighborhood may appear to be a perfect StepfordSuburbia, but with even more things wrong than usual. Mom is baking (thousands of) cookies in preperation for a bake sale that's still a week away. Of course, they won't be good then, so she's shoveling them into the trash. Steve's baby brother lies screaming in his crib, neglected. Steve's [[{{MiddleChildSyndrome}}other brother]], Hank, is immovable from in front of the television, where he watches a disturbingly gory and realistic show about cowboys killing Native Americans, not much of a plot or anything, just killing them over and over, the "special effects" make it disturbingly real.

Mom informs Steve that when the big day comes, the town's Lodge will have a big blood drive, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} everyone has to give blood]]. [[{{HintDropping}} Well, except for Lodge members.]] [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Steve should consider joining the Lodge.]] [[{{But Thou Must}} Steve decides]] to join the Lodge, if he makes it past the paper boy that is. See, times have been tough around Harvest since the newspaper building burned down, and a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right? Well, if there aren't any newspapers being made, then our lad has decided to pick them up. He'd really appreciate it if you could help him out, just leave a newspaper for him outside every day... or there might be some consequences.

Upon visiting the Lodge, the Lodge's Sergeant At Arms informs Steve telepathically that the Lodge has standards Steve must meet in order to apply, and for today's task Steve must steal or otherwise aquire an application to the Lodge. Each day, Steve is given a successively worse task. From stealing an antique barber pole from its shop (how was Steve supposed to know that the wires from the pole's light would land in a puddle of water, or that the shopkeep would be standing in that puddle when he went to go turn the pole on in the dark...) to outright arson (which provokes suicide), Steve finds himself becomming more and more the villain in his own tale, but he can't stop... he has to join the lodge before the blood drive. Everyone has to help with the blood drive, Steve.

Needless to say, considered one of the most disgusting games ever created. Harvester is a reaction to, and {{deconstruction}} of, the idea that video games promote violence, taking it to it's furthest extreme in the idea that video games create serial killers. Steve is a normal boy who's been abducted and placed into an incredibly detailed Virtual Reality simulation, the ultimate goal of which is to turn him into a serial killer, essentially a boy put into a video game that will make him a killer, or kill him. Because of the game's graphic nature, it was banned in Germany, heavily censored in the UK, and never released in Australia at all, as the distributor felt there would be no point as the game would just get banned anyways. In the US, the game received heavy attention from MoralGuardians and MediaWatchdog types. Harvester set out to offend the hell out of anyone who took it seriously, while simultaneously using a quirky sense of humor for anyone else. E.G., when asked about Edna, the owner of the local diner, Mr. Johnson announces that what "she really needs" is a penis. The game's goal is both to make you laugh at certain points and be horrified at others, it's a rare person that Harvester cannot make squirm at some point.

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[[{{EasyAmnesia}} [[ProtagonistWithoutAPast The only thing Steve knows about himself is that his name is Steve, and he's really just taking that on faith.]] Initially the neighborhood may appear to be a perfect StepfordSuburbia, but with [[CrapsaccharineWorld even more things wrong than usual. usual]]. Mom is baking (thousands of) cookies in preperation preparation for a bake sale that's still a week away. Of course, they won't be good then, so she's shoveling shovelling them into the trash. Steve's baby brother lies screaming in his crib, neglected. Steve's [[{{MiddleChildSyndrome}}other brother]], Hank, is immovable from in front of the television, where he watches a disturbingly gory and realistic show about cowboys killing Native Americans, Americans. There's not much of a plot or anything, just killing them over and over, with the "special effects" make making it disturbingly real.

Mom informs Steve that when the big day comes, the town's Lodge will have a big blood drive, and [[{{Foreshadowing}} everyone has to give blood]]. Well, [[{{HintDropping}} Well, except for Lodge members.]] [[ShameIfSomethingHappened Steve should consider joining the Lodge.]] [[{{But Thou Must}} So, Steve [[ButThouMust decides]] to join the Lodge, if he makes can make it past the paper boy that is. paperboy. See, times have been tough around Harvest since the newspaper building burned down, and a guy's gotta do what a guy's gotta do, right? Well, if If there aren't any newspapers being made, then our lad has decided to pick them up. He'd really appreciate it if you could help him out, just leave a newspaper for him outside every day... or there might be some consequences.

Upon visiting the Lodge, the Lodge's Sergeant At Arms informs Steve telepathically that the Lodge has standards Steve must meet in order to apply, and for today's task Steve must steal or otherwise aquire acquire an application to the Lodge. Each day, Steve is given a successively worse task. From stealing an antique barber pole from its shop (how was Steve supposed to know that the wires from the pole's light would land in a puddle of water, or that the shopkeep would be standing in that puddle when he went to go turn the pole on in the dark...) dark?) to outright arson (which provokes suicide), Steve finds himself becomming [[ProtagonistJourneyToVillain becoming more and more the villain in his own tale, tale]], but he can't stop... he has to join the lodge Lodge before the blood drive. Everyone has to help with the blood drive, Steve.

Needless to say, Unsurprisingly, it was considered one of the most disgusting games ever created. Harvester ''Harvester'' is a reaction to, and {{deconstruction}} of, the idea that video games promote violence, taking it to it's its furthest extreme in the idea that video games [[MurderSimulator create serial killers.killers]]. Steve is a normal boy who's been abducted and placed into an incredibly detailed Virtual Reality simulation, the ultimate goal of which is to turn him into a serial killer, essentially a boy put into a video game that will make him a killer, or kill him. Because of the game's graphic nature, it was banned in Germany, heavily censored in the UK, and never released in Australia at all, as the distributor felt there would be no point as the game would just get banned anyways.anyway. In the US, the game received heavy attention from MoralGuardians and MediaWatchdog types. Harvester ''Harvester'' set out to offend the hell out of anyone who took it seriously, while simultaneously using a quirky sense of humor for anyone else. E.G., when asked about Edna, the owner of the local diner, Mr. Johnson announces that what "she "what she really needs" is a penis. The game's goal is both to make you laugh at certain points and be horrified at others, it's a rare person that Harvester ''Harvester'' cannot make squirm at some point.
1st Jul '12 11:30:53 AM Anaxagoras
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** Actually, when Steve reaches Stephanie, he has to either kill her or marry her. Marrying her is actually the better of two [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] you can get. If you kill her, well...[[spoiler: Steve will be brought back to the real world alive and a full-fledged serial killer. He will play hitchhiker and go into a woman's car. He plays innocent long enough to take out a knife and kill her gruesomely. Later, he is playing the game Harvester on his computer, and his mother expresses concern that the game he's playing could make him violent. He just blows it off. As she leaves, she says something like "Why do you think people watch Roadrunner cartoons?" (See LooneyTunes) Steve says "Roadrunner cartoons? Roadrunner cartoons?" He gives an EvilLaugh, and we are treated to the sight of the inside of his stomach, where he evidently sliced off that woman's finger and ''swallowed'' it whole! Serious {{Squick}}! At least choosing to marry Stephanie essentially allows you to give the two scientists behind this sick project the finger. Although the two scientists did say about how they'll just make a serial killer the old-fashioned way...by giving him "good breeding", followed by the EvilLaugh]].

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** Actually, when [[spoiler: Steve reaches Stephanie, he has to either kill her or marry her. Marrying her is actually the better of two [[DownerEnding Downer Endings]] you can get. If you kill her, well...[[spoiler: Steve will be brought back to the real world alive and a full-fledged serial killer. He will play hitchhiker and go into a woman's car. He plays innocent long enough to take out a knife and kill her gruesomely. Later, he is playing the game Harvester on his computer, and his mother expresses concern that the game he's playing could make him violent. He just blows it off. As she leaves, she says something like "Why do you think people watch Roadrunner cartoons?" (See LooneyTunes) Steve says "Roadrunner cartoons? Roadrunner cartoons?" He gives an EvilLaugh, and we are treated to the sight of the inside of his stomach, where he evidently sliced off that woman's finger and ''swallowed'' it whole! Serious {{Squick}}! At least choosing to marry Stephanie essentially allows you to give the two scientists behind this sick project the finger. Although the two scientists did say about how they'll just make a serial killer the old-fashioned way...by giving him "good breeding", followed by the EvilLaugh]].
28th Jun '12 8:35:39 PM Lock
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* FridgeBrilliance: Look at all those horrible lessons and sociopathic philosophical musings delivered by characters in the Lodge! That's sick! It's the kind of thinking a serial killer would display! [[spoiler: And that's ''exactly'' the goddamn point! Steve is being trained to become one.]]
15th Jun '12 6:09:54 PM DiscoGlacier
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* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:The programmers behind the MurderSimulator that is Harvest.]]
1st Jun '12 1:14:40 PM Anaxagoras
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[[{{EasyAmnesia}} The only thing Steve knows about himself is that his name is Steve, and he's really just taking that on faith.]] Initially the neighborhood may to be a perfect StepfordSuburbia, but with even more things wrong than usual. Mom is baking cookies, thousands of cookies in preperation for a bakesale that's still a week away. Of course, they won't be good then, so she's shoveling them into the trash. Steve's baby brother lies screaming in his crib, neglected. Steve's [[{{MiddleChildSyndrome}}other brother]], Hank, is immovable from in front of the television, where he watches a disturbingly gory and realistic show about cowboys killing Native Americans, not much of a plot or anything, just killing them over and over, the "special effects" make it disturbingly real.

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[[{{EasyAmnesia}} The only thing Steve knows about himself is that his name is Steve, and he's really just taking that on faith.]] Initially the neighborhood may appear to be a perfect StepfordSuburbia, but with even more things wrong than usual. Mom is baking cookies, thousands of (thousands of) cookies in preperation for a bakesale bake sale that's still a week away. Of course, they won't be good then, so she's shoveling them into the trash. Steve's baby brother lies screaming in his crib, neglected. Steve's [[{{MiddleChildSyndrome}}other brother]], Hank, is immovable from in front of the television, where he watches a disturbingly gory and realistic show about cowboys killing Native Americans, not much of a plot or anything, just killing them over and over, the "special effects" make it disturbingly real.
12th May '12 12:04:27 PM TiggersAreGreat
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25th Mar '12 1:08:58 PM Linkrulezall
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* WouldHurtAChild: Steve. Very much so.
**Also... just about everyone in Harvest.
16th Mar '12 7:23:48 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* CampGay: The Harvest Fire Department. They drive a pink fire truck, and spend their spare time drawing pictures of naked men. [[BeyondTheImpossible Easily one of the]] ''[[BeyondTheImpossible least]]'' [[BeyondTheImpossible insulting moments of the entire game.]]

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* CampGay: The Harvest Fire Department. They drive a pink fire truck, and spend their spare time drawing pictures of naked men. [[BeyondTheImpossible Easily one of the]] ''[[BeyondTheImpossible the ''[[SerialEscalation least]]'' [[BeyondTheImpossible insulting moments of the entire game.]]
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