Thank you, Obsidian, for Grounded’s arachnophobia mode. The Honey I Shrunk the Kids-style survival game launched in Early Access yesterday, shooting to the top of the Steam charts and Twitch, and thankfully it already includes a way for you avoid becoming a blubbering mess at the sight of a giant spider. 

I’m in agreement with Andy that videogames have a giant insect problem, and that includes insect-adjacent creatures like arachnids and molluscs and all the other creepy crawlies. They’re a monster design crutch, but in Grounded the spiders are genuinely terrifying. Huge, fast, with big unblinking eyes that turn red when they’re hostile—they turned my time with the demo into a nightmare. 

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