Homicidal Tendencies

Homicidal Tendencies is a fictional video game seen in Season Six of the Showtime series DEXTER.

It's the most recent game created by video-game designer Louis Greene. He shows the game to both Jamie Batista and Dexter Morgan.

Basics

According to Louis, the game is about Homicide but not in the typical way seen in "millions" of other games. Rather, in his game, the player is a serial killer. Some of the known characters that can be chosen from are Jeffrey Dahmer, Jack the Ripper and most importantly...The Bay Harbor Butcher. Based on this information, it is assumed the player can go about committing the actual murders by these characters as the "protagonist" while the police and other organizations would be the "antagonists." Gameplay style is not clear, however.

Features

Features within the game simply show a basic title menu, with the following options:

  • Controls (change or alter control scheme, allowing for different ways to play)
  • Audio (alter settings to control volume on music, sound fx, etc.)
  • Display (effect the way the game looks on screen, changing colors and brightness, etc.)
  • Killers (apparently a profile on each Serial killer you can play as, somewhat like a character selection option)
  • Configuration (allow you to change various things within the game to player's liking)
  • New Game (start a new play through the single player campaign)
  • Saved (Load previously saved games)
  • Exit (exit the game's program)

Apparent loading screen

The title screen contains a rusty backdrop with a bloody hand print on the side, placed over the title screen's options. In the center is a small window, similar to what might be found on the side of a ship with a man's face pressed against the glass, toned to black and white with a blood red eye. Below this is the words "Homicidal Tendencies," with Homicidal in red, bloody letters while Tendencies appears to be a plaque of sorts.

Clicking through the killers option (while it reveals no ultimate change to the screen) appears to bring about a loading screen where blood pours from the top of the screen, before changing to another screen (which is not shown).

Season Six

Early Build of Homicidal Tendencies

Louis reveals a game that he designed to Jamie Batista, which seems to feature her brother Sergeant Angel Batista rendered as a 3D video game character. Louis says the game is about Homicide and the inside of Miami Metro Homicide can be seen in this demonstration.

Jamie asks if Batista is the "main character." Louis says that, since that the game features police cases, he might be "lead" on a case. Louis never specifically states exactly what role her brother would play in the game.

Louis is anxious to show off his game to Dexter Morgan, a man he's idolized since joining homicide. When he finally gets the chance, he runs through what the game is about and lists the killers -- specifically putting emphasis on The Bay Harbor Butcher. Dexter says in his mind that he IS the Bay Harbor Butcher. Louis asks his opinion, hoping that he's impressed his hero. However, Dexter states with disgust that he thinks the game is offensive, and asks why someone would want to be a serial killer, or even want to take a life. He tells Louis that it's not a good idea, and to come up with something else.

Louis looks shocked, as if a serious blow had been dealt. He stares at the screen for a moment and tells Jamie Batista that he doesn't feel well. He cancels his date with her and leaves with his laptop. The next day, Louis mentions to Sergeant Angel Batista that he was unable to get any sleep.

In his next encounter with Dexter, Louis says he shouldn't focus on "make believe" and should get out into the world to make something of himself. He's next seen drawing lines on the palm of the Prosthetic Hand from a "Palm Cart" before mailing the hand to Dexter.

Season Seven

Dexter breaks into Louis's apartment and forcibly asks him why he sent him the hand, Louis reveals that he sent it because Dexter "spat on" his game that he had worked on for five years. After Dexter's criticism, he couldn't even look at it. Ultimately, the game was never released due to Louis being murdered by Isaak Sirko.

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