Spooky Gaming Moments. Kinda.

by Darius Kazemi on October 30, 2007

in games

So a number of bloggers are posting their top scariest moments from video games, in honor of Halloween, I’m guessing.

I’ll do something a little different here.

You see, I’m a big wimp when it comes to video games. I get scared playing almost any game. Halo 3 is not terribly scary most of the time, but it scares me because the simple idea that there might be an enemy ambush up ahead is frightening. I get afraid playing Civilization 4 when the balance of power is tenuous. Advance Wars DS is scary during a fog of war map when there might be an enemy tank hidden in the trees.

Why haven’t I finished BioShock, or for that matter, System Shock 2 or Thief 2? Because those actually are mildly scary, and I’m fucking terrified when I play those. Even in a room with all the lights on and the windows open at noon. There’s a reason I don’t even touch survival horror games, people.

The only two games I’ve played recently that haven’t scared me are Skate and Wii Sports. Yeah, I’m a wimp.

{ 1 comment }

Bradley Momberger October 30, 2007 at 9:57 pm

I get charged up in a positive way when fighting against humans and human-like things in games. Wolfenstein 3d, Quake II, Team Fortress games for example are all very easy for me to deal with.

Aliens, monsters, and other organic baddies I have a hell of a time with, especially when they’re in water or dark places. One of the most frightening things to me is the barnacle from Half Life (and head crabs aren’t too good to me either). I plowed through the citadel in HL2:Episode 1 pretty easily, but I was getting pretty agitated in the first underground part, and as soon as I got past the first room of zombines and I saw the long rope tongues hanging down in the sewer hallway, I quit the game immediately and put it away until I could play during daylight hours.

This could be why I play more fighting games, which tend to be less immersive and more focused on human players. That said, I used to be fairly unsettled by a lot of the imagery in MK.

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