We’re not talking about frigging hockey masks! Nobody has
ever strapped on this mouthless,
empty-eyed, bone-colored facial façade with the intent of instilling a victim
with the fear and intimidation that comes with facing down a goaltender. No, virtually
every game character not playing for the NHL who’s ever put on a hockey mask is
doing it for one reason, and one reason only: to crib from Jason Voorhees. And
that’s our incredibly loose criteria here… or perhaps you’d prefer a quickie
feature cluttered with insipid images like this?
Above: “Best videogame hockey masks”… IS THIS REALLY WHAT YOU WANT!?
With that in mind, we tried to find as many instances of
characters dressing up as Friday the 13th’s hero (yes, he is the hero) in honor of Halloween. So turn out your lights and put
the lawyers to bed... it’s time for Jason Masks. Let’s start with the obvious:
Friday the 13th
Back before the ESRB was looking over anyone’s shoulder,
the LJN toy company struck while the horrific iron was hot and promoted the
slasher genre’s biggest character directly to children. It was quite possibly
the most colorful marketing Jason’s ever seen.
Above: Doin’ it for “THE CHILDREN”
Not sure how you’d explain Jason’s Teletubby color
scheme, but we’ll assume that they went light on the scares and gore due to Nintendo’s archaic
censorship policies of yore. Either way, other platforms had no such
scruples and painted a far grislier picture.
Go ahead and attribute this Mario mainstay’s origination
to any game you want, because the Shyguy’s been appearing in appearing in
Nintendo games for over 20 years.
No one knows what lies beneath the mask (other than the
occasional mouth cannon), but if we had to guess, it’s probably a Koopa Troopa,
which he was basically a sprite-swapped stand-in for once Japan
reskinned a promotional game as Super Mario Bros. 2. Speaking of Mario…
Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins
In a far more blatant homage to Friday the 13th, Mario’s
second outing on the Game Boy featured his most ghastly enemy to date!
Mario Land 2’s spine-tingling Pumpkin Zone didn’t just
contain the traditional Boos, but also the only appearance of the floating ga-ga-ga-ghost Goombas, wayward spirits forced to
forever roam and taunt Mario for the needless murders he’s committed throughout
the Mushroom Kingdom. Stands to reason these are horrifically themed Shyguys,
albeit WITH KNIVES EMBEDDED IN THEIR FACES.
Perhaps the only reason Namco didn’t get slapped with a
New Line lawsuit is because they went so far as to give Rick’s Jason Mask
Known as the Terror or Hell Mask, this here mugshield is
actually the only thing keeping Splatterhouse’s very dead Rick alive. It’s
claimed the mask is a Mayan artifact endowed with spooooky regenerative strength abilities, but it’s a safe bet it
still packs plenty of puck-stopping power when worn in Canada.
Final Fantasy VI
When Edgar unleashes his Chainsaw Attack on an enemy,
roughly 25 percent of the time it can result in an instant death.
You’ll know when it happens because he’ll momentarily look
just like the guy from Splatterhouse.