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RadioRadar podcast 062: A very scary podcast

Happy halloween! This week we talk about scary games, Zach cries, and we discuss how gross that new Ninja Gaiden trailer is. 

Hosts: Hollander Cooper, Lucas Sullivan, Zach Betka, Ryan Taljonick, Henry Gilbert
Question of the week: What's the most scared you've ever been while playing a game? Answer to win a free game, or some other awesome thing!
Intro song by Danny Baranowsky


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27 comments

  • RecessiveGeneSimmons - November 7, 2013 3:03 p.m.

    QotW: While "D" is the scariest horror game I've played, my scariest gaming experience was Silent Hill 4's "head room," which is SO MUCH less awesome than it sounds. The hospital itself is relatively milquetoast for Silent Hill, with your only threat being sentient wheelchairs. Then you open a door, like any other door, and apropos of nothing...GIANT FUCKING HEAD. The most unsettling thing is how little fanfare there is surrounding this head--there's no sudden camera shift, no dramatic music shift, no puzzle involving the head--it just hangs there with the sole intention of making you shit your throat. I can still feel its icy gaze, judging me for all the times I acted the creep and peeked at my neighbor through the hole in my wall, as if saying "HOW DO YOU LIKE BEING STARED AT WITHOUT YOUR CONSENT!?" Immediately following this sequence, I flipped on pretty much every light in my house and watched Sabado Gigante.
  • VincentX - November 6, 2013 6:28 p.m.

    Scariest for me actually happened earlier this year when I played through Corpse Party Book of Shadows, specifically Chapter 6, Mire. (spoiler warning for those who haven't played it) The entire Chapter centers around a "Wrong End" from the first game, where you play as a girl named Yuka, who starts off the chapter being tied to a table while a psychotic teenager threatens to slice her open with a knife...it just gets worse from there. The part where I truly got scared was after this, when you find yourself wandering the basement of the evil school and the evil ghost Sachiko appears and tricks Yuka into walking with her. All I could do was watch in horror as bit by bit, Sachiko wore down Yuka's mind and body; from preying on her sympathies to outright shoving her into a pool of blood and bodies. I was trembling as I played this chapter knowing that there was absolutely nothing I could do as this poor girl was physically and mentally drained. Finally I let out a horrified gasp when Yuka's skull was smashed open and the final image of the chapter, that of a dying Yuka with blood red eyes and a massive head wound, seared itself into my mind as it came to a close. No other game has ever scared me like the Corpse Parties and I honestly don't think I can play "Mire" ever again due to how horrified and terrified I was.
  • karribeankid - November 6, 2013 1:25 p.m.

    I was at a buddy's house playing the PC game Aliens vs Predator. I have no idea why I was by myself at this point but ah well. I'm in a very dark area on a Predator level when I hear the skritter skritter skritter of a facehugger going around. I narrow my eyes as I'm searching for it so I can end its meager existence with a charged up plasma blast....when suddenly my friend's hot sister walks into the room and goes "Hey whats up?" I was so drawn into the game it startled me so I jumped, relived I said "Oh hey, I'm just--" as I turned back to the screen the facehugger screeched as it clamped its crazy vag-face onto the screen effectively causing me to scream, throw myself back in the office chair and flail fruitlessly as I fell backwards onto the tile floor . My friend's hot sister proceeded to laugh at me and that was the day I realized I A) wasnt good with women and B) was never going to play AvP again.
  • JakePPetersen - November 6, 2013 1:14 p.m.

    Confession time: I still haven't gotten past the first two hours of Amnesia: The Dark Descent. The constant creepy background noise, combined with my scardey-cat fear of going around every corner just make me come up with any excuse whatsoever to stop playing. In fact, I'll sometimes play it when I know I need to get myself doing homework just to scare myself straight.
  • Teradi - November 6, 2013 10:16 a.m.

    The initials moments in Dead Space make me shit my underwear. If I don't have a weapon, I know something bad is going to happen. Thanks god for that elevator door
  • Shelbyvillian - November 6, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    QOTW: My scariest moment was in a very non scary game. I had picked up Batman Arkham Asylum and was really stocked to get my fix of Batman beating people up mixed with all the old school voice acting from Batman the Animated Series which I loved as a kid. Been playing late into the night and got to the first Scarecrow portion. Freaked the heck out when Scarecrow first pops out of the body bag and was super jittery for that whole section.
  • TokenGamesRadarFurry - November 6, 2013 8:26 a.m.

    QotW: Its not something I'm proud of, but my scariest gaming moment comes from when I was but a wee lad in 90's. I had a PSone disc with a demo for Metal Gear Solid on it. Not having any idea what to do, I ran around, crawled under the metal shed thing, and was spotted by my first guard. The shrill '!' sound effect made me scream and shut the PSone off, and I ran to my room crying. It took a week or two to get the guts to try it again. I tried punching the guard this time around. It basically went "Yay, I beat him! I wonder if I can pick up his-wait he's getting up,HES GETTING UP-MOOOOOOOOOOOOM" More sobbing ensued. Finally, I figured out that the square button puts them in a choke hold. Mashing on it, I heard that little crack of his neck breaking. At the time I didn't even realize neck-breaking was a thing, so imagine my surprise when the guard fell to the ground, blinked a few times, then disappeared. I'd done it. I finally killed my first nameless soldier. I would not be the last :I
  • Mikano94 - November 5, 2013 8:16 p.m.

    QOTW: My most terrifying game moment comes from the fairly recent Far Cry 3. In one of the earlier missions, I was trying to stealthily liberate a fort. I managed to take out most of the guards without sounding an alarm, so far so good. Then, out of nowhere, FUCKING RICHARD PARKER lunges on top of me and starts snacking on my face. I didn't even know there WERE animals in this game, which caught me by surprise, to say the least. I was so shocked when it happened that I didn't even attempt to notice the button prompts, I was left motionless because I know realized that there are going to be animals in this game. Fighting off animals in games horrifies me in general, especially QTEs when you have to push them away from eating your fucking face!
  • BBWoggle - November 5, 2013 3:52 p.m.

    My most terrifying gaming moment definitely came from one of the bad endings in Corpse Party. For the uninitiated, Corpse Party is a horror visual novel about a group of nine friends who get trapped in a ghostly elementary school where all the children had been murdered and their souls were forever trapped their. The game then follows the nine friends as they all slowly start losing their minds as they try to escape. So about half way through the game there's a chapter where you play as this guy named Satoshi and your stuck with his little sister as you try to escape. As you go along the haunted halls of the school your lil sis will say she needs to go to the bathroom but she can't go in front of you. So you let her go do her thing but before she can find a spot, one of the murdering spirits that has been chasing you the entire game traps her. At this point the screen goes black but the text continues. The game describes how the murderer catches her, pins her to the ground and violently stabs her eyes until she dies with rusty scissors. During this description the girl is horribly begging for her life and the noise of the scissors squelching in her eyes goes on until she dies. Though not at that moment is it all that scary; this scene haunted me for weeks. I had reoccurring nightmares of dying the same way, I couldn't sleep in the dark for fear of said killer coming after me, hell I couldn't even be around my adorable baby cousin because every time I'd see her, in the back of my head I just heard the squelch of eye ball stabbing. It was and still is the only time a game has given me real world fear on that level and all from a visual novel that used 16 bit graphics. For context, here is both the scene from the game and a similar scene from the Anime. http://youtu.be/suLefladAp8?t=2m59s http://youtu.be/IqDP6Gk0gE4?t=44s
  • SunniDee - November 5, 2013 3:24 p.m.

    Correction: When you play the Game Deals song you need to play it to start it and then once more to end the segment QOTW: I normally don't play scary games because I am a baby. However, I made an exception for Slenderman. I properly set up to play the game by playing on my laptop in my room at night. I had all of the lights turned off and ready to go. I started playing the game with my heart pounding and my stomach starting to get upset over the stress of seeing Slendy for the first time. I eventually get two notes and start hearing Slendy getting closer and closer. I turned around just to see if he was there--he was--and I screamed like a 7 year old girl, curled up in a ball, and then covered my eyes. Needless to say I was scared.
  • shawksta - November 4, 2013 7:37 p.m.

    This was an awesome podcast for Halloween In the stream, we would tease ryan with "WAKE UP" many times especially when he looks tired or isnt doing anything well (to me it was) knowing the context from the podcast makes the whole thing even more glorious XD QOTW: Back in the N64 days, me and my brother happen to buy one of the best games of said time, Ocarina Of Time, except it was a used copy. A used copy with 1 file being used that happens to be after traveling seven years and starts off in the Temple of Time. We werent fond of simply starting a new game at the time so we start off on that used file and seeing the entire town of zombies with that yelling and moaning freaked us the heck out, and yet we still play that damn file, sometimes exploring we find even more scarier things and flat out just turn off the N64 and dont get me started on the music of the Forest Temple and those f*cking wolves howl when they first appear.
  • Sinosaur - November 4, 2013 2:46 p.m.

    Most of my scary moments with video games, I wasn't actually playing them. Instead the scariest moment with video games for me was this: My family was getting together at my grandparents house, including my cousins. One of my older cousins brought his new Playstation (which, seeing as the only console my family owned at the time was an Atari 2600) was so impressive. What game did he decide to play first? ...Resident Evil. The FMVs were super impressive, and the 3D animation was creepy. I managed to stay in the room watching right until the dogs leapt in through the windows and then I ran out of the room and refused to go back in while he was playing. What made this worse is that because there were so many people in the house, I (along with my older brother and cousin) had to sleep in my Grandfather's basement... and it was a grandparent basement. Exposed walls, ceiling rafters, and a collection of old things all over the place. Sleep did not come easy that night... The most scared I've ever been while playing a video game was in the early 2000s, back when flash games were just becoming a cool thing. I found a puzzle game where you had to go through a maze without touching the sides, and I was having a bit of trouble, so I leaned in closer and... OH SHIT WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT IT'S SCREAMING AT ME I AM DONE FOREVER! ...Screamers are evil.
  • Navarre1991 - November 4, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    QOTW: Location: The OSG Ishimura. Time: Dusk Character: Isaac Clark. Isaac boards the Ishimura in an attempt to find his missing girlfriend and also, to fix the ship. Seems innocent. Upon arriving in the docking bay, something seems...off. No greeting party, no fresh smell of seemingly off brand Febreeze, no...body. Isaac goes behind the glass wall of the introductory room, only to find the ship is absolutely powerless. As he is about to return to his fellow comrades, the door locks! A security measure to ensure no containment arrives in the ship. Everyone relaxes...a noise is heard...some pipes they think. Until one team member is sliced open by the razor sharp arms of the skinny, skeleton like creature you see shimmer off of the yellow light. Your terrified teams opens fire, a blast of blue and white bullets race through the air...silence. No creature to be seen. You begin to relax...collect your bearings...WHEN ALL OF THE SUDDEN THE SAME CREATURE APPEARS ON YOUR SIDE OF THE LOCKED DOOR!! NO WEAPON, NO ARMOR, YOU IMMEDIATELY BEGIN TO PANIC! "RUN ISSAC!!!" YOU HEAR ON THE STATIC TRANSMISSION OF YOUR MINING SUIT!!! You stagger around the room looking for a way out as the creature gets his first hit on your right shoulder, all the while thinking to yourself, "If I don't get out of here right now, I will die." YOU FIND THE DOOR!!! YOU RUN DOWN THE LONG DARK HALLWAY GASPING FOR BREATH THE CREATURE ALL THE WHILE RIGHT BEHIND YOU, YOU CAN FEEL HIS PRESENCE!!! YOU GET TO THE ELEVATOR AT THE END....the door closes...all is safe...videogames never scare you after the safe door is closed....why isn't the elevator mov...THE CREATURE SLICES HIS WAY THROUGH THE DOOR OPENING IT; YOU HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO WHERE TO RUN!!! WAS I NOT SUPPOSED TO GO THIS WAY?!! HAVE I ALREADY MESSED UP 10 MINUTES INTO THE GAME!!! All this within the first couple minutes of the game has to be the most intense feeling I have ever felt in a game and probably will for a long time. Also, I'm sure Isaac could have been better with some Arnet *make the scream sound* Sunglasses. P.S. I am not a driving buddy, I actually listen to your podcasts while I work at my job at Gibson Guitar Factory so you keep me well entertained through the day and I thank you.
  • codystovall - November 4, 2013 6:27 a.m.

    The most scared Ive ever been whilst playing a game is when Im playing a handheld and its about to die and Ive made loads of progress and havent saved, same for when Im playing console and theres a blackout. Games that have played with this fear are Animal Crossings Mr. Resetti and Arkam Asylums Scarecrow. Also I this made me have a slight ocd problem with pokemon back in the day where I would save 5 times just to be safe.
  • Zambonium - November 3, 2013 2:49 p.m.

    Years ago I was playing the first Penumbra game and I came to a section where you have to run through a cave system full of big spiders. At the end of it you're supposed to block your exit with a rock so that they cannot follow you out and because of my general incompetence I did not do this, which resulted in me frantically running around the room i came into trying to find the things i needed so i could get out as quick as possible. Because i am absolutely terrified of spiders I began hyperventilating in real life and [I wish this was not true] quietly sobbing out of fear. When i was finally out of the section and i saved I exited the game and did not play it again for months, feeling the cold grip of shame and terror every time my mouse scrolled over it in my steam library
  • JohnDagger - November 3, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    QOTW: About year ago I was playing the Walking Dead game and I wound up needing to go the emergency room. I was playing episode 2. Right after a very intense scene, there is a part where your group is driving down the road in an RV. After drifting off to sleep, Lee is suddenly woken by Clementine trying to kill him, having turned into a zombie while napping. This sudden scare caused me to yell, slide my chair back, cause my headphone cable to go taught, yanking me out of my chair, hitting my head on my desk, falling onto my open toolbox next to my desk, and imbedding three screws into my left arm. It turned out the zombie Clementine thing was a dream, but I was still freaking out. It wasn't because it was some kind of jump scare, but because Clementine turning into a zombie was my greatest fear in that game. I now know to keep my tool case shut for season 2.
  • RODTheMaster - November 3, 2013 8:54 a.m.

    I find it funny that you guys asked the same QOTW this week that you asked last Halloween; and Coop, Hank, and Ryan answered with the same stories. But ANYWAY, since I didn't answer last year, I'll do so now. In Fear (appropriate title), there was a jump-scare that was featured really heavily in the game's trailers. It involves your character climbing down a ladder in first person, he looks down to mount the ladder, and then looks back up at the floor he was just on as he descends. The ghost girl figure is standing there when you look up. Because It was in so much preview materials, I was expecting it and laughed on my way down the ladder. But what I didn't expect was an additional jump-scare at the bottom of the ladder. I ghostly man figure appears out of nowhere, and whispers something before disappearing. I screamed so freaking loud and jumped so freaking high. Well played Fear, well played.
  • EAC73 - November 2, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    Well I don't play many games that can be seen as horror games, but I was more stressed then scared when playing Fallout 3. Specifically when going through the maze of metro tunnels. Just the run down dark environment got to me, and I made sure to haul ass out of there, no time look for loot. Even worse, I found out about using the flashlight feature on the Pip Boy during my second play though.
  • GLuna46 - November 2, 2013 4:29 p.m.

    for the question of the week back when amnesia the dark decent was in, i downloaded the demo on steam, i turned off all the lights put on my headphones and started playing everything was okay until the water demon chases you in the water and you couldn't go in the water. that scared the crap out of me so i quit the game and deleted the demo. lol
  • JarkayColt - November 2, 2013 7:05 a.m.

    The "Plink!" sound effect at the end is the noise the Ultimate Chimera makes when it spots you in Mother 3. I'm pretty sure that soundbyte is specifically from the part where you have to lure it out of the bathroom stall to get the Awesome Ring (judging by the background music.) I mean, it wasn't that nerve-wracking when it breaks loose in the Chimera Lab, but when you find it alone in that bathroom stall, you just want to GET THE HELL OUT! Also I have a slightly different answer for being scared whilst playing a game, because I don't really play games that are intrinsically scary. Rather, a few years ago I was playing Burnout Paradise when I had some sort of combined asthma/panic attack completely out of the blue, and I was frightened as hell. I got taken straight to hospital where they had to give me steroids and stuff. There is pretty much zero link, but now I just can't play Burnout Paradise without thinking about it and getting all uncomfortable. :/ So technically it was still being scared whilst playing a game XD For a proper answer, although I wasn't playing it, when I was a kid I once watched a friend play Majora's Mask, specifically the final boss fight, and Majora scared the hell out of me and I was squirming about in my seat. I think I had nightmares about it for the entire following week. Which is funny because when I finally played the game myself, a couple years ago, it's a fairly laughable boss in hindsight. But maybe because this time, I knew in advance and was adamant that I wouldn't freak out. =p Funnily enough, the same friend was the one watching me do it this time, and it was about 10 years later.

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