• Cogglesz - October 29, 2008 2 p.m.

    its true with some games i believe but some still pull it off, bioshock was pretty damn good for jumping out your seat but F.E.A.R got me bad one night at 4 am alone in the house for the weekend, it was at the point when u turn round to go down the ladders and the little girl is standing there when u turn around and then once i got to the bottom of the ladder a ghost came screaming at me, never played it for about 2 weeks alone after that, it all depends on the person i believe, if u watch scary movies all the time and play scary games u usually know when things pop up even if you never played the game, its as natural as knowing a new mario games gonna have a mushroom in it, why do u know that ? because every mario game has had a mushroom in it, every scary game has its scary moments its just all down to whether you know there comming or not
  • kane300 - October 29, 2008 1:51 p.m.

    I disagree I find movies unscary as your only watching something you have no control over and so feel no connection. With games your connected to your character and in certain games you feel that dread. The book is in doubt the best source as everything is pictured in your mind with no limits.
  • brothir - October 29, 2008 1:48 p.m.

    So, System Shock 2 isn't scary? Neither is Bioshock? Not even Silent hill (1-3) that force you to play as a helpless protagonist? What about Ravenholm in Half-Life 2? Hell, even Oblivion has a lot of scary moments when you walk through dungeons. I agree with most of the points on this list, but they only correspond to bad horror games. The only things that are scary in movies are the moments that make you jump, and Nightmare on Elm Street isn't as much scary as ridicoulusly over-the-top gory. But yes, Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrik have produced some seriously scary movies, but I don't feel that you care more about the persons in a movie than in a game. Overall, games can be just as terrifying as movies. Nuff' said.
  • Xplosive59 - October 29, 2008 1:35 p.m.

    the only time i have ever even been close to being scared in a videogame was in resident evil 4 when on the first level you go into that village...seems not so scary...but when you run out of ammo its a different story
  • jakman45 - October 29, 2008 11:21 a.m.

    I agree with spacecase610. Ravenholm scared the crap out of me. Big daddys dont scare me, the splicers do. Im not to fond of jump out and scare you games.
  • J-spit - October 29, 2008 9:31 a.m.

    Horror movies of today are shitty. U know what's gonna happen and it's all torture porn.
  • Shellghost - October 29, 2008 7:01 a.m.

    I noticed how only latley released and incredibly popular games were mentioned, doom 3 i found to be very scary, im probly on my own here but altho i kinda got used to the scares around the middle. but when cast into hell i was afraid all over again. good article tho :)
  • elchamber - October 29, 2008 6:27 a.m.

    Like horror movies, if your too into on the details than the moment as a whole, you'll end up ignoring everything all at once. There, the effect will never be fully experienced. Take Silent Hill 3. It's absolutely terrifying situation, but it's gameplay was so annoying to me, I was more focus on the handling of the main character than the scary ass shit that was happening in the game.
  • smallberry - October 29, 2008 6:16 a.m.

    Oh man Nosferatu made me cry. When I was much much younger of course...I haven't played too many scary games myself but I just got my hands on a copy of Dead Space so we'll see.
  • ikillchicken - October 29, 2008 6:12 a.m.

    It's a shame because most of these things are only problems because circumstances, game companies, or gamers make them a problem.
  • bugmenot - October 29, 2008 5:55 a.m.

    You sir, haven't played dead space. and to tell you the truth I find horror movies less "scary" than games. In a game i can control what happens to the character and whilst you do die and then reset, who wants to die at all in the first place? But that's my opinion.
  • zerohero - October 29, 2008 3:41 a.m.

    Maybe I become too engrossed when gaming, but I find that the more I play, the more I forget about things like being able to pause, the HUD, etc. Which is why the sound of the chainsaw in RE4 still gives me chills.
  • averagejoe - October 29, 2008 2:59 a.m.

    Great article, made me think. Here's what I came up with: The thing is, to compensate for all their lack of traditional scares, games have one ace in the hole that other forms of media don't: you can, and will, lose. You can't watch a movie and have your actions cause the death of a character- there's a far different feeling you get when watching a movie when you know someone is about to be killed than when you're in a game and you directly control the "life" or death of your character based on your decisions and your decisions alone. Playing good games causes many people far more anxiety than watching a movie, because there's no guarantee that death isn't going to come at a completely random time, without any prep or dramatic build. Which is far scarier, if you think about it, because it better resembles reality. You could die at any time, any place, not just when it was the "right" time. No dramatic final scream, no blade lifting, just you, the chainsaw, a horrific animation of your lifeless head bouncing on the ground, a shower of gore, and a big fat "YOU ARE DEAD" to look at. And it's nobody's fault but yours. Pretty unsettling, isn't it? RE4's deaths were horrible enough for me to want to avoid them, and it was freakin' scary when I failed and had no one to blame but my shitty aim. That scared me good. Pause or no pause.
  • Amnesiac - October 29, 2008 2:17 a.m.

    I think the thing is that videogames aren't not scary, they're just scary in different ways than other media.
  • octagons - October 29, 2008 2:11 a.m.

    the thing with horror games is they are usually very far fetched not that horror movies are any more realistic i always keep thinking what are the odds i will be stuck on a spaceship filled with monsters get what i mean
  • Sylizar - October 29, 2008 12:24 a.m.

    I could argue against almost all these points, but I'd rather not, unless someone really wants me to. Anyway, I normally end up getting scared by games more than and movies. BTW Nosferatu is NOT scary...
  • John-117 - October 28, 2008 11:39 p.m.

    Most of the points are true, but I find that games are the only things that scare me now. The fact that you interact with the world and the character is a slight extension of yourself I find brings you deeper into the world. Games like Silent Hill 2, Dead Space, Condemned criminal origins, F.E.A.R. and certain areas of Bioshock and Half-Life 2 can be quite terrifying at points especially in claustraphobic areas where you feel trapped. Scary games and movies are my life, and I can't wait for Dead Space 2 and possibly Resident Evil 5.
  • Ninjamatt5 - October 28, 2008 11:19 p.m.

    Most of these points are right, but games that are supposed to be scary still scare me. When playing the Mercanires minigame in RE4, I still crap my boxers everytime I hear two chainsaws revving from different sides. It may not be scaring me for the right reasons, but hell it still scares me.
  • cuchillo0 - October 28, 2008 10:51 p.m.

    i think this article should be why games shouldnt scare us, i guess you could say games trick with the mind to make it think that there is actual danger thus creating fear but thats just me
  • Fluxnard - October 28, 2008 10:46 p.m.

    You know what? It is true. Games just don't terrify me. I mean, sure I will jump from a sudden pop up of an enemy, but I won't really be scared while playing a game

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