Created by Matt
Games can be terrifying! I remember playing the first F.E.A.R and nearly breaking my controller when my flashlight started to flicker and I saw a small girl in a red dress come crawling towards me through a vent. Buhuhu (textual representation of my shivering scared noise). The concept is simple. In a movie you can sit there and scream "Don't go in there!". But in a game, YOU are forced to go in there and whether you make it back out of there is completely in your control. That's what really gets my heart pumping.
I'm really enjoying the emergence of a ton of indie horror games as of late. Even with their simplistic graphics and short play time, they have the ability to make you swear off touching a mouse and keyboard for the rest of your life just because you don't want to risk seeing the Slender Man ever again. I had my cousin (who can watch any horror movie and not flinch) play "Which". He ended up staring at the same door for 15 min saying "I don't think I can do it". I reassured him there was no away around beating the game if he didn't go in but he just couldn't build up the nerve to click the mouse and hold in the up arrow.
In short, Horror games are fantastic. Not all of them mind you. Some are flat out horrible, boring, and jump scares are all to prevalent. But if you haven't given them a shot yet I certainly recommend playing a few. Now, when I'm not able to find a movie that will force me to watch through the space between my face palmed fingers or a game the makes me inch my way through hallways cringing at every corner, I turn to audio of course! Why? Because I love audio!
If you like scary stuff but haven't read much creepy pasta, you are missing out because some of it is straight up creepy, sadistic and thought provoking. But if your not much of a reader then creepy pasta might not be for you. Have no fear! (or do). I have a solution! There are a ton of people now who build their fan base by sorting through hundreds of creepy pasta and picking out the best. They then read them aloud and add some creepy music and sound effects and voila! Insta-nightmare!
My personal favorite is Mr Creepy Pasta on YouTube. He does a great job of adding a professional touch to these internet grown short horror stories. If you lay in bed at night and listen to some of his longer videos you will have some of the most F'ed up dreams you can imagine.That's if you can sleep at all.
So in summary scary movies are great, but sometimes it just takes to long to find a film that can really give you the chills and have you calling for your mommy. So I suggest checking out some horror games and listening to some creepy pasta in the downtime. I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you have any suggestions for movies, games, books or audio that you think I should check out I will certainly do so and report back.
Until next time my horror junkie Gearboxers! Peace!