Occasionally I'll read a review for a horror game (Amnesia, Outlast, etc.) and the author will talk about how freaked out he or she was, how terrified he or she was to play with the lights out, or how he or she couldn't play it alone.
(You know, the English language really needs a non-sexed pronoun.)
I've honestly never understood that. Games aren't real. It's just an image on your TV so how can it be scary?
Oh sure, games can make you jump. Everything's quiet and suddenly OMG THERE'S A MONSTER IN YOUR FACE ACCOMPANIED BY A REALLY LOUD ORCHESTRA STING!!!!
But that's not scary; that's startling. Big difference.
Eh, maybe I'm just a stick in the mud. What about you? Have you ever played a game that you found legitimately frightening? Vote in the poll and tell us all about it in the comments or in an email to SuperPACpodcast@gmail.com. EZK and I will share your stories of fear (and our own) on next week's podcast.
Until then, have a safe and happy Halloween!
-Reporting from San Diego, GamePolitics Contributing Editor Andrew Eisen