What Makes A Video Game Scary?

Posted: January 28, 2011
What Makes A Video Game Scary?
G4's staff answers a very important question for survival horror fans everywhere: What makes a game scare?


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  • picklewater

    Wow. That was tedious. I enjoyed hearing people talk about what it was they actually found scary in games, but the abortive humor was just unpleasant to watch.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 7:54 PM
  • asamuraisabi

    That camera angle in Dead Space. Your whole back side is a blind spot and I hate being crept up on.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 7:38 PM
  • FrostRogue117

    When u find a random crow in ur apartment.... and u cant do anything about it. (Indigo Prophecy Thumbs Up)

    Posted: January 29, 2011 6:11 PM
  • TheDecemberists

    I will NEVER play Amnesia again...

    Posted: January 29, 2011 4:34 PM
  • Takingpower

    i don't really play horrer games, but the only time i've ever got really freaked out during game was at the end of AC2 when you re in the vault and the lady God thing is talking yet she staring right into the camera. And when I play through that scene my room was pitch black, dead silent, and I was home alone. so when it was happening I literally had the thought is she talking to me, why is she not saying his name, is some type of greater being trying to send me a msg, is this really happening. It was some freaky stuff I actually jumped up and hit the lights then she said Desmond and I was like oh thank God. I m not crazy

    Posted: January 29, 2011 3:48 PM
  • Thales117

    I simply can't play horror games because I play them in the dark to avoid ruining the experience, therefore making the outcome somewhat wet and yellowish

    Posted: January 29, 2011 3:39 PM
  • Grublet

    Zombie bears in Red Dead Redemption. I already hated bears in the normal game.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 3:30 PM
  • freaknizzle22

    F.E.A.R. 1, Condemned, Dead Space, Dead Space 2, Manhunt,Any Silent Hill. Those are the best horror games.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 2:24 PM
  • PrometheanArsonist

    Amnesia: The Dark Descent isn't just scary, it's horrific. It's like trying to find the light switch in your creepy basement for five hours.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 11:55 AM
  • UndeadNightingale

    When the first Resident Evil came out I was 8 and it scared the crap out of me!

    Posted: January 29, 2011 11:52 AM
  • PcgamerWithAClue

    The only decent survivial horror is Amnesia: The Dark Decent.
    Dead Space 2 is an action game.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 10:18 AM
  • NUKEMANN1995

    Stephen Johnson... your face is ugly.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 9:50 AM
  • markiboi

    Probably the scariest is the one that follows you after you've stopped playing.
    It's the fear of the unknown and knowing that, inevitably - it will get you.

    And oh! What azrael1981 said.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 9:39 AM
  • Luck702

    Lmao, loved the that spin transition :D

    Posted: January 29, 2011 9:28 AM
  • DrNo0

    You know whats really scary losing your game data thats scary

    Posted: January 29, 2011 6:52 AM
  • azrael1981

    scariest moment in gaming was when i coughed up the $100.00 for resident evil 5 special edition. we all know how that game turned out.

    Posted: January 29, 2011 2:02 AM
  • napkinshower

    haha i love the g4 crew

    Posted: January 29, 2011 1:03 AM
  • reepga

    every video game can be scary.

    Posted: January 28, 2011 9:50 PM
  • theantigzus

    Dang how did Stephen Johnson know that my moms face was that scary, good job sir u have great sources :)

    Posted: January 28, 2011 9:21 PM
  • Blue_Vortex

    Silent Hill 1-3 still stands as my favorite horror games, they did atmosphere perfectly. I also found in Alan Wake, the part with the TVs that flicker on and the eye that shifts left and right while you here a voice repeatedly whispering, "Die," to be creepy (if only there were more moments in the game like that - I liked the game but it could have been scarier)

    Amnesia and Penumbra are games I'm recently playing and they're both freaking me out. The company that made both do survival Horror really well if you haven't played any of their games I recommend checking it out.

    Posted: January 28, 2011 8:53 PM