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Will developers stop putting scary monsters in games?

Will developers stop putting scary monsters in games?

Half-Life 2 is out today. From the sounds of it – a first-person shooter set in a dystopian oppressive alternative Earth that’s been taken over by aliens (as yer do) – it sounds just like my kind of game.

Except I’m not going to buy it because I know I will jump, scream like a simpering girlie and cower behind the screen whenever monsters like these make an appearance. For heavens’ sake, I shrieked when the spiders first made an appearance in Quake 2.

It gets worse. It was late at night, and I was playing Enter The Matrix. (Well, pressing keys at random really). I hadn’t moved my character for a while, just so I could try to get my bearings and figure out what to do next. Then the camera zoomed in on him, and he looked back at me, straight into my eyes, as if asking what to do next. Which is quite clever, but eerily spooky and weird, and I haven’t dared to play it since.

Getting scared over pixels on a TV set. Pathetic. Maybe I really do need to see a therapist.


  • Is it just me or does that screenshot you've linked to contain a graphical glitch? The "spider" on the right's leg is going through the steel beam. Whoops.

    And if scary games are not your cup of tea then DON'T get Clive Barker's Undying. It's the scariest thing I think I've ever experienced on a PC. Incredibly atmospheric and great use of sound which more than make up for the poor (by today's standard) graphics.

  • Lol, I seem to remember playing the original Silent Hill on my old PS1 and getting pretty scared!

  • You're fun – I want to play with you and
    scream like a girl – too bad, wrong
    continent šŸ™‚

    That bug even scares ME – and I like bugs!
    Eerily similar to some we have in Texas…!

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