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What’s your favourite scary game and why?

Being a huge fan of horror games I’ve had many favourites through the years, there were moments in the original Resident Evil, The Fatal Frame franchise, the original Silent Hill and many more but I honestly think that my favourite that still sticks out as a great horror game is Amnesia: The Dark Descent.

Amnesia addresses several aspects of gaming which fundamentally take a game from being a ‘survival-horror’ game to being a fully fledged ‘horror’ game. You’re completely unarmed in strange environments, forced to abandon years of inherent video game training and search for the nearest hiding spot. The game forces you to think differently meaning that every corner, every new room is met with suspicion and caution. It’s a great game and a bit of a horror masterpiece.

What is your favourite scary moment from a video game?

I realise that this is going to make me sound like a broken record but I’d like to tell you about a moment in Amnesia which I have to say is my favourite scary moment…

So I’m in the basement of the mansion in Amnesia: The Dark Descent. I’m waist deep in dirty water and there are a few items such as boxes and debris floating around me. Moving forwards I notice a movement in the water as though something is wading through the water down the corridor that I am in, but there is no physical person there – only the movement animation. I end up hoisting myself up on the nearest floating box and slowly manoeuvring myself around the invisible creature and make my way into the next room.

Still in waist deep water I notice that there is a locked metal grate at one end of the room with a wooden door behind it and the winch to open said grate on the opposite end of the room. I can’t reach the winch and make my way through the grate without splashing through the water as the grate slowly closes after opening it, this (I discover) will alert the invisible creature in the corridor. I chance it, I fail and after one hectic swipe from the creature, I’m down. After three reloads I navigate my way to the winch room again. This time there is no movement in the water, no creature, nothing. I throw some items around from the safety of my floating box…nothing, he’s gone…

Confident that the game has given me some sort of ‘easy mode’ to play this section through I raise the winch and run through the grate, a few steps beyond the grate the wooden door in front of me bursts in a slo-moton shower of wood splinters as the invisible creature hurtles towards me. Ending this attempt and also solidifying this moment as one of my favourite in horror gaming

What is your favourite scary movie?

Ohh wow, a non-gaming related question! How novel! Well I have to say the scariest movie I’ve watched so far is Ju-On: The Grudge (the original Japanese version of the 2006 American remake) this movie is a little bit confusing but I watched it during a phase of watching a lot of Japanese horror movies (The Ring, Audition, The Eye, Dark Water) and upon watching it I literally couldn’t watch it all the way through it was that unsettling. It’s not a gruesome or violent movie and it takes a pretty open mind to easily accept everything that’s going on but it’s easily one of the scariest movies I’ve ever seen.

What are you scared of in real life

Heights, and deep water – that’s all you need to know :-)

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