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THE ELEVATOR RITUAL: Is This VR Horror Game Too Terrifying to Finish?

Horror is virtual reality’s killer app, and developers are creating virtual-reality experiences designed to put you in the middle of the most terrifying situations imaginable. For example, there’s THE ELEVATOR RITUAL: an interactive VR short story that puts the player deep inside a nightmarish urban legend. Out now on the Oculus Rift and loosely based on […]

The Release of DOOM 2016 Reminds Us That Nostalgia Has Value

There’s nothing wrong with a little nostalgia, but basing our entire popular culture around it probably isn’t a very good idea. The occasional remake or reboot is undeniably fine, but if we continue to eschew original content in favor of repeated trips to an increasingly dry well, that’s all we’re going to get. Recycled ideas, […]

Prepare for PERCEPTION: A First-Person Horror Game With a Blind Protagonist

I’m psyched for PERCEPTION. The upcoming first-person horror game from The Deep End Games features a remarkable gameplay twist: the main character is blind. You play as Cassie, a sightless woman who navigates through the haunted estate on Echo Bluff using echolocation — the sonar-like ability to “see” objects through reflected sound. That would be […]