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The Growing Obsession With Horror Escape Games

I’ve had the pleasure of living in Southern California for the past year and a half, and during that time, I’ve experienced more things than I ever knew possible. One of those has been the countless amount of “escape rooms” that have begun to pop up all throughout the area. Given my deep love of […]

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A Brief History of Groundbreaking Horror Video Games

Horror is a medium that permeates all forms of popular media. Luckily for us fans, that means we have a neverending supply of scares at the tips of our fingers — including novels, television shows, movies, comic books, haunted houses… and, of course, video games. With the recent release (and return to form) of RESIDENT […]

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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, […]

Why EA’s Epic Game BRüTAL LEGEND Still Deserves to Be Legendary

SILENT HILL 2. RESIDENT EVIL 4. FINAL FANTASY VII. Video games are still in their infancy as an art form, but we are already starting to declare that certain experiences are canonical. These are the games that represented the artistic height of the medium, that rattled our senses and showed us what the art is […]

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From POLYBIUS to SAD SATAN: The Five Most Haunted Video Games!

Beginning with a disturbing arcade cabinet from the early 1980s and ending with a Deep Web nightmare from last year, below is a chronological list of haunted video games. Not video games about hauntings, but games that are haunted. If you believe what you read on the Internet (and why wouldn’t you?) these unsettling and […]

Watch This Terrifying Live-Action Short Based on the “P.T.” Game Teaser

Back in August of 2014, legendary game designer Hideo Kojima (Metal Gear Solid) and genre icon Guillermo Del Toro (PAN’S LABYRINTH, CRIMSON PEAK) released P.T., a playable teaser for Silent Hills (yes, plural), Sony’s proposed (and later dropped) experimental reboot/sequel to the Silent Hill game series… and gamers everywhere immediately freaked out. The teaser’s bizarre nightmare […]

Classic Games Yahtzee & Monopoly – Now With 100% More Cthulhu!

If you’re old enough to remember when there were just one or two basic versions of the classic board game Monopoly, you’re probably exhausted with how many variations on the theme have been invented since – from versions featuring pictures of cute animals to all your favorite sports teams, science and history subjects, to comic books […]