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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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How Italian Horror Cinema Inspired Survival Horror Video Games

Survival horror video games have changed a lot over the years — especially as the technology evolved along with our sensibilities. Soon, we’ll be able to play RESIDENT EVIL 7, OUTLAST 2, and DEATH STRANDING with VR options, putting players in the midst of total terror. But to understand where the subgenre is today, we […]

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Feel the Rage! Watch Rooster Teeth’s Hilariously Bizarre “RAGE QUIT” Gaming Videos

Have you ever played a video game that just made you want to flip tables? Yeah, me too. Mine was GRAND THEFT AUTO: VICE CITY. I could never get past that goddamn helicopter mission where you had to plant bombs in a three-level car garage with a limited amount of time. After about 100 failed […]

10 Really Freaking Bizarre Video Games

When I was a kid, I used to love going to the video store to rent video games. Yes, young readers. Stashed amongst the endless sea of VHS tapes were loads upon loads of video games (mostly for NES and Sega because all this hit a peak in the early 90s). So just like I […]

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Video Game Mind Control: The Wild Legend & Real Story of the Game POLYBIUS

POLYBIUS is one of the greatest legends to come out of the 1980s. It has everything a great 80s story needs: console arcade games, mind control, subliminal messages, men in black from the government, and enough amnesia-inducing triangle-shaped graphics to make an entire generation of gamers forget they ever played it. A few weeks back, […]

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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 […]

The Ten Most Terrifying Moments in Non-Horror Video Games

Horror fans are a jaded lot. The first time you see a zombie gnawing on a screaming victim’s intestine, it’s scary, but by the time you’ve seen it happen 73,134 times, it kinda loses its pop. Sometimes, though, horror sneaks up on you, like the serial killer standing behind your desk. Right. Now. Sometimes the […]