Gaming offers many things to the player. Escape, relaxation, or just a means by which to painlessly dispense of a rainy Sunday. Sometimes though, were looking for something a bit more engaging; something that we can truly label an experience. By experience, I mean something which alters the mood, whether that be from bored to awed or as this article examines - from relaxed to terrified. Theres something about horror in gaming that makes it potentially scarier than horror in any other medium for me. Its because were usually assuming the role of the character the horror is being committed on; if Leon is sliced in half in Resident Evil 4 by a crazed villager with a chainsaw, for a split second, until the illusion is shattered by that game over screen, thats us taking the blade to the chest. Sometimes youll come across a terrifying moment in a video game that sticks with you for the rest of your life. Its not as though itll haunt you, affect your ability to function, but youll remember it from time to time and youll think back on how scary it was that night you played through it at 2am and had to turn your bedroom light on, just to be certain you were alone. We had a think back on ten of these moments from gaming history. Theyre not all pulled from horror games though sometimes terrifying scares come when you least expect them, which is probably what makes them so effective. So without further chatter, get ready to relive those moments in gaming that terrified us most.
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