It’s not hard to scare someone. It doesn’t matter what they say or how much they protest, if you jump out from behind someone’s fridge, when they think they’re home alone and are fumbling about in the middle of the night for a glass of water, and scream into their sleepy face, you’re going to make them jump.
No, it’s not hard to scare someone, but that’s like saying it’s not hard to feed someone - whip a sandwich at their flapping jaws and you’re done. The thing is, like scares, the best meals aren’t quick little nibbles that physically satisfy, they’re long prepared, thoughtfully arranged, and stick with you way after you’ve finished picking the remaining slivers of fillet from between your teeth.
The best scares, then, aren’t fleeting moments, aren’t mere reflexes to sudden appearances or loud noises, they’re the stimulation of deep-set anxieties, fears you thought long since forgotten… No, the best scares come when you feel an icy hand reach into the pit of your stomach and pull on some nerve you didn’t even know existed.
With that in mind, here are 10 times when videogames made us face our deepest fears.
A bald, broken boy who’s trying to build a life one step at a time. A SunBro until his final hollowing, he loves a good story, and has been recently seen teaching his class the important lesson of how to refresh an Amazon link until the PS5 pre-orders go live.