The lights are on
Happy Halloween, everyone. Whether you are planning on taking the little ones out to trick-or-treat or man the door for the costumed kiddies, once the porch lights go out it’s time to settle in for some gaming. Are you a fan of horror games, or do you like to keep your heart beating at more sustainable levels?
More importantly, how do you like to play these terrifying titles? Do you keep all the lights on, or do you prefer to dial up the immersion with the lights off, shades closed, and headphones on?
Let us know in the comments. We’ll be choosing some of our favorite answers to highlight in this afternoon’s second Reader Discussion.
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The last horror game I played was Resident Evil: Revelations for 3DS. That was a really great game full of creepy weirdos, had some fun online and multiplayer modes, and it was scary at times. The intro for the game was really good.
Usually only the ones with a really good/interesting story. Basically anything made by frictional :P
I remember playing the first clock tower in my room without any lights on. After a couple hours of that I had to go over to a friends house and I remember constantly looking into the rearview mirror expecting something to just jump out at me. Games, even with the way graphics are now, just don't seem to have that same effect.
I love to play horror games. You can get excited about the game you play but with horror games, there's an additional level of excitement and anticipation. Love it. I always play with the lights out and the 5.1 system turned up a bit.
I love to hate horror games. I love the whole theme of them, and how they always keep you on edge. That being said, I hate myself for playing them because I get frightened quite easily. If you want the full experience, you have to go lights out and headphones on. It really brings you in to the game. Especially when you have really good headphones... that make EVERY SINGLE SOUND HORRIFYING AND NOTICEABLE. In short, horror games are awesome!
Played Outlast all the way through last night with the lights off...BUT I made my girlfriend sit in the same room as me for at least 20 minutes before I could play it alone.
My brain doesn't need anymore suggestions on how to scare the crap out of me. So no, I don't play horror games.
ALL. THE. DAMN. TIME! I grew up loving survival horror with Resident Evil, Silent Hill, Fatal Frame, Clock Tower and Alone in the Dark. That's now evolved into Dead Space, Lone Survivor, Amnesia, Alan Wake and many others!
Tried playing Amnesia: A Machine for Pigs by myself with headphones plugged in and the lights turned out...Lasted about 20 minutes before I had to exit out due to sheer terror >.< Played again without the headphones and the lights on a few days later, lasted about 45 minutes that time.
I'm gonna try playing again today in the spirit of Halloween, let's see how long I last this time...
I haven't played a lot of horror games and unfortunately there aren't many these days. Usually I don't care much for being scared (nor do games scare me easily).
I've played like I play any other game. Should probably change that.
For horror games I move my console to the dedicated home theatre setup I have (I'd keep it there but I can't get a usable wireless signal sadly). So, big 54" tv that takes up exactly my field of view (correct couch positioning FTW) and a THX-enhanced 5.1 surround sound system. I understand why some people like headphones, but for me there is no better way to get scared than being alone in that blacked out room with the only light coming from the tv and sound booming from the speakers around me. Actually, I do this for all single-player games that show promise because it adds to the immersion and makes it a wholly better experience. And the family knows not to disturb me.
Still to this day I cannot play Silent Hill 2 in the dark. I can't handle it. That game is terrifying!