There are some who say the horror genre is dying, or that it’s lost its mainstream appeal as video games continue to force their way into the pantheon of “accepted” forms of entertainment, right alongside music and films. I say that’s a load of crap. The horror genre isn’t dying, we’re just not recognizing many games that are actually far more terrifying than the scariest Silent Hill or Fatal Frame could ever hope to be. Here are ten games that are supposedly fun, quirky, or in some cases, adorable, when they’re actually horrifying. READ MORE
It’s easy to escape disturbing imagery. You just close your eyes. In an instant, the offending blight on your vision disappears. Traces may well remain in the shelter of your eyelids, but for the moment you’re in the clear. A haunting melody, however, lingers with you long after you scramble to turn down the volume. Like a bright, cheery pop song on the radio that worms its way into your psyche, so too do the unsettling notes wafting from your speakers. Dissonant chords that seep into your very being and hallucinatory auditory effects play important roles in horror, as you’re no doubt already aware. After all, aren’t the things you hear much scarier than the things you’re seeing in the dark?
It’s easier to explain away bizarre visuals, but much harder to explain away what you’ve heard. That’s why music is such a powerful tool when it comes to setting an appropriate mood, in horror and otherwise. Even when you think you’re safe from the chills that run down your spine after being forced to listen to some painfully atmospheric soundtrack cuts, a few key notes arise in the back of your mind to plague you once again. But some are definitely a little worse than others. Here are ten genuinely disturbing cuts from various games, horror and otherwise, that you might want to listen to with the lights on, or chase with some Carly Rae Jepsen. READ MORE
Every once in a while something comes along that just has to be shared, and this is one of those times. It looks like GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is a fan of the Pokemon: The Movie 2000 theme song, or at least he likes it enough to quote its lyrics not once, but four times. At a primary debate in Iowa last Thursday the Republican presidential candidate from Georgia quoted a poet who once said “Life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when there’s so much on the line” Not a bad line, it works. The only issue is this wasn’t uttered by a poet, instead these are lyrics from “The Power of One”, also known as the theme song for the Pokemon 2000 flick.
If this was the only time Cain had done this it would’ve been easy to write off as a mistake or a harmless reference to what is easily the best Pokemon movie ever, but thankfully that’s not the case. On what looks like Cain’s official website, he uses the lyrics again, saying they’re from the closing song to the 2000 Olympics, then again in his campaign announcement in May, and a fourth time at the Republican Leadership Conference a month later. This explains why when Cain was asked about terrorists, his response was “gotta catch ‘em all!” READ MORE
Back in April I let loose my inner fanboy and talked all crazy like about an unannounced multi-platform action/horror game that’s (not-so) secretly in development by some of the most talented designers in the industry. I predicted it could “redefine horror”, despite knowing little about the title, and then predicted we would see it at E3. Well, the latter prediction turned out to be wrong but the former is still entirely possible, and when the Tokyo Game Show rolls around next month we’ll know a little more about the game as it will be announced at the event.
We’re nearing the end of the summer games drought, with some major releases preparing to hit shelves, and our consoles, next month. Combine that with TGS and September is looking pretty great right now. So to tide you over, why don’t you check out the biggest horror headlines, including some updates on Dead Space 2, a Halloween RPG, Left 4 Dead 2’s new DLC, and some nightmare-inducing Pokemon. Hopefully all this will help numb the pain that was left after Doom 4 failed to show its beautiful face at QuakeCon earlier this month. READ MORE