Okay, today, let’s talk about one of the most common thing you find in a horror game these days, no matter if it’s a big budget one or if it’s an indi game.
They’re all pitch black.
Now I understand the mentality behind these choices, darkness is often a mayor factor that scares most people and it works excellent in some games, one being Amnesia the Dark Descent where our main hero suffers from nyctophobia, the fear of the dark.
But in my personal little opinion, I am growing so tired of games where I can’t see a god damn thing. Often when I play these games I have to have the brightness at a ridiculously high level (see: the screen turns grey) in order to see where the hell I’m supposed to go.
This is extremely painful in games like “Siren: Blood Curse” where there’s only a certain limit you can put the brightness to and I still have to fumble around in the dark missing out on everything in the environment.
Darkness can be scary for sure but in many horror games of today it feels like an excuse for some cheap jump scares. It’s already so dark you will be jumping at your own shadow because you can’t see jack shit so everything looks like it’s going to eat you.
But this can be done with light environments as well. In fact I’ve had more real scares in some games where the lightning is at a good level. (Not to mention that my girl seems to get some good scares out of that too).
One of the clearest examples in my mind is the early Forbidden Siren games (aka Siren). They go for the light aspect in many scenes, the colour pallet being more “blue” and “green” than todays “gritty bloody rusty beige horror world”. And guess what, add some fog onto that and you got an ery place that feels empty and that makes you feel even more threatened.
I’m not saying every horror game should be brighter I’m just saying I’m sick and tired of all these games where I can’t see. When I fire up a game I like looking at my surrounding and that is rendered impossible when I can’t even see a wall in front of my characters face.
This has been some shared thoughts on Horror game’s, tune in next time when we’ll hopefully discuss: Horror Games without a fucking point!
Even in non-horror games where there’s a level which is supposed to be spookier, everything turn darker to a point it’s hard to see anything. Example: Kingdom Hearts on PS2, Halloween Town.
I’m a big fan of the NBC movie and being able to play a game which has a level in this world overjoyed me to no end… So imagine my disappointment when I found out things were hardly visible. Not being able to properly see a world you love and which is itself thrilling is disappointing. Not to mention that the ennemies are hard to see and therefore fight.
I’m just curious as to how many of us are out there, so maybe we can start a cuddle group or something.
If you ever think mentally ill people don’t face discrimination….
The clinic I go to wants to move from out in the boonies to right in town. They are currently operating out of a trailer because the state of New York took over the hospital grounds and every available building in decent shape for a prison. That’s right, in the 90’s, our psychiatric hospital was taken over by a prison and patients either released or transferred to the city so we could have a lovely minimum security prison where the prisoners are treated better than the mentally ill ever will be.
But I digress, they want to build a clinic right in town, as several of our health care providers have. Unlike them, they’ve faced major opposition - citizens are tossing fits because the view of the mentally ill is as follows:
- Chain smokers
- A danger to children
- A danger to women
- Drug users
Even my own mother lectured me on how “crazy” people really are and it included most of those bullet points. “You can’t stop them from smoking, you can’t stop them from being disgusting, they should be in the institution, it was good for them to be locked away!”. I brought up the way they were treated there, how both her and my grandmother would tell stories of patients who were neglected, abused, beaten or raped. Her reply was “Some of them like to be raped! Do you think they aren’t raped in group homes?” and she couldn’t understand why I was absolutely sickened. “They’re not like you. You just have a few anxiety issues, they’re genuinely crazy” which told me she didn’t grasp I had PTSD or how serious it was. A few anxiety issues.. I wish.
My sister lives across from the proposed site and is talking about moving. My mother is scared for her and her two young kids to live across from it. It’s going to be a counseling center if it ever even gets approved - not an institution for the violently insane. The businesses nearby are protesting it, people have threatened burning it down so it can’t be finished.. etc etc etc…
So if you ever think there’s no stigma or discrimination for a mental illness, just keep in mind the little town that reacted like someone wanted to slaughter babies when a mental health clinic was proposed.