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Igor Nior and I hope you’re all having a great week.
So this week has been fairly normal, the same old college stuff and whatnots. The reformations on the house are finally done and I have a test tomorrow that is gonna suck so much. So, of course, I resorted to video games! Went back to Bloodborne, killed a boss, felt great. I found myself getting more and more spooked by the game, not so much the monsters themselves, but it was more of a fear of what would I find at the end of a dark corridor.
And now that I think about it, there are a few horror games on the pipeline, and Lovecraftian ones at that. The Sinking City promises to be an open world mystery that I think takes inspiration from Shadows of Innsmouth and of course, Call of Chtulu based on the tale of the same name. That got me thinking: Horror in video games doesn’t tend to work very well compared to other media, especially the Lovecraftian kind. I think the fact that we have both agency and infinite chances in games work against the horror. Scary monsters stop being scary once you start seeing them as mere fail states for example.
Lovecraftian horror is especially affected by this: With a tendency to have unreliable narrators, indescribable horrors, enemies you cannot fight back without a great sacrifice, and a serious sense of loneliness, games are probably the hardest medium to translate HP’s mythos. Bloodborne invokes it to a limited extent, giving us a fighting chance but the lore heavily implies that regardless of your choices, there is no happy ending waiting for you at the end and that is very in keeping with HP’s works. Silent Hill does something similar, resorting to the psychological horror to really get under your skin and oh boy, did it work.
But enough about my pseudo big youtube boi essay, today I want to ask you all:
What game/movie/book really got under your skin?
Other (not) spooky questions include:
- How’s the week?
- The PS Classic was announced! What games are you hoping for?
- What are your favorite music covers?
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