Category:  Pixel-Fright-Us

By Pixelitis Staff, October 31, 2013 0 Features, Pixel-Fright-Us

(Editor’s note: In celebration of Halloween, the Pixelitis staff is outlining 31 of their favorite horror games in Pixel-Fright-Us. The following games are not listed in any specific order.)

At last we reach our frightening conclusion to Pixel-Fright-Us.

Science fiction is a perfect compliment to horror. Nothing is scarier than the fear of the unknown and the inhuman. Tales of beings that exist beyond the stars and hold dangerous intentions for humanity rank themselves as some of the oldest forms of horror and have translated into both great movies and great games.

Machines and rogue computer AI are just as deadly. What happens when something you create turns against you or deems you obsolete? One needs to only look at the evil computer HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey for the answer to that question.

These narratives, some of which are actual adaptations of science fiction stories, spawned games where fear is that much more heightened due to the distinctly inhuman forces working against the player.

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By Pixelitis Staff, October 30, 2013 0 Features, Pixel-Fright-Us

(Editor’s note: In celebration of Halloween, the Pixelitis staff is outlining 31 of their favorite horror games in Pixel-Fright-Us. The following games are not listed in any specific order.)

As we have learned countless times from watching Romero flicks, zombies are the perfect metaphor for any societal ills du-jour. The undead have always represented a twofold threat: the fear of being turned into a mindless shell of your former self, consuming the flesh of your friends and family or being horrifically eaten alive by your friends and family.

In gaming, zombies have always been perfect fodder for blood, guts, shooting and mayhem. And probably the reason why most zombie videogames aren’t considered scary. They’re stock monsters, ready to be gunned down in large groups in all their moaning gray glory.

The standout titles usually spin the zombie genre on its head, instilling fear back in the idea of the dead coming back to life. Whether by scientific design or supernatural force, the following zombie games manage to do the genre justice.

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By Pixelitis Staff, October 28, 2013 0 Features, Pixel-Fright-Us

(Editor’s note: In celebration of Halloween, the Pixelitis staff is outlining 31 of their favorite horror games in Pixel-Fright-Us. The following games are not listed in any specific order.)

Nothing is quite like the fear of the unknown. Killers, ghosts and zombies all stem from the idea that our reality has gone awry and is unleashing upon us forces outside of our control.

The works of writers such as H.P. Lovecraft take this idea one step further and propose to us the frightening concept of forces outside of our reality, often with agendas beyond our perception that have the capacity to interfere with our daily lives. Even real world mythologies have spun narratives concerning demons who have broken free of their domain to terrorize human victims.

And gaming is no exception. From the abstract to the truly WTF, we’ve picked games that truly give new significance to the word abomination.

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By Pixelitis Staff, October 28, 2013 0 Features, Pixel-Fright-Us

(Editor’s note: In celebration of Halloween, the Pixelitis staff is outlining 31 of their favorite horror games in Pixel-Fright-Us. The following games are not listed in any specific order.)

Sometimes the enemy within is far scarier than the enemy lurking in the shadows. But what happens when those enemies are one and the same? Psychological horror is a nebulous and unique evil, the type where monsters that come from troubled minds are often made manifest by some kind of supernatural force.

Be it a purgatorial towns that draw in tortured souls, the hellish dreamscapes of a teenage recluse or a cruel orphanage where the roles of adult and child are reversed; these are the locales that make up our worst nightmares.

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By Karen Rivera, October 26, 2013 0 Features, Humor, Pixel-Fright-Us

As part of our devotion to all things ghoul-like, fellow writer Maxwell Coviello and I are playing through a litany of horror games in the name of videogame journalism.

Or in the name of having our readers listening to us freak out.

In any case, we present to you our first Let’s Play, this time featuring the free horror game Eyes. The PC/Mac and now mobile game plays out inside an abandoned house where your task is to hustle through and find 20 money bags in a dark house with only your courage and a flashlight.

As you scan rooms and walk through a seemingly endless amount of hallways, it becomes all too noticeable that something is horribly wrong. That something is a terrifying ghostly presence with long tendril-like hair looking to take you out. Your only help comes in the form of these red painted eyes which enable you to “share vision” with the ghost and find its location.

The simplicity is astounding and yet that’s what makes it so frightening, harkening back to Slender: The Eight Pages. We were so frightened that we couldn’t find the “Run” button, but assuredly we found out it existed post-Let’s Play.

In an attempt to calm our rattled nerves, we affectionately named the ghost Sheila so we would be less overcome with sheer terror every time we saw her face.

Laugh along with us as we scream our way through almost 20 minutes of possessed ovens, dark hallways and moments that have “NOPE” written all over them. Hit the jump for the video below.
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By Pixelitis Staff, October 25, 2013 0 Features, Pixel-Fright-Us

(Editor’s note: In celebration of Halloween, the Pixelitis staff is outlining 31 of their favorite scary games in Pixel-Fright-Us. The following games are not listed in any specific order.)

Who doesn’t love a ghost story? Great reads and great games alike have explored the curious phenomenon of souls that have failed to cross over. Ghosts and spirits can often be interpreted as metaphors for questions we have either failed or refused to answer, which is what makes them such great literary devices.  Sometimes these specters are tragic, sometimes angry, and sometimes flat out evil.

What’s great about ghost stories is that they transcend culture and time. It doesn’t matter if it’s a haunted Japanese village, a Korean high school, or even an abandoned moon colony; what bumps in the night is an often inescapable and deadly threat.

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