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June 11, 2024
We spoke with a handful of developers to figure out what it is about older technology that gives horror games such a frightening feeling.
June 4, 2024
Joel Couture looks at games such as ‘Home Safety Hotline’ and ‘Good Job!’ that explore the horrors that lurk in the workplace
You Will Die Here Tonight
February 15, 2024
Dread Central’s Joel Couture looks at You Will Die Here Tonight and how it redeems one of the most frowned-upon entries in a beloved series.
January 30, 2024
Joel Couture takes a look at the ethereal threat of ghost games and how breaking the rules can bring real fear.
December 15, 2023
Gears of War normally makes you feel tough and well-armed, but it instead teaches you to feel vulnerable and afraid with its Berserker fight.
Gears of War the Berserker Fight
December 15, 2023
Gears of War is the kind of game where you character is so strong and well-armed that it doesn’t seem […]
December 8, 2023
Death Mark is filled with ghosts born from horrific, but entirely human, trauma, exploring how the disturbing events of our lives can turn any of us into monsters.
December 1, 2023
King’s Field is a cruel game, but making progress in such a mysterious, hostile land can give you some hope about overcoming the challenges in your life.
November 24, 2023
While Final Fantasy may not be known for horror, that doesn’t mean it can’t use danger and sickness to induce fear in the Marsh Cave.
November 17, 2023
The Immortal is a tightrope of tension as you try to avoid the many, many, MANY ways it will kill its wizard protagonist.
November 10, 2023
Sylvio has you finding distorted ghostly voices in garbled, eerie recordings, and in doing so demonstrates just how powerful audio can be in horror.
November 3, 2023
Don’t Scream denies us all of the little vocal comforts we give ourselves while playing a horror game, demanding we stay perfectly silent.