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Things in video games that always unnerve/scare you.

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:12 am
by Valigarmander
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One thing that's always made me uneasy (though not as much now as it did when I was young) was deep, underwater sections. There's something about being in dark, boundless water, far beneath the surface, that I found incredibly unnerving. It was even worse in games that featured the thread of drowning. The Titanic stage from Gex 64 (pictured above) was a notable example, made all the worse by the game's horrendously-close draw distance that made the undersea look suffocatingly dark, and the fact that the stage used the same creepy music that plays in the horror-themed levels. Jolly Roger's Lagoon in Banjo-Tooie was another underwater stage that creeped me out.

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Things that can crush you are another thing that always got me, particularly in games where crushing is an instant kill regardless of any health or protection you may have. The compressors in the Mecha Castle of Yoshi's Story were a memorable example from my childhood, as were the numerous crushers that appeared throughout the Genesis-era Sonic the Hedgehog games. Knowing I'd have to pass through them would always put me in a panic.

Re: Things in video games that always unnerve/scare you.

Posted: Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:35 am
by е и ժ е я
When the game credits are starting up, and a phantom screams 'SEGA' at you. That's pretty much the worst jump scare ever. Especially since you know you're playing a game made by Sega. :.(

Re: Things in video games that always unnerve/scare you.

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:03 pm
by ScottyMcGee
I got that SAME EXACT feel In Gex: Enter the Gecko too.

Re: Things in video games that always unnerve/scare you.

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 4:20 pm
by DarkZero
any instance where gravity is upside-down and you can fall upwards into the sky, that's been a fear of mine ever since i was a kid

doesn't come up a lot in video games but it's part of the reason i don't replay super mario galaxy very much

Re: Things in video games that always unnerve/scare you.

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 6:39 pm
by Heroine of the Dragon
Arachnids... in any and every game, forever. As soon as I realise that they're ahead and I have to pass them or defeat them, my heart starts beating out an SOS!!

ReDeads, too, of course. Ever since they sucked on Link's brains, I'm terrified of them. :D

Re: Things in video games that always unnerve/scare you.

Posted: Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:34 pm
by X-3
Sewer levels in 3D games generally unnerve me. Stuff like Bottom of the Well or the Depths. I say 3D because I find grittiness/filth is better conveyed.