Bloodborne: Ignorance is not bliss, Knowledge is not power

The fear of the unknown is universal.  Without being able to identify something, you cannot classify it as either safe of dangerous.  To defend against this, you must learn.  But in Yharnam, to learn is to ensure madness. The city is beset by a beast plague.  Men and women lose their minds, grow hairy and…

Dead Space: Mutant Space Zombie Cult

The term “Mutant Space Zombie Cult” is hilarious.  It seems to be a combination of everything one would use to parody cheesy seventies horror movies.  And yet… In the universe of Dead Space, there is popular religion called Unitology.  We will not be exploring the doctrine here as it’s quite extensive.  But the holy symbol…

Fran Bow: Mental Care in the 1940s

A WORD OF NOTE:  This post contains gratuitous amounts of blood, gore, and other disturbing imagery.  These are presented via slideshows below.  It is highly recommended that you proceed with discretion.  You have been warned.   In 1953, the American Psychology Association established its first official code of ethics.  It was to ensure that all…

Silent Hill 2 – The Red Pyramid

In my restless dreams, I see that town. Silent Hill Your wife is dead.  She died years ago.  And yet somehow, she sent you a letter.  You have arrived in the town that once symbolized everything you and her had.  Now it’s a ghost, haunting you.  You don’t know why you got this letter now,…

Five Nights at Freddy’s – The Jumpscare King

Help Wanted Family pizzaria looking for security guard to work the nightshift 12 AM to 6 AM. Monitor cameras, ensure safety of equipment and animatronic characters. Not responsible for injury/dismemberment. $120 a week. To apply call: 1-888-FAZ-FAZBEAR 6 games, a book, a movie, and an absurd amount of merchandise.  Five Nights at Freddy’s has firmly planted…

Resident Evil 1: Resources, Speed, and Camera Angles

  Resident Evil 1 – Resources, Speed, and Camera Angles Not all horror games are a constant game of cat and mouse with an unbeatable foe.  Resident Evil is a series that showed that a slow burn with a different kind of tension is just as effective.  That is the tension of limited resources, limited…

Slender – The Well Dressed Eldritch Horror

Slender: The Well-Dressed Eldritch Horror Slender: The Eight Pages is a game that set a standard for short horror games that still persists today.  A quest to collect 8 scattered items while an invincible, ever-looming threat pursues you. Since the game’s rise to popularity and the subsequent flood of games that also used the Slender…