Survival horror and you...

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Poll: Survival horror and you... (44 votes)

I DO enjoy playing horror games; I DO enjoy watching others play them. 64%
I DO enjoy playing horror games; I do NOT enjoy watching others play them. 23%
I do NOT enjoy playing horror games; I DO enjoy watching others play them. 9%
I do NOT enjoy playing horror games; I do NOT enjoy watching others play them. 2%
*Just show me the results* 2%

Well, it's horror season (less than a day until A Machine For Pigs), so I thought I'd ask how people feel about horror games. Personally, I love me some horror games - both playing and watching (especially @patrickklepek).

I swear I'm not a @bigjeffrey alt account :P I just thought it would make the poll options easier to parse if I capitalised the important parts.

#1 Posted by AlexanderSheen (5090 posts) -

Horror games just not working for me, but I do like to see people freaking the fuck out.

#2 Edited by Yummylee (22539 posts) -

I love me some horror, playing them specifically. Watching someone else can be funny, but I'd always much rather be playing it myself, especially if it's one that I've never played before. Which, considering it's such a PC-centric genre now, is a lot of 'em...

#3 Edited by SaFt (390 posts) -

I love playing them myself but i can't watch people play them. I haven't really watched a lot of people play them though so this might be out of ignorance but i feel that most people while playing these games tend to exaggerate their reactions to the point of almost self parody to what's happening in the game, which is fucking stupid.

#4 Posted by TowerSixteen (544 posts) -

It's complex. I actually love the settings, aesthetics, and stories in many horror games, and love looking at them at my own pace. But I hate hate hate any kind of startle or jump scare, and don't really actually enjoy any other kind of actual, well, horror either. So I'll sometimes play through them with a guide, so I can see it but know what's coming while I do.

#5 Edited by 34f3ecwdc3 (162 posts) -

I enjoy playing them, although I haven't try too many. The most scary one for me, was Nosferatu : Wrath of Malachi, but I was a teenager back then. Amnesia : the dark descent, scared me a little bit but didn't work enough to make me complete the game. I hope Outlast and a machine for pigs will freak me out. I watched a little bit people playing Slenderman and it gave me the impression that, that's a game for pussies. But I enjoyed listening to some drunk guys, they are funny.

#6 Posted by EarlessShrimp (1669 posts) -

Depends on the person who's playing them. When I play them I'm either stone cold staring at the screen in the dark trying to beat the damn thing, or I'm giggling here and there about some mechanic or something. If it's just gameplay that's almost always fine to watch. I'm getting my survival horror library installed and prepped; it's about time to get started on the horror-fest!

#7 Posted by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -

Love horror games, hate the typical youtuber's way of LPing it.(camera, fake scares, terrible commentary about rape and barrels etc)

#8 Edited by BeachThunder (12410 posts) -

@nekroskop: Is this a reference to that pewdipie guy?

#9 Edited by Nekroskop (2786 posts) -
#10 Posted by Svenzon (727 posts) -

I enjoy playing horror games, even if they very, very rarely frighten me. Watching others play them is not my thing, though Spookin' With Scoops is an exception. YouTube commenters like PewDiePie go way too far with screaming and other obnoxious bullshit.

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#11 Edited by Video_Game_King (36272 posts) -

I like a good horror game. The problem is that there aren't too many of them.

#12 Posted by ArtelinaRose (1857 posts) -

@svenzon said:

I enjoy playing horror games, even if they very, very rarely frighten me. Watching others play them is not my thing, though Spookin' With Scoops is an exception. YouTube commenters like PewDiePie go way too far with screaming and other obnoxious bullshit.

More or less where I stand on this.

#13 Edited by falserelic (5407 posts) -

It's my favorite genre always will be.

#14 Edited by ArtelinaRose (1857 posts) -

@artelinarose said:

@svenzon said:

I enjoy playing horror games, even if they very, very rarely frighten me. Watching others play them is not my thing, though Spookin' With Scoops is an exception. YouTube commenters like PewDiePie go way too far with screaming and other obnoxious bullshit.

More or less where I stand on this.

Though it also really depends on what type of game it is. I love watching Patrick play games like Outlast and Amnesia but I don't really enjoy that sort of horror when I play it myself. I prefer the Fatal Frame style of horror with oppressive atmosphere and the little things that, when you notice them, makes the whole thing so much creepier. Creepy is better than scary. Games like Outlast or Amnesia are like AAAAAA SUDDEN BURST OF ADRENALINE okay its over moving on

That style of horror doesn't really stick with me the way things like "oh my god when you put on headphones and listen you can totally hear another voice dubbed under mayu's in all of her lines oh my goddddd" do.

#15 Edited by Brodehouse (10129 posts) -

Talking about actual survival horror and not merely games with a horror theme that get lumped in with them; I like almost everything about them save the 'dwindling resources' portion. I don't like worrying that since I played a section poorly or because one boss or regular enemy really whipped my ass, that I've just made the entire rest of the game more difficult, and possibly impossible of finishing. I actually like the fixed camera angles, I like the tank controls, I like the division between combat and nonsensical crank puzzles (but that might be because I love dumb stuff), but I don't like knowing that if I get my ass kicked, I've just screwed myself in the long run.

#16 Posted by falserelic (5407 posts) -

Talking about actual survival horror and not merely games with a horror theme that get lumped in with them; I like almost everything about them save the 'dwindling resources' portion. I don't like worrying that since I played a section poorly or because one boss or regular enemy really whipped my ass, that I've just made the entire rest of the game more difficult, and possibly impossible of finishing. I actually like the fixed camera angles, I like the tank controls, I like the division between combat and nonsensical crank puzzles (but that might be because I love dumb stuff), but I don't like knowing that if I get my ass kicked, I've just screwed myself in the long run.

Yeah, I never had a problem with horror games that had the same mechanics you've mention. I always felt like it added to the tension and made the gameplay more enjoyable. Saving up resources, using the right weapons on certain enemies, know when or when not to engage combat, don't know what challenges I'll be facing next, its stuff like that to always keep me on edge.

I guess I'm just old-school.

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