How horror games use retro technology to scare you


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  • Shadow Gamer
    Shadow Gamer  42 minutes back

    Great vid

    • Laerei
      Laerei  19 hours back

      Jenna: "Does this make you uncomfortable?"

      Me: "Ummm. No?"

      • FeebleAntelope
        FeebleAntelope  1 days back

        Resident Evil 4 gets a mention ahead of RE 1 or 2?

        They haven't aged well, but for their time, they did horror pretty well by giving the player less control over the camera and making players scrounge around for ammo.

        So there was no way one was going to shoot their way through that.

        By the time they got to RE4, they had lost the actual horror.

        • Mrsmiley186
          Mrsmiley186  1 days back

          Nope, Alien Isolation is the best horror game ever made.

          • neko neko
            neko neko  2 days back

            *SCREAMS IN 80s*

            • AJ G
              AJ G  2 days back

              If you think fnaf is better than alien isolation you have problems. Fnaf isnt even a good game, it relies 100% on jumpscares.

              • Stef Mast
                Stef Mast  3 days back

                You could kill lots of things in Alien:Isolation though.

                • Bayu Rukmana Jati
                  Bayu Rukmana Jati  3 days back

                  In Dread Out, you can shot ghosts by... your camera. Your phone camera actually.

                  • Eggelson
                    Eggelson  4 days back

                    Stfu polygon

                    • DoctorWeeTodd
                      DoctorWeeTodd  4 days back

                      Last night I just watched hbomberguy’s video on VHS which delves into this concept:


                      • Max Moran
                        Max Moran  4 days back

                        Another thing about old cameras that's scary...their image quality is way, way worse. So you're trying to adjust your eyeballs to these less vibrant colors, these less clearly-defined shapes, and it's not always clear if that fuzziness in the background is just fuzziness, or something about to attack you. And if it is something about to attack you, you can't always make out what it looks like. All the while, your panic might lead you to make mistakes. The clunkiness and imprecision of old technology leads to ambiguity, and ambiguity is always unsettling to us as human beings.

                        • THE MATT 222
                          THE MATT 222  5 days back

                          Every time you take a photo, the ghost dies?
                          GOPRO+ Head strap : Hold our beers

                          • Ryan Tillman
                            Ryan Tillman  5 days back

                            Unless you're playing SOMA and you're trapped in a futuristic underwater dystopia harboring the remnants of humanity and a mad AI meshing machine and man into horrific abominations... Future stuff can be scary too

                            • Local Writer
                              Local Writer  5 days back

                              Thank you for not putting any jumpscares in this.

                              • Skepty
                                Skepty  5 days back

                                What the hell was that, stalker? You're saying that S.T.A.L.K.E.R's atmosphere is not horrorful and all it is is just shooting people, stalker? No. You're not a stalker anymore, you're a dead woman.

                                • Gungriver
                                  Gungriver  5 days back

                                  Interesting video, but i've gotta completly disagree with you on point about """""HORRUR""""" games from early/mid 2000's... as you put it. They did what first Predator movie did. You are not a schoolgirl on a spring break, you are some badass guy, packing some serious heat. And yet, you encounter something that can't be put down with bullets, something, that hunts you down for sport. The roaming pack of bloodsuckers at night from S.T.A.l.K.E.R. , the witch from Left 4 Dead, Ghosts from F.E.A.R. and that one chainsaw enthusiast in Resident Evil 4 : they all had a common thing. Each of those encounter hits really hard, because it makes your guns unreliable, it makes you doubt if it's all worth it, and makes you want to hide and run away in a game, where you previously dispatched foe after foe. All of them de-power your fantasy. All of them make you clutch your shotgun, like a kid clutches a teddy bear on a stormy night. And this is what most of the newer """survivor""" horror games lack (looking at you, Benny Hill's simulator a.k.a. Outlast), they straight toss the self-defence option out of window, and you just play gorified game of tag with the monsters.

                                  • Jacob Pegram
                                    Jacob Pegram  6 days back

                                    She's annoying.

                                    • M4TT.
                                      M4TT.  1 weeks back

                                      What about that game where you find a cellphone and use it to locate the owner? I dont remember the name sadly xd

                                      • Ishy
                                        Ishy  3 days back

                                        Sarah is missing?

                                    • Screw The Net
                                      Screw The Net  1 weeks back

                                      NOICE! btw they used typewriters in Resident Evils mansion because the creator was a retro nutjob ( HAIL TO HIM) and also because Umbrella could not risk exposure from leaked information with a computers let alone network in everyones bedroom. So they typed reports and diaries the old fashioned way, and only used tech in the monitored spaces below ground. Aside from that, which I am sure you already knew, this was a great vid! ^~^

                                      • Deadbolt
                                        Deadbolt  2 weeks back

                                        2.26 haha, my bro played outlast when my friends came over, and he was the only one getting scared. We were laughing at him doing high-pitched "eee"s

                                        • Peter Chan
                                          Peter Chan  2 weeks back

                                          God, observer and stories untold were so fucking good I can’t even word it. If possible, play them. They’re so amazing.

                                          • joegt123
                                            joegt123  2 weeks back

                                            1:45 You call real games that are scary "'horror' games". I call shitty hallway simulators with no real gameplay "horror 'games'". If a game can't scare you while you're fully capable of defending yourself, it doesn't deserve to scare you.

                                            • joegt123
                                              joegt123  2 weeks back

                                              There was an indie horror game a couple of years ago where the girl had to use her smart phone camera to see the ghosts. Not always old.

                                              • elevate111
                                                elevate111  2 weeks back

                                                Your haircut makes me uncomfortable.

                                                • TheSnoozeFox
                                                  TheSnoozeFox  2 weeks back

                                                  A genuinely great video, less politics more stuff like this please

                                                  • Space ace
                                                    Space ace  2 weeks back

                                                    i CAN NOT WAIT until flip phones become retro enough that POV horror games use a shitty flip phone camera instead of a tape recorder

                                                    • God of Beans
                                                      God of Beans  2 weeks back

                                                      I don't think that's fully it, its also because old cameras are lower quality, and lower quality is scarier because you can't see as well

                                                      • M Nichols
                                                        M Nichols  2 weeks back

                                                        what is "windows 97"

                                                        • Seth
                                                          Seth  2 weeks back

                                                          im dumb bc this is bothering me but what did she mean by 5th angle viewpoint?

                                                          • Alex Olinkiewicz
                                                            Alex Olinkiewicz  2 weeks back

                                                            Funnily enough, I'm a Solo Indie Dev who is working on a horror game that basically uses old cameras. As I view it the other reason why we tend to use older devices is because of the added limitation they have, and limiting is a useful tool in horror. Example what is a more effective weapon, a 6 Shooter Pistol or an Assult Rifle? and for Camera what is easier to take good images, your smartphone or a polaroid camera? When it comes to horror the player does need to feel week but when you give them a tool that is like giving a piece of armor and that means the player is less week, so the best way to keep them week is giving the player a week tool and of course on obsolete device is, of course, a week tool.

                                                            • Grandsome
                                                              Grandsome  2 weeks back

                                                              i saw this without sound. Then the dirst shocker. That lady scared me in the beginning....

                                                              • Maeve B
                                                                Maeve B  2 weeks back

                                                                i've gotten to the point where i can correctly guess who will be in a video solely based on the title... i don't know if i should be proud or ashamed

                                                                • brian4480
                                                                  brian4480  3 weeks back

                                                                  Trying to shoehorn RE4 into other shitty zombie shooters. Way to put your self at odds with 80% of your viewers.

                                                                  • Dragoonfliy
                                                                    Dragoonfliy  3 weeks back

                                                                    *kisses fingertips* That good good horror media analysis. Thank you for this gift.

                                                                    • Rusty Schwa
                                                                      Rusty Schwa  3 weeks back

                                                                      Didn’t notice till now but... Leon is kinda... thicc

                                                                      • Guts The Berserker
                                                                        Guts The Berserker  3 weeks back

                                                                        0:02 *What? You mean the creepy partially shaved head feminist glasses look? Yeah it's fucking horrifying how ugly some mentally challenged women make themselves on purpose.*

                                                                        • folks,
                                                                          folks,  3 weeks back

                                                                          Guts The Berserker hey can you stfu? She can do what she wants. To quote Brian, “you are not her friend and you have no say over what she does with her body.”

                                                                      • 胖子姐姐
                                                                        胖子姐姐  3 weeks back


                                                                        • Isacosmickookie
                                                                          Isacosmickookie  3 weeks back

                                                                          Bioshock was a cool game but i was so scared of it

                                                                          • Tiny Marsh
                                                                            Tiny Marsh  3 weeks back

                                                                            Kentucky Route Zero isn't a horror game, but it's definitely Lynchian, and I quite appreciate the use of quaint, tactile tech as a means of communicating the profound in that.

                                                                            • Angel Cisneros
                                                                              Angel Cisneros  3 weeks back

                                                                              Anyone else notice Jenna hitting her head against that monstrosity 👀😂😂😂 gotta love her 🙏🏼

                                                                              • Phoenix Pyre
                                                                                Phoenix Pyre  3 weeks back

                                                                                wait left for dead is meant to be a horror game

                                                                                • ChopRamen
                                                                                  ChopRamen  4 weeks back

                                                                                  damn no wonder gone home scares the bejesus out of me even though it's not exactly a horror game. retro technology is terrifying

                                                                                  • Pokerface
                                                                                    Pokerface  4 weeks back

                                                                                    Don't forget Silent Hill!

                                                                                    "Huh. A radio. Something's up with that radio."

                                                                                    • winston overwatch
                                                                                      winston overwatch  4 weeks back

                                                                                      God i always love hearing your thoughts on horror because theyre just, so fucking on the money, at least in regards to my own opinions.

                                                                                      • Ry St
                                                                                        Ry St  4 weeks back


                                                                                        • Ry St
                                                                                          Ry St  4 weeks back

                                                                                          Yes, but you won't want to play it without a gun.

                                                                                          • mohamad sepahvand
                                                                                            mohamad sepahvand  4 weeks back

                                                                                            Dont you dare to put left for dead to a sentence next to a master piece like re4

                                                                                            • eyeglassedstranger
                                                                                              eyeglassedstranger  4 weeks back

                                                                                              MORE fIENDZONE PLEASEEEEE, thanks for bringing it back <3