Fear is a hard feeling to capture and induce. Some people will wonder why someone would like to induce such “terrible” feelings as fear, horror and despair. Many games have tried but few have succeeded; I even wrote an article about the lack of real horror in most games of today, some of which actually say they are horror games but are far from living up to that statement. After writing that article I found out about Amnesia: The Dark Descent, but haven’t gotten time to play it until now. Read about the horrific experience!
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Have you ever found yourself in a situation in a game where you have two choices, one good and one “evil” and not being able to choose? One of the things that games can do is test our limits or how we see things; the same way as movies and books can. Some stories told in other media can be very disturbing but we still choose to watch/read/experience it. I think the same about games, but in games the player usually have a choice.
The third “missing” emotion in video games is affection; maybe connection is a better word. How often have you felt really connected, emotionally, to a character in a game? Connected to such extent that when something happened to her/him/it you would actually care and not just keep playing or re-load a save game.
Turning from horror to laughter might be a big step, but when talking about the lack of games the step is not that big. Really funny games, with parts or scenes that makes you laugh, is very hard to find. I guess comical is a more appropriate word than funny in this case. With comical games I mean games that by themselves can make you laugh and feel the game is ludicrous. [I exclude games you play with friends, since that cause another type of “amusement”]. Why are these games so hard to come by?
Why is it so hard to find games that are funny, scary or emotional in the true meaning of the words? When talking about emotions and reactions evoked by games, there are some emotions that are triggered in exaggeration. Stress, anger, happiness and amazement are some of the more common feelings we experience as gamers, but when it comes to feeling real fear or horror the selection of games is scarcer. That scarcity is also a fact for games that make you feel really emotional or for games that make you laugh out loud. As always with emotions it is very subjective what triggers them, different persons feel afraid or laugh at different things.