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Video game ghost stories #3: Buried in the ground

Oct 31 // Ben Davis
~ I met all of my neighbors today. Most of them were really nice; I can already tell that Samson and I are going to be great friends. The eagle was a bit grumpy though, and the cat seemed full of herself. But I'm sure we can get along! A lot of them also have Gyroids in their homes. I tried to ask where they came from, but no one seems to know for sure. Buzz, the grumpy eagle, told me that he sees them in the ground sometimes when it's raining. Very strange... I'd never even heard of them before moving to this town. Aside from meeting the neighbors, I also got a job working at the raccoon's convenience store. So he runs the only store in town and manages all of the properties. It seems like he has as much influence on the town as the mayor. Maybe even more. He gave me a job and a place to live, so I definitely owe the guy. I'm not sure where I would be without him. ~ It was raining all day today, and guess what I found? As I was running late to work, I tripped over a lump in the ground. It was a Gyroid; Buzz was right! It was making this really weird gurgling sound and moving around every now and then like it was trying to break free of the mud. It had that sad, vacant expression that all the other Gyroids have. For some reason, I felt like I couldn't just leave it there, so I decided to take it home. ~ I got a letter in the mail today from Monique, the snooty cat. Apparently she's moving away soon. I've only been in town for about a week, so I didn't get to know her very well. The other neighbors say that people come and go all the time here, so it's not really strange for someone to suddenly decide to move out. Well, maybe someone a bit nicer will move into her place. In other news, that Gyroid I picked up the other day seems to be doing fine. It's still making that gurgling sound, though. I thought it was just doing that because it was stuck in the mud out in the rain, but it keeps gurgling away every so often. The sound mixed with its expression is a little unsettling. Sometimes it almost feels like it's trying to tell me something. ~ Today was the day that Monique was supposed to move out, so I decided to walk over to her place to see if she had left yet, and her house was gone! There was no sign of it anywhere. I got really confused, thinking I had walked to the wrong part of town, but her house definitely used to be right there. I remembered she lived directly south of the post office, so there was no mistake. Did they just bulldoze her house as soon as she left or something? Why would they do that? I went over to ask Samson what the deal was, and he says this kind of thing happens all the time. Whenever someone decides to move away, he gets a letter from them in the mail, and then a few days later they've left town and their house is gone. He thinks it must be Nook's idea to demolish old houses, since he owns the properties. It seems like a waste of money to build brand new houses for every new neighbor, though. Oh well. It's not really my problem. ~ It's been raining all week. I went to the post office today to deposit my rent and happened upon another Gyroid. Strangely enough, it was lying in the ground right where Monique's house used to be. This one was writhing around and making a horrible wailing noise, rather than the gurgling sound the other one makes. Wailing with that sad, empty expression... it sent a shiver down my spine. Once again I felt compelled to bring it home with me. I stored it in the basement next to the gurgling one so that I wouldn't hear the wailing all the time. They only seem to make noises when they see me. ~ Today was a big day! There was a sign near the museum saying that someone new was moving in soon, so construction on their house was underway. I also got a letter in the mail from Buzz saying he's about to move away. Things sure do happen quickly in this town. I went to say goodbye to Buzz, since we've been on good terms lately, but he seemed really distracted. I guess he has a lot to do to prepare for the move, so I can't blame him. I'll miss him, but at least I can look forward to meeting the new neighbor. ~ It rained again today. I had the sudden urge to go for a walk near where Buzz used to live, and guess what? I found another Gyroid, right where his house used to be. It was just like what happened when Monique moved. This one makes a hollow wooden sound, but it still feels like it's trying to tell me something. I took it home, of course. I'm starting to get a very weird feeling about these Gyroids, though. I keep finding them whenever someone moves. Could it be a coincidence? ~ Samson will be moving away soon, according to a letter I got in the mail. I can't believe he didn't tell me in person! I went by his house to talk to him about it, but he seemed out of it. It reminded me of how distracted Buzz had been before his big move. This is really sad news; I'm gonna miss that mouse. But it does give me a chance to settle some suspicions I've been having. I plan to camp outside Samson's house to see what happens tonight before the big move. ~ Oh my god. He killed him. Tom Nook killed Samson. I was hiding in the trees next to Samson's house, and around three in the morning, Tom Nook knocked on his door. When Samson opened it, Nook hit him in the head with an axe! I couldn't see what happened next, because Nook went inside and closed the door. All I could hear was the sound of an axe thumping. Next thing I know, Nook came back outside, dug a hole in the ground, and buried what looked like body parts. Then he stole all the furniture and disassembled the entire house with unbelievable speed and skill, and walked calmly back to his store with all of Samson's belongings in tow. My heart was pounding out of my chest as I ran back home. What just happened? I have to get out of town quick. Should I warn the other villagers first? A hollow wooden sound made me heart skip a beat. I looked in the corner and saw the Gyroid from Buzz's house, and suddenly it hit me. Nook had buried Samson's body in the ground outside his house. He must have done the same with everyone else. Is this how Gyroids are created? From the bodies of the dead? But why are they still moving and making sounds? Do they remember? My mind is reeling from everything that has happened tonight... ~ I must have passed out last night. I awoke to someone knocking on my door, and got up and answered it without thinking. It was Rasher, the new neighbor. He said he got a letter from me in the mail telling him I was moving soon. Was I being pranked? It took a moment for his words to register, but suddenly everything made sense. I didn't know what to say. I must have shrugged off Rasher in a haze as I stumbled back into my house. It must have been Nook who sent all those letters. No wonder Samson didn't tell me he was moving. It wasn't his choice. Tom Nook chooses who comes and goes in this town. And I'm the next to go.
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Happy Halloween!
Journal Entry #1: I moved to a new town today. It was a last-minute decision, and I didn't even have a place picked out, so it was a little scary. Luckily, a raccoon named Nook showed me some really cheap houses to rent, so I...

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$16 Killing Floor 2, Free Tribes, & Halloween sale in Weekend Deals

Freaky and a freebie
Oct 31
// Dealzon
Skipping out on the Saturday night costume soirée? No problem - this weekend is filled with PC gaming sales galore on Halloween (and non-Halloween) themed titles. Probably the best in the business right now is GMG's "F...

Video game ghost stories #2: The faces

Oct 30 // Ben Davis
"What's this? Green clothes... White fairy... Sir, could you, by chance, be a forest fairy? Oh my! My name is Tingle! I think I am the same as you, sir. A forest fairy! Alas, though I am already age 35, no fairy has come to me yet..." Link was very put off by Tingle's appearance. The grotesque features, the ill-fitting clothes, the overt jealousy of Link's fairy companion. He decided it was best to avoid this strange man for now. After reclaiming his lost ocarina, Link used its mysterious powers to travel back in time a few days and spoke with the Happy Mask salesman again. The man upheld his promise to return Link to his former self. He played a somber tune, and Link's body began to shift and change rather violently. It was not exactly a pleasant experience. As he left the leafy form behind, Link felt in his heart the soul of a Deku Scrub passing on to the afterlife. When he came to, he noticed a mask lying on the ground in front of him. A mask resembling the face of a Deku Scrub. With this mask, he would be able to switch between forms at will. Continuing on his journey, Link took to the snowy mountains. Just outside of the Goron village, he caught a glimpse of Tingle floating in the distance. Link decided to try and pass him by. He hadn't spoken to Tingle yet since going back in time, so the man shouldn't recognize him anyway. But as he trudged past through the snow... "Hello, Mr. Fairy! How nice it is to meet again out here in the mountains. You do not look yourself, though... You appear to have changed bodies! How can this be?" Link was taken aback. How did Tingle know who he was? He was certain he hadn't spoken to Tingle since the dawn of the first day. And he recognized Link even though he was no longer a Deku Scrub. Perturbed, Link gave Tingle a suspicious glance and continued on his way. In the mountains, Link met the ghost of a Goron which led him back to its grave. The ghost was restless, but after playing the Happy Mask salesman's somber tune, it seemed to be at peace. Once again, Link felt in his heart the soul of the Goron passing to the afterlife, leaving behind a mask in its place. He tried on the mask, and felt his body being ripped and molded into a new form. He could feel a remnant of the soul of the departed Goron pulsing through the mask as he admired his new body. Leaving the grave, Link was once again assaulted by the pesky 35-year-old. "Mr. Fairy! You have changed bodies once again! I am unsure how you have obtained this power to become a Goron or a Deku Scrub at will, but I must know. If I could become a true forest fairy... You must teach me your secret, Mr. Fairy!" Link barely acknowledged Tingle as he left the mountain in a hurry, eager to be far away from the unsettling middle-aged man. Returning to the first day once again, Link made his way to the Great Bay coast only to discover a Zora in distress out in the waves. He quickly dove in and dragged the body back to the beach, but it was too late. The Zora gave its final breath, and died right there in front of Link. He decided to play the somber tune once more and acquired the Zora mask. Remnants of the Zora's soul pulsed through Link's body as he donned the mask, transforming into a slender, aquatic form. Suddenly, he noticed Tingle floating in the air a short distance away. Was he being followed? Tingle approached with a shocked expression on his face. "I saw what you did, Mr. Fairy. You took that dead Zora's face. It made you turn into a Zora! Interesting. How interesting!" Link noticed a peculiar glint in Tingle's eye that sent a shiver down his spine. Why was Tingle looking at him like that? He thought about trying to explain that it was a mask and not the Zora's actual face, but he couldn't find the words. Instead, he backed away awkwardly, turning to leave as Tingle continued to look him up and down. Some time later, Link arrived at Ikana Canyon. Soon this whole ordeal would be over, and he could finally return to Hyrule. Unfortunately for Link, he would have to deal with the fairy fanatic once again. It seemed as though Tingle was able to be everywhere at once. Or maybe he really was following Link wherever he went... He approached and spoke in an unusually grim tone. "Mr. Fairy, I know now how I can finally become a real forest fairy. I've watched you do it time and time again. You took their faces. You wear their faces to inhabit their bodies. This is the key to your secret power, and it will soon be my power to wield as well." Link hesitated for a moment, caught off guard by Tingle's sudden malicious attitude. The man's expression told Link he was dead serious. He reached a shaky hand out towards Link's face, cackling excitedly. "Mr. Fairy... give me your face." Link turned and ran as fast as he could. Ducking behind a dilapidated hut, he whipped out the ocarina and hurriedly played the Song of Time. Back in the clock tower, Link fell to the ground, gasping for breath. He thought he would just stay put inside for a while. It was the best hiding place he could think of. Nobody ever seemed to enter the tower, aside from the Happy Mask salesman. And speak of the devil... "Ah, perfect timing! I just got done speaking with a client who is willing to pay an exorbitant price for a certain mask. However, this mask is not yet in my possession. But it shouldn't be too difficult to acquire. In fact, its source is standing right in front of me. All I need is... a little something from YOU."
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Counting down until Halloween
Link made his way out of the clock tower, still in Deku Scrub form thanks to the Skull Kid. He just needed to find a way to return to his regular body. The Happy Mask salesman apparently knows the secret. Wandering around Clo...

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Get in the Halloween spirit with Rare's 'Nightrare' video

Featuring evil Banjo
Oct 30
// Chris Carter
Halloween is nearly upon us, and Rare has chosen to share its "Nightrare," video, featuring a few of its famous mascots. It was made by a small team for Rare's 2015 Creative Jam, and it's merely a trailer, so don't have high expectations -- though, it does feature a maniacal chainsaw-wielding Banjo. Haha, it kind of reminds me of an Are You Afraid of the Dark episode.

What special in-game events are happening this Halloween?

Oct 30 // Joe Parlock
Destiny is running its Festival of the Lost event until November 9 that includes new quests, consumables, gear, and a Thriller emote that is the best thing the game has ever done. Unfortunately some of the stuff you get during the event will expire once it’s over, with mainly only Legendary items surviving past that. Warframe is doing things a little different, and is instead having a Day of the Dead celebration. Various themed skins for your Tenno’s capes, weapons and spaceships will be available, and I have to admit some of it is absolutely adorable. On top of that, a new type of glaive called the Cerata, and some special Halloween tactical alerts will be available. The event will last until November 4. Guild Wars 2’s event has already begun. The Shadow of the Mad King includes areas such as The Mad King’s Realm and the Mad King’s Clock Tower jumping puzzle. There’s also Halloween celebrations including mini-games and attractions going down in Lion’s Arch. As usual, there’s also some Halloween loot up for grabs, such as a neat Pumpkin staff and wearable bat wings. Team Fortress 2 has two Halloween events running at the moment. First is the Invasion update: while not strictly a Halloween event, it is a spooky-themed thing running at the end of October, which means it totally counts to me. New extraterrestrial-themed maps and enemies created by members of the TF2 community are running until November 5. The other Team Fortress 2 event is the official seventh annual Scream Fortress, which this year has also been created by the community. There are four new maps, some Harry Potter inspired taunts, new items available in the new Gargoyle Case, and the return of every other of the game’s previous Halloween updates. This one’s pretty huge. Wildstar’s not using its recent transition to free-to-play as an excuse to avoid Halloween, as it is currently running the Shade’s Eve event. There’s a new expedition known as Quiet Downs for players to embark on, new decorations for your house, and a lot of the main cities in the game have been given a spooky makeover. Shade’s Eve is running until November 2, so you haven’t got long to grab the loot you want from it. Daybreak, developers of Planetside 2, DC Universe Online, H1Z1, EverQuest, and Landmark have gone all out this year. New weapons, quests, items and more are on offer for all of their games, and as there are just too many to list individually, Daybreak have been really kind and given us a quick breakdown of what's going on. You can find that here, or on any other of the games' sites. Overkill somehow managed to find the time after making everybody angry to make an admittedly pretty awesome event for Payday 2. Running from October 29 to November 12, each day is introducing something new. At the moment we have two new heists: Honey, I Shrunk the Heisters!, which sees your team shrunken down while fighting off teeny-tiny police and slightly bigger spiders, and The Safehouse Nightmare which includes the Necrocloaker and, terrifyingly, the Headless Titandozer. These maps are currently only meant to stick around during the event, but if they prove popular Overkill have said they’re open to the idea of keeping them in the rotation. Perfect World's Neverwinter is bringing back its annual Masquerade of Liars event. It'll begin October 29 and run until November 4 on both PC and Xbox One. Masquerade includes two new daily quests, a kind of adorable scarecrow companion, new consumables and some costume pieces for you. Most importantly, you can now have a Unicorn mask and bring frightening horse-themed terror to the lands of Neverwinter and beyond, impaling all of those who challenge thy mighty horn. Finally, World of Warcraft and Heroes of the Storm are both running the Hallow’s End event. In World of Warcraft, the event will have three new quests including the seasonal boss the Headless Horseman. The same Horseman will be terrorising the cities of Azeroth, providing locations such as Razor Hill, Goldshire and Silvermoon City with events to help fix the damage he’s caused. There will be plenty of rewards such as mounts and costumes, and there are 11 new achievements for the major completionists. In Heroes of the Storm, there is a week-long 50% bonus XP event lasting until November 3. You’ll also be able to earn a Jack-O’-Lantern portrait by winning 25 games before November 17. And of course, there’s a new Headless Horseman-themed mount, a new skin for Falstad, and a load of bundles are on sale during the event. This list doesn’t even include the various sales either upcoming or ongoing on various digital distribution sites like PSN, Green Man Gaming, and Steam if none of these games quite take your fancy.
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I refuse to use the word 'spoopy'
Halloween, one of the best days of the year, is almost upon us! With the sweets and pumpkins also comes a landslide of in-game events for almost every game released ever. Here’s a quick run down of some of the things you can find in your favourite games over the next couple of weeks.

Video game ghost stories #1: Man eater

Oct 29 // Ben Davis
~ The new recruit has turned out to be very useful in battle, although their tactics are rather unsettling. I don't know how to put this delicately, but... they have literally been eating our enemies alive. They have a voracious appetite which seems as though it can never be satisfied, and they have a taste for almost anything. It's good for us, as they have been making short work of the monsters in our path and scaring the rest of them away. It's a bit disturbing to watch, though... All that slurping and crunching is gruesome. It makes my stomach turn over just thinking about it. ~ Today we were fighting some soldiers from Alexandria and our new recruit tried to eat them. Human soldiers. The rest of our party was horrified, and I told the new recruit that they could not eat humans. They seemed very disappointed. They kept muttering, "but it look so tasty," and, "I so hungry." Everyone has been a bit wary around them since the incident. Perhaps it's time to find a replacement. They're bringing down morale and making everyone uncomfortable. For now, I guess I'll wait and see if something like this happens again. ~ I awoke today to find that a member of our group had gone missing. His old rusty armor was still lying at the foot of his bed at the inn, but he was nowhere to be found. Maybe he ran away in the middle of the night? I guess I wouldn't blame him, and leaving his armor behind would allow him to escape quickly and quietly. I will miss him. Even though the two of us didn't quite get along, he was a tremendous asset in battle. ~ The new recruit has been acting stranger than usual lately. They keep giving everyone these really weird looks and their mouth starts drooling... I keep thinking we should just ditch them, but since we lost Rusty we really can't afford to lose any more members. ~ Another member of our group has gone missing. Her spear and clothing were strewn about her bed, and now I'm seriously worried. There's no way she would have left without her things. I think it's time to leave the new recruit behind... I'll let the other two in on the plan, and hopefully we can escape tonight. ~ I stayed up all night waiting for the perfect opportunity to wake the others and leave, but the new recruit apparently sleeps with their eyes open? Watching them... sleep?... sent shivers down my spine. I'm not sure what to do at this point. We might just have to make a run for it. ~ We made our escape while the new recruit was busy feasting on a large basilisk. The slurping and munching was quite loud, so hopefully they didn't hear us over all the noise they were making. We managed to hail a passing airship and returned to Alexandria to come up with a new plan for our adventure. The princess has been really scared lately, and we've all been mourning the disappearance of our two allies. I have a horrible feeling we won't be seeing them again... but at least the three of us are safe now. ~ The new recruit followed us to the Capital! How did they know where we were? How did they get here so quickly? They surprised us late at night, a crazed look in their eyes. I grabbed the princess and ran, but I didn't know where the mage had gone. I hope he found a place to hide or something. I don't know where else we can go, but we have to get away. For now, we're going to hide in the woods outside of town. ~ The princess and I became separated in the woods somehow. One second she was right behind me and the next thing I know she's gone! I've been calling her name and running around in a panic. What should I do?! ~ They're here. They followed me into the woods. I can hear their heavy breathing and horrible slurping sounds. I fear there is nowhere left to run or hide. They seem to know exactly where I'm going at all times. I've been running all day. I don't know how much more of this I can take... Just thinking about their awful, dead eyes and insatiable appetite fills me with dread. Is this the end for me? If someone finds this journal, heed my warning! Stay away from the Q -- (indecipherable scribbling) . . .
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Counting down until Halloween
Journal Entry #1: We recruited a new member to our party today, but they're a little... strange. We found them hanging out in a swamp eating frogs. At first, I thought it was an enemy, as their appearance startled me, but they seemed eager to join our team and we need all the help we can get. Let's hope for the best!

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Steam's Halloween Sale is full of spooks and savings

Oct 29
// Brett Makedonski
Halloween can quickly turn into an expensive holiday. Fake graves for the yard, sexy costumes, and peeled grapes aren't going to buy themselves. But, if you've budgeted irresponsibly, Steam's here to bail you out again. Just ...
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Halloween sale: $3 Left 4 Dead 2 and 200 other PC games to munch on

Delicious lookin' deals
Oct 26
// Dealzon
Costume parties and trick-or-treating may be all the rave, but it's also prime time for zombies and scary story gaming. In celebration of spooky time, Green Man Gaming is running a "Face Your Fears" PC gaming sale with titles...
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HotS Halloween

Heroes of the Storm's new Halloween content is pricey

This picture is worth $53.04
Oct 23
// Jordan Devore
Blizzard is about to hold its Hallow's End event in Heroes of the Storm and that means a new mount and skin, a 50 percent XP boost in all regions, and the chance to unlock a Jack-O'-Lantern portrait. The new Headless Horseman...
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Ultra Street Fighter IV's Halloween costumes are bonkers

Haha, Cody
Oct 20
// Chris Carter
Street Fighter V might be coming out early next year, but Capcom isn't done with Ultra Street Fighter IV just yet. The PC, PS3, PS4, and Xbox 360 editions of the game are getting new Halloween costumes, which will b...
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Halloween games

What are you playing this Halloween season?

The season of the witch
Oct 14
// Nic Rowen
Halloween is my favorite holiday. Aside from being a great excuse to dress up like an idiot, party with friends, and drink terrible pumpkin-flavored booze (that any other time of the year you’d dump into the nearest gut...
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Team Fortress 2

Team Fortess 2 goes to space with the community-made Invasion Halloween event

By the community, Valve's is coming soon
Oct 07
// Joe Parlock
[Update: Turns out Valve in fact is doing a Halloween event. This is simply the Community-made Halloween event. We've updated the post below to reflect this.] The Halloween update is one of the biggest times of the year...
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These Pokemon Halloween pumpkin stencils are adorable

Printable and free
Oct 06
// Chris Carter
The official Pokemon website is getting in the holiday mood this year, as it has provided Halloween pumpkin stencils for all. The patterns are free -- just head to the site and print them. Some of them are spooky, some aren't (and one, Espurr, is absolutely terrifying). But do the right thing: make at least one Gengar pumpkin. Halloween Pokemon Pumpkin Stencils []
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Celebrate Halloween in Rocket League

Play this month to earn gear
Oct 05
// Jordan Devore
Halloween will be here before we know it -- especially if you're a Rocket League fan. If you play the game between October 18 and November 2, you'll be able to earn spooky customization items as post-match drops whether you w...
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Our Halloween costumes 2008 to 2014: a Destructoid tribute

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Nov 08
// craineum
[Old-school Dtoid community blogger craineum shares his last seven Halloween adventures with us. What an awesome dad! Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Mr Andy Dixon] I haven't written...

CoD Advanced Warfare, Dragon Age Inquisition up to 20% off

Yep, it's another CoD
Nov 01
// Dealzon
Deals brought to you by the crew at Dealzon. FYI: sales from certain retailers go toward supporting Destructoid. If you're a PC gamer questioning why you need to spend the full $59.99 for a purely digital copy of Call of...
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Halloween demos

Happy Demoween, Destructoid!

Win cash, play demos, egg Mr. Andy Dixon's house!
Oct 31
// Rob Morrow
Just in time for Halloween, we've got several devilish announcements that may be of interest to you, our ghoulish Destructoid readers. First up is a monstrous ten-gigabyte demo that just went up on Steam for Tango Gamework's ...
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Xbox 360 copy up for grabs
[Update: Contest over! Random winner is jondier. Thanks to all who participated! Those are some good looking costumes :)] Do you like dressing up for Halloween? I sure do! In fact, just a few years ago I went as Princess Peac...

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Fangs for the Memories: Two Way Mirror of Terror

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Oct 28
// TheDustinThomas
[Dtoid community blogger TheDustinThomas shares with us his memory of one of the best jump scares in the entire Resident Evil series. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? Go write something! --Occams...
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5 spooky places that should be in a videogame

Promoted from our Community Blogs!
Oct 27
// SpielerDad
[Dtoid community blogger SpielerDad offers up some real life spooky places that would be a perfect setting for a horror game. Warning: Pseudo-NSFW images below. Want to see your own stuff appear on the front page? G...

10 things to enjoy for your gamer Halloween

Oct 25 // SeymourDuncan17
Killer Instinct's Spinal Musical Theme Goddamn skeletons. Easily the spookiest of all monsters. You hear the rattling of those bones, and it can only be one thing: Your worst fear, with death to soon follow. Alright, that's two things. Actually, a skeleton may not even be able to physically kill you as they have no muscles.  But, look at them! Ug-o! It's like being ultra-naked.  One of gaming's most famous skeletons being KI's Spinal and as a huge fan of the franchise, it felt appropriate to feature him in some way. This "complete" version may drag on a fair amount for those first 4 and a half minutes, but it still comes together quite nicely. The video's cheesy visuals help a great deal. Make sure to read the top comment for a little bit of insight into the creation of the track.  I need to get me a leg bone flute.  Silent Hill While everyone fondly remembers the highly-influential Silent Hill 2, remember that those same people also seem to forget that Silent Hill 1 exists. Jerks. It's like shoving your mother into hospice over a common cold. Sure, it's aged a little bit, but, then again, so has Silent Hill 2. There's something to appreciate in both. Personally, while Silent Hill 2 has the industry significance, the OG Silent Hill is where all the super spooky frights are. From the very beginning, the game is intense and doesn't waste any time. First, you are killed, but actually not. Then, you're attacked by motherfucking pterodactyls! Immediately afterwards, you try to find your bearings amidst the empty and fog-infested streets of Silent Hill as you're mauled by rapid dogs! Don't even get me started on the elementary school. I still haven't gone back to finish the game since completing that section over two years ago. Someday, though. Someday. Perhaps once I forget how outrageously terrifying it was.  This hilarious Erie commentary Some time ago, I hastily threw together a blog detailing my top playthroughs by one known as Cr1TiKaL. Since discovering his Octodad playthrough a couple years back, I've been a ginormous supporter of his work and I'm here to once again try to get some more of you into the club.  What makes Cr1TiKal so unique to your average LP'er is in how much he downplays everything that happens. You can literally count the amount of times he's either laughed or screamed on your two hands. He often emits sarcasm and seems to effortlessly form both hilariously crude, yet varied and intelligent sentences in regards to what's happening on-screen. All the while, he is totally monotone. So oddly charming. He doesn't pander to the usual LP schticks. He just plays and makes light. Oh and every cent of his partnership funds go directly to charity. Why aren't you already a fan? Darksiders II It may not be a horror game, but the Darksiders franchise still has got a devilish, monstrous universe with tons of violence, gore, and gritty settings. It also features a player character who looks suspiciously like Slipknot's Mick Thompson.  The original Darksiders is sort of a cult favorite amongst gamers. It was incredibly derivitive, but there was also a lot of charm to it's darker take on the Legend of Zelda formula. Its sequel, though, was much more of its own thing. While still taking inspiration from other titles, it became more of an unspecified open-world brawler with a focus on loot.  It does get shaky for a while around four fifths of the way through, but it's a thoroughly awesome experience that more should have picked up on around its release. The developers didn't just haphazardly pump out a sequel, it's clear they gave it their all and that should be rewarded.    This year's JonTron Halloween special How many of you were honestly aware the original Clock Tower also released on the SNES? I sure wasn't! Then again, I also kind of sometimes confuse Clock Tower with Alone in the Dark. So, that means I'm just stupid.  JonTron gives us a lovely and humorous look at what was arguably one of the first "survival horror" videogames. Although, it seems much more like a straight up point and click adventure that just so happens to focus on horror. Either way, it has a villain that reminds me that I haven't yet thought of every possible awful way to die.  The Typing of the Dead: Overkill I experienced a handful of the original House of the Dead: Overkill via the Wii version. I haven't touched too many light gun games, but this one was some good fun. However, I think I enjoyed its self-aware sense of humor a little more than the actual gameplay. Making light of classic grindhouse and horror films as well as itself, you'll find yourself basking in whatever crap the game decides to throw at you. Context is this game's strong suit.  The "Typing" iteration of Overkill not only includes a way to play it as it was originally intended, but gallantly brings back an old favorite pastime of mine: typing games! I used to love the mini-games we were rewarded with during my high school's typing course exercises. Heck, I considered even the basic exercises its own sort of videogame. I needed speed, I needed precision, I needed to be totally in the zone, and I wanted to beat every new "high score" I achieved. To think, I was simultaneously improving a skill that's actually of use in the real world! What a great time it was to be a growing boy.  If the above paragraph speaks to you at all, you literally cannot go wrong with Overkill's PC port. It's pretty cheap considering how loaded with content it is, and it's pretty darn hilarious to boot.  Silent Hill (Film) I haven't played every installment or obsessively Wiki'd all I could about it, but the Silent Hill franchise is one I have a great amount of respect for. That it's even still around and that its latest installment is looking pretty fucking good so far makes me so happy.  So, you may not have assumed as such, but I do actually sort of enjoy the first Silent Hill film. What can I say? I ain't gonna lie. It's not amazing, it's not even strictly faithful, but as far as film adaptations of videogames go, well... it goes without saying that you can do much, MUCH worse. It's a nice little horror film with tons of Silent Hill-y elements. No more, no less.  The hilariously terrible sudden exposition spout towards the end kinda makes you want to write a passive aggressive email to whoever wrote the screenplay, but it's worth supporting as a videogame adaptation that doesn't soil itself.  Imscared: A Pixelated Nightmare If you're looking for a horror game both easy on your hardware and easy on your wallet, not only does this little diddy's visuals amount to buggerall (it's kind of in the title), but it's totally free! Here's a dirty little secret, though: I haven't played it. I've only ever watched it being played. However, I think I can at least say you can find far less digified free PC horror experiences than this. It looks pretty interesting. It even involves adding files to your computer (don't worry, it's safe) that are contextualized as the game's antagonist (seen creepin' above) trying to interact with you as the player.  Sort of brings back memories of the 4th wall-breaking Psycho Mantis of Metal Gear Solid, doesn't it? Sounds like a heck of a thing. Give it a shot and tell me how it is because I'm far too much of a wuss.    [embed]282959:56119:0[/embed] Game Theory's unsettling look into Five Nights At Freddy's  It's no fun admitting defeat.  That the biggest and most seemingly overhyped indie horror craze since Slender is actually a little spooky, but after watching the Game Theory's latest video...I can safely say I will never ever play this game. This all could be chalked up to "thinking too much" about some likely meaningless details, but that's where things can get interesting!  When they make this much sense, it also gets incredibly unnerving.  As much as I sort of wish I had never watched this video, more should revel in creativity like this! Those who are especially weak-willed, get ready to scroll that wheel. Gotta get to 10 things. No matter what it takes. Alien: Isolation I'm sure you were expecting this to pop up at some point, like a Xenomorph dropping suddenly from the vent above to claw and host it's way into your tummy. Enjoy the rest of your very short life as an egg, buster. I've already gone at length about why the alien's AI in Isolation is so bloody brilliant, but seeing as how much your time on the Sevastapol is spent on the synthetics, the humans and exploring, I thought it'd be appropriate to tell you why the rest of the game is also pretty nice.  While the humans can, sadly, only offer minor thrills with their incredibly rudimentary AI, the synthetics, ironically, feel that much more realized in how they fight and maneuver. Sometimes they won't bother you, but usually, they're out for blood. Not quite intentionally, though. They're just a little overprotective is all.  They're also pretty damn resistant. Set them ablaze and they'll just keep coming (athough, it is an especially awesome visual treat). Fire at their noggin and they'll just stumble a bit. Melee them? Hah. Don't even try. You'll have to expel one of your stun baton charges first, and only then will a barrage of melee attacks do just one of them in. They're a riot.  Simply walking around the Sevastapol may get very tiresome during the game's final hours, but for the vast majority of the experience the atmosphere and level of detail/graphic fidelity got me hooked as well. Even ignoring that, a lot of the time an Alien is literally stalking you throughout every forward progress or backtrack; it's an absolute joy to witness what Creative Assembly have done with the visual stylings of the original Alien film. It's not only incredibly faithful, but wholly its own thing. You'll find yourself both absolutely giddy and terrified in believing you're actually in the same universe as the films/comics. It has its pacing issues, but Isolation deserves your time and money. If any game released in the last few years is going to make you wet or poo poo yourself, it's this.  ---------- That's it for my list. If you have of your own suggestions, tell me about them! 
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