My first Chris’ Survival Horror Quest post appeared on August 6th, 2003. That means that this is the Quest’s tenth year running, which I’m finding a little hard to comprehend. Since I started I’ve had two kids, shipped a bunch of games, founded a game studio, and moved across the Pacific ocean twice. I’ve also finished over sixty horror games, and have written about most of them (which, by the way, is a little over half of the games cataloged here).
Since it’s Halloween, and since there’s more interest in horror this year than in recent memory, I thought I’d call out a few of my favorite posts from the last ten years.
- My Guide to Understanding Japanese Horror
- The Two-Factor Theory of Emotion and how it applies to horror games. A version of this was later published in Game Developer Magazine.
- What’s wrong with Silent Hill Downpour
- Thinking/Doing/Easy/Hard: Mapping horror games to better understand them.
- Siren is the Scariest Game Ever Made, an article I wrote for Well Played, based on things I learned here.
- Why Illbleed isn’t fun.
- The varying uses of the Otherworld in the Silent Hill series.
There are a bunch more that I am proud of, but these are some of my favorites.
Thanks for sticking with me as I continue to dig into this fascinating genre. Happy halloween!