Siren is the Scariest Game Ever Made

Note: This article was originally published in Well Played 3.0 in 2011. I wrote about the book here at the time, but the old links are dead and these days you actually have to buy the book or go wading through academic PDF sites if you want to read it. So I am reposting it […]

Surviving Horror for 20 Years

August marked 20 years since my first post to Chris’s Survival Horror Quest. For nearly half of my lifetime I have been writing, or trying to write, about horror games for this “blog,” a term that was not in wide circulation when I started. In the two decade lifespan of web site my children were […]

Everything Old is New Again

It’s been a while since I wrote anything about horror games. Mostly I just haven’t had time to play them. But at some point last year I realized that there was more to it than that: I was tired of trying to maintain my 12-year-old custom blog software.  I’ve been writing an occasional blog post […]

10 Years

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 […]

From Russia With Love

On December 28th, 2011, somebody exploited a vulnerability in this site’s forum software (the popular phpBB system) to install a hacker control panel that gave them wide access to this server and its files. Actually, code was injected back in October, but the individual waited until the 28th to do anything with it. On the […]

Playing PC Games is Hard

One of the most contentious aspects of this site is my decision not to include PC games in the Quest. This decision is not borne of some hate for the PC as a game machine, as some have supposed. Nor does it stem from some imagined key difference between PC horror and console horror. You […]

Two Factor vs Game Developer!

The latest issue of Game Developer magazine has an article I wrote called Pressed By The Dark, which is an expansion of the last two posts here on this site about the Two Factor Theory as it might be applicable to game design. The best part about it is that it’s paired with weirdo, crazy […]

Edge Writes About Me

In the April 2010 issue of Edge Magazine, at the bottom-right hand corner of a page about Alan Wake, there’s a little sidebar about this site. It’s been chosen as “Website of the Month,” and to my pleasant surprise the author sums up this site succinctly and accurately. It’s clear that whomever wrote that sidebar […]

Holy Crap, 5 Years!

Holy crap, this site has been up for five years! My first post was on August 6, 2003, which on Wednesday of this week will have been exactly 5 years ago. Damn, it doesn’t feel like that much time has passed, but the blog archive proves it. It also shows that I’ve managed to post […]

April Fools

Another year, another fake front page. I spent some time on this one; all of the text in the “Did you know..”. and “In the news” sections is real. The page will be archived here for posterity. If you are new to the site, you might also be interested in fake front pages from previous […]