Keyboard Geniuses: Would Alien: Isolation have been scarier if it weren’t an Alien game?

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Run Like Hell

In an unprecedented theme week/Special Topics In Gameology crossover event, I busted into Horrors Week to talk about—what I believe is—one of the most terrifying scenes in video game history: the Cellar Archives in Amnesia: The Dark Descent. Ever since Amnesia broke through in 2010, we’ve seen a new wave of works riffing on its powerful version of video game horror, which, I argued, was exemplified in the scene where an invisible monster chases you through a flooded dungeon. Down in the comments, Beema honed in how these chase scenes, while frightening, can often go wrong:

Being chased by something …

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