DaHeckIzDat wrote:I don't really get scared by games, not even horror ones. One of my goals is to find a game that legitimately scares me someday. That said, there were a couple times when they did get a reaction out of me.
I remember the canyon level from Peter Jackson's King Kong scaring the crap out of teenage me for some reason. All those holes in the walls, knowing some of them have centipedes inside and others don't. What's a guy to do? Turn a ten minute level into an hour and a half slog by chucking a spear into every single hole to they can't jumpscare me, obviously.
I also remember getting scared by Dark Souls 1. I discovered the entrance to the catacombs for the first time. I went a little ways down it, and a skeleton comes sprinting out of the darkness at me. For some reason, that freaked me out, despite having fought my way through a dozen skeletons just to get there. I turned and started to run away, then stopped and wondered what the hell was wrong with me, turned back around and killed it...only for it to put itself back together and come at me again.
The way you describe the skeleton running at you through the darkness is terrifying. I can imagine it just coming into view and in that split second our brain has already decided for us that we need to run away. We feel like it isn't us that is fleeing. It's almost as if we're watching ourselves from a distance. It's a way of distancing ourselves from the mental trauma!!!!