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User Info: Great_Paul

Great_Paul
1 month ago#31
Did not expect two in the bottom 5. I wasn’t even trying for that this time!
Bear Bro
It's kinda coincidental how like in most games pigs are evil.

User Info: Snake5555555555

Snake5555555555
1 month ago#32
95. Painting where the eyes move when the protagonist looks away (10 points)
Nominated by: Anagram (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGz_ymaGJPI

Importance: 5
Fear: 3
Snake: 2

I think this is a trope almost everybody knows, and yet, I find it difficult to really think of memorable examples off the top of my head. This is because, in my opinion, this is an extremely corny trope that's easy to pull off and doesn't leave any real, lasting impact on the viewer in question. And, after all, it is a trope specifically designed for the viewer, since many protagonists simply dismiss it as a trick of the imagination if they even notice it at all. So many of these scenes play out the exact same way, and it's Scooby-Doo levels of nonsense that isn't scary or funny in any matter, and as such I really have to question its inclusion in most stories anymore beyond parody. Are there exceptions? Few, but yes. One of my favorite uses of the painting eye holes is in Haunting Ground, as it plays into the voyeuristic nature of the game as Lorenzo spies on Fiona changing her clothes at the beginning of the game through one. The graphics of the game make it so you can't even tell anything's different about the painting, until it switches to Lorenzo's perspective which is a cool touch. It establish's Lorenzo's character before we even hear that name for hours too!

This is a very hard trope to pull off correctly with impact, and is otherwise a cheap tool from the horror 101 guidebook that is often used as a crutch for smart writing, tension-filled scenes, and creating conflict between characters.
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User Info: Maniac64

Maniac64
1 month ago#33
That's fair. Its a classic thing but not really scary 99% or the time.
"Hope is allowed to be stupid, unwise, and naive." ~Sir Chris

User Info: NFUN

NFUN
1 month ago#34
Moon Lord is much better horror than Eye of Cthulhu. Better fight and unique music and there's a minute-long intro where the music fades and the screen periodically dims which is actually pretty tense on your first fight (of course it still wouldn't rank very high)

or s*** like the abyss from calamity or polterghast because at least it has music
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abkUjD3qark
Video Game Music Contest 14 winner: Terraria Calamity - Scourge of the Universe

User Info: PumpkinCoach

PumpkinCoach
1 month ago#35
it was cool in laura bow because you get to be the one looking, but that was more of a cool detective thing than a cool horror thing
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User Info: Snake5555555555

Snake5555555555
1 month ago#36
That theme is awesome!

PumpkinCoach posted...
it was cool in laura bow because you get to be the one looking, but that was more of a cool detective thing than a cool horror thing


Funnily enough, when researching into the trope, I discovered the protagonist looking through the painting instead is actually a separate trope!
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User Info: Snake5555555555

Snake5555555555
1 month ago#37
93. Yamask (10.5 points)
Nominated by: PumpkinCoach (4/5 remaining)
https://bulbapedia.bulbagarden.net/wiki/Yamask_(Pok%C3%A9mon)

Importance: 2
Fear: 2.5
Snake: 6

Man Pokemon is weird. I know I shouldn't be surprised at this point, but like god damn, how does a dead human spirit become a Pokemon? What is the process behind that? How does that work?! It's pretty sad how they're mask is a reflection of how they used to look and that they cry when they look at it. I don't think this is one of the creepier Pokemon though (and there are a lot of them), since its appearance is a bit cuter than most and all it wants is friends which is really heartwarming. However, it does evolve into Cofagrigus, now there's a creepy one we'll save for another time!
I've decided to put my fears behind me. I'm not going back.
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User Info: PumpkinCoach

PumpkinCoach
1 month ago#38
wondering about spiritual beliefs in the pokemon universe whereby human souls and pokemon are treated the same. i guess since god is a pokemon, people don't think of themselves as the centre of the universe?

or the pokedex is apocryphal
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User Info: Snake5555555555

Snake5555555555
1 month ago#39
92. The Tam-Tara Deepcroft, Hard Mode (11 points)
Nominated by: Trdl23 (4/5 remaining)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2y_qGU7e_c0

Importance: 1.5
Fear: 4.5
Snake: 5

At first, I wasn't that impressed with this nomination. I had written it off much lower than I had it at first, that was, until I looked into and was fairly impressed with what I saw for an MMO. The perspective and gameplay style of your typical MMO makes it hard for FF14 to illicit any real scares through play, but looking into the lore of it all I discovered the darker meaning behind Avere, the weird floating head and Edda, the White Mage who appears to control it in some fashion. You need to pretty steeped in FF14 lore to get the full extent of this revelation, as the dungeon doesn't reveal much of this itself, but from what I gathered, Edda was a white mage in group of adventurers and betrothed to Avere. The group broke up after Avere was killed during a dungeon, blaming Edda for her lack of skills. Edda proceeded to carry her lover's head around, before resurrecting it as a Lovecraftian entity. Now, that's a pretty abridged summary of everything, but it's a creepy and dark story I definitely wasn't expecting out of this game. Edda's facial expressions in the dungeon are extremely unsettling as is her ghostly appearance after you defeat her.

I can't help but think this as a whole would be scarier in a different game though. There are so many things here that take me out of the atmosphere, including speechless characters, goofy actions from protagonists, the hilarious out-of-place victory tune after the defeat of Avere. There's some good lore here for an absolutely solid fantasy horror game all on its own, and while I'm glad something this does exist for an MMO, I also feel like there's a bit of wasted potential here too.
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User Info: Great_Paul

Great_Paul
1 month ago#40
Where's 94?
Bear Bro
It's kinda coincidental how like in most games pigs are evil.
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