Sunday, January 19, 2014

A bunch of tweets in a blog post

  1. Also it was supposed to be one or two tweets and I wasn't falling asleep when I started. Bye.
  2. I wrote this late at night because I don't have another real forum for it and so people don't complain about me clogging their timelines.
  3. Except for the one point in the game where it says no fuck you, go get the camera you don't really need.
  4. Outlast has limited batteries, but they're too plentiful. And if you know your way around an area, you can travel in darkness with impunity.
  5. Amnesia was cool because you had to worry about your lamplight, since in darkness you went insane. You were worried about supply constantly.
  6. And it's not like I've never liked a horror game. I love the first Amnesia, even if both games are similar in structure.
  7. But you have to want to make the player play along. Outlast doesn't. I can get over the boring parts faster if I break the facade.
  8. So maybe horror games just aren't for me because they "break" so easily and playing along is so much more key to the experience.
  9. these problems (regressive to-do lists, bad stealth) are in lots of games. But when horror fails all you have is are these trite systems.
  10. If you try to hide, it's a bad stealth game.
  11. Hold shift and run by it to the checkpoint. If it kills me, restart at last checkpoint and try again (this has worked numerous times).
  12. Horror games try to up the tension by eliminiating combat, but that just makes them less scary. When I see an enemy I know what to do.
  13. I screwed up on a previous tweet: I can be scared by lots of things.
  14. Once you're lost your fear, most "pure" horror games are adventure games with monsters and manipulative music.
  15. I'm not saying I'm unscarable or whatever. I am. But when any enemy can be avoided by running enough circles around a floor, I'm not scared.
  16. When my dude dropped the camera, I burst out laughing. I wasn't scared of enemies by then, so I was like well that'll be another 10 min
  17. "Instead of adapting to the lack of light like a normal human being, let's risk our lives to go get it!"
  18. "You made it over this gap after seeing like three killers below! Yeah! But whoopsie, you dropped your camera!"
  19. "Aw shucks, the sprinklers don't work! Gonna have to find the two valves needed to turn them on again!"
  20. "In order to put out the one tiny area of fire you need to get through a room, go turn on the sprinklers instead of using any other water!"
  21. "Got the keys! But whoops! [comical sound effect] The key was stuck in a body that fell through the chute! Down we go!"
  22. "You're gonna need three fuses to get this key in the laundry chute!"
  23. It doesn't help that Outlast has as much in common with a Dick Van Dyke skit as it does a horror movie.
  24. After the first death it's impossible to be tense or scared. Yeah I'll get startled at jump scares, but I'm not thinking about survival
  25. Outlast made me think that I just don't like horror games.