Creepy/scary gaming moments

Discussion in 'General Gaming Discussion' started by nasune, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. nasune

    nasune GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 13, 2009
    Do any of you have some creepy/scary gaming moments to share?
    By scary/creepy moments I don't necessarily mean scary games but things that happened in real life while you were playing as well.
    For me it was a couple of weeks ago, while I was playing the calling. It was around three am, and I did not want to play Fatal Frame (that game is scary enough in broad day light, let alone at three am in the dark), so I decided on a decidedly less creepy game. All was well and I was kind of bored, right up to the moment when the speaker in my controller began to speak. I had totally forgotten about that, so when I heard a voice so close to me I nearly dropped the thing in shock. Took me a couple of seconds to compose myself, and remember that it was just my controller too.

    So any of you had anything else during a game?(in-game moments is fine too)
  2. JonnyPoots

    JonnyPoots GBAtemp Regular

    May 21, 2011
    United States
    many many years ago (15+, so maybe I was 9ish???) my parents had hid the NES in their room as punishment. This wasn't an unusual punishment and all I had to do was wait for them to be at work to go in their room and hook up the NES to their TV and play while laying on the bed, hell this was preferred. It should be mentioned that the house we were in at the time was old, creeky, and just a tad spooky (also very spidery, but that's neither here nor there). So I go through the ordeal of dragging in a chair to get up into the closet, snagging the Nintendo, pulling the TV out and hooking it all up. I start playing Blaster Master, my all time favorite game, and I'm at the level four boss, the frog (if you know the game, you know about the whole 'pause while grenade-ing the boss' to easily kill it), I do the 'trick', get the Key, and get back in the tank. At this point I realize how tremendously I have to pee, so I pause and what starts happening almost scares the piss right out of me. Basically my Nintendo had become possessed. It was making these horrifying noises, the pause screen was shaking a blinking wildly and just as I was running for the door (with piss just about to burst) the image of the second to final boss (this guy) began to emerge. I was seriously scared shitless, and I could still hear the noises while in the bathroom and they seemed to be getting louder. I then ran through the house to the main TV and turned it on loud enough to drown out the noises emanating from my parents room. After an hour of calming down, a new fear began to creep up my spine - my parents would soon be home and I was gonna be in deep shit for setting up the Nintendo and leaving it on when I was supposed to be grounded. Let alone how much trouble I would be in if I had in fact turned the NES into a conduit to the nether and was now filling my parents room with all manner of daemons. So I man up, go in there, keeping my eyes firmly on the Nintendo power button and away from the TV, and successfully returned everything to its rightful place. Later I realized that the system had, of course, glitched or frozen and it was running all the sound files, minus the music, at once. I am still creeped out and bewildered by the image of that boss coming into the pause screen.
  3. Arm73

    Arm73 GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 4, 2006
    I'm actually playing Corpse Party on the PSP now ( great game ) and usually late at night in complete darkness in bed before I go to sleep.
    The game itself is rather simple in presentation ( a few cut scenes here and there ) and most 'killings' are not even shown but rather ' acted ' with excellent japanese voice overs on a black screen.
    So the terror is actually psycological because you don't really see anything but hear screams, blows and cracks, the rest , is up to your imagination ( much more powerful that any other media IMO ).
    Since I'm also playing it with headphones ( I know I'm a masokist ) a few times I heard scary voices coming softly from the left or right and I could swear somebody was there next to me !
    That was some good ol' scare :wtf:
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  4. ScarletCrystals

    ScarletCrystals Useless Bunny of Paradise

    Apr 9, 2010
    Bamboo Forest, Gensokyo
    Playing pokemon pearl and walking onto a rain route the first time just as it started raining outside in the real world. >_
  5. choconado

    choconado Doesn't understand a damn thing on here

    Jan 28, 2010
    United States
    I was way too into the first Parasite Eve game once upon a time. So much so that one time I was on break at work at McDonald's (I was a teen, so sue me) in the evening, and I jumped about a mile when I thought I saw Eve's reflection in the glass of the window. Turned out to be just the right angle of McD's "red" colored objects, but it sure did spook me at the time.
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  6. thaddius

    thaddius Charmander is not pleased.

    May 5, 2008
    Opening scene in Silent Hill when the demon babies come at you and you can't do anything. Scared the hell out of me the first time I played it.
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  7. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone

    Fucks every kid up.

    EDIT: As for anything, else most games aren't scary unless they're intentionally meant to scare you. That being said, the underwater car scene in Silent Hill: Shattered Memories really got to me. Like I actually had nightmares about it. Nothing else in that game or Silent Hill 2 scared me as much.

    EDIT 2: But as a kid I was scared of some weird things in Pokemon. MissingNos bothered me a lot (and still do to some extent, for no real reason) as did the ghosts in Lavender Town. They don't really bother me as much nowadays but I'll still get chills seeing them, as odd as it may seem.
  8. thaddius

    thaddius Charmander is not pleased.

    May 5, 2008
    Wow, really? I guess I didn't get as much into that one as you. I did play it mostly on a bus on my PSP...
  9. Paarish

    Paarish Connor's Nublet

    Aug 26, 2009
    Married to DinohScene
    I'm actually really glad you said that because I'm the same way.
    It still creeps me out when the screen stays black for a few seconds before MissingNo appears :(
  10. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    I played the Wii version so IDK if the visuals are as good (the Wii version had fantastic graphics). The larger screen and stuff probably helped too. It's a great scene but it's creepy as shit.
  11. Ritsuki


    Mar 15, 2008
    First zombie in Resident Evil (PS1). And also the corridor where two zombie dogs come out of the windows, accompanied by a scary music... And for some reasons, I had nightmares after playing 999 (DS)...
  12. Sora de Eclaune

    Sora de Eclaune Baby squirrel, you's a sexy motherfucker.

    Feb 15, 2011
    United States
    123 Fake Street
    I vividly remember owning this old DOS game where, at random times, it would freeze on this horrifyingly-realistic pixelated face similar to that Exorcist girl's face. It would also save when this face was shown, so when you try to go back to your game it would load to that face. Every time I would see it, I would scream and try to turn the computer off, but it was hard-frozen and wouldn't turn off until the system was unplugged from the power adapter thingy/wall outlet. So my parents had to fix it for me. I had terrible nightmares about it.

    It's a really vivid memory for me...Really, it's why I can't ever play/see anything with jump scares that involve the Exorcist face.

    My parents, however, give a different story. They say I've never owned a game like that. They say I've never come to them because the computer was hard-frozen, and I've never had nightmares about anything like that. There's no telling if they're lying or not, however.
  13. Forstride

    Forstride The rudder moves when I turn the wheel

    May 6, 2008
    United States
    Pittsburgh, PA
    One time I was playing Animal Crossing: Wild World, and I was on wi-fi with a friend...So, I'm walking through my house, and in my bedroom, the music for The Roost is playing. It's not possible to have it play in your house, and it was just randomly playing, at a really low volume, which made it even creepier.

    It's not exactly a real life incident, but it's the only scary moment I can really think of, aside from when I first got Brawl and played it like crazy, I kept hearing the Flat Zone 2 music coming from my fan while I was trying to go to sleep.
  14. jing90

    jing90 GBAtemp Regular

    Dec 18, 2010
    the music in Obscure. It seems that something is about to attack you any second when actually there's nothing in the room... which makes you think that when you'll open the door something happens... but nothing again and it repeats until you finally meet a monster...
  15. demonicstrife

    demonicstrife *INSERTGENERICTITLE*

    May 22, 2008
    United States
    Somewhere in the middle
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Worst childhood moments of my LIFE.
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  16. hobo33

    hobo33 Advanced Member

    Mar 14, 2009
    The first (and only) time I played Zombies Ate My Neighbours for the SNES would probably be the scariest moment I've ever had playing game. I played it at my friends house and he let me play on the level where you are in some factory and the little dolls that chase you around with knives were the only enemy IIRC (I think they were invincible as well, don't remember). Not quite why it scared me so bad, but after that I refused to be around when anyone would play that game.
  17. iluvfupaburgers

    iluvfupaburgers FUPA Luva

    Sep 21, 2010
    in front of my computer
    i was playing FEAR2 on my 3rd run of the game, so i pretty much knew where alma showed up. so i was looking for the collectable items and find a dead end. once i turn alma was there! it scared the hell out of me. i figured it was a bug or glitch since after that alma followed me for quite a while
  18. Gabbynaruto

    Gabbynaruto GBAtemp Regular

    Nov 2, 2010
    Outer Space
    @Sora de Eclaune: Hey, now that I've seen you here, I remembered something. Been playing Nanashi no Game. When the girl died in the train, or what was that at the beginning of the game, I felt rather amused. But after I've been sent to the abandoned hospital, And those zombies, ghosts, crying baby and stuff started crawling out, I was frozen still. I was killed by a ghost of a girl in red dress, and, since then, I never touched the game again. That scene scared the hell out of me. And to think that it's just a DS game :))

    Another scary memory... memories:

    When I was younger, I was quite a scary cat. There was a shooter game back on DOS. I can't remember the name, but, I remember that it was set in the egypt, and from the very first seconds, some tiny spiders were attacking you. They were moving fast, and it was really hard to kill them. Add some scary music that that, and some scary pain screams of the character you played with, and you get a game that scared me every time, and one I avoided to play. Guess it will be easier now to play it, but, I can't find it anymore... Still, back then, it scared the shit out of me.

    Also, once, I was playing Prey. I was in a rather quiet area, when I suddenly started hearing voices in my headphones. i was looking around, thinking that maybe some enemies showed up. Nothing. I've been searching the whole area to see if enemies are around. Still nothing. But, the voices were still there. I thought the game had bugged or something, so, I saved and quit. The voices were gone. I didn't knew what happened, so, I started playing Unreal Tournament (not sure if 2k4 or the 1999, but, I'm sure I was playing a 1999 map, which I had in both games). Once more, shooting killing, stuff like that. As the round ended, the voices were back. I went to the menu, and turned the sound off, thinking it was from the game (and the voices were annoying). Started that map once more, and, during the game, the voices made another appearance. What was wrong, I had thought. Well, I finished the round and quit the game. Once more, voices gone. I thought I was tired from playing, so, I started surfing the net. Ironically, the voices appeared once more. So, I quit my browser, my music player, whatever program had to do with music and sounds, and was left with only the messenger turned on. The voices were still there though. I quit the messenger, quite when a voice was talking, and, surprise, the voice was shut. Okay, fine, I thought. I logged into the messenger once more, and, surprise, voices were back. Not sure what I did, but, I worked some settings out and finally made those voices shut down. In the end, I learned that they were coming from a friend, who was talking with someone else via the microphone. I can't explain how come i received the signals too, but, still, it felt pretty creepy back then, both in games and out of them.

    Oh, and, the last one. Usually, when I am playing games (and only while I'm playing games), and I am in mostly silent areas, I hear someone calling my name (girl's voice), or the doors opening and closing, or cats meowing, or some loud bangs, but, when I ask someone else, no one hears them. No explanation for these though, must be just my imagination.

    EDIT: Oh, and, I forgot to mention the transformation sequences in Majora's Mask. Every time Links puts a mask on his face, it is creepy as hell.

    EDIT 2: Oh, and, the first time I startled a witch in Left 4 Dead. Still can't forget that...
  19. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    The only time i've ever run into a game that was genuinely creepy was Fatal Frame 3 (or Project Zero 3...whatever floats your boat). Many games try to be scary but playing Fatal Frame in the dark with the sound cranked up can get quite freaky at times.
  20. Terenigma

    Terenigma Terenigma everywhere

    Nov 10, 2008
    One of the deaths in chapter 2 on corpse party got me pretty good, You're sitting there reading the text of your character whilst watching the black screen thinking "oh damn i failed oh well i guess ill just reload my last save" Then suddenly out of NOWHERE you see the messed up smily ghost image of a girl on the black screen. That one really got me coz i was so not expecting it...