How I Play Normal Games vs. How I Play Horror Games

How I Play Normal Games vs. How I Play Horror Games

How I Play Normal Games vs. How I Play Horror Games

by Steve Napierski to Images

I saw this image a while ago. Decided to create an updated version of it with a few more paths and the inclusion of the running man shown on exit signs a.k.a. “Exit Man.”

Discussion (7)¬

  1. BigLord
    BigLord says:
    July 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm #

    So much truth. Also, I hate it when an event happens while I’m “exploring” the room, because I think that I’m actually moving the story forward.

    But if it happens in a horror game… NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE

  2. DarkNightRJ
    DarkNightRJ says:
    July 21, 2012 at 12:22 am #

    What if its like a survival horror game? You gotta check every corner because a little bit of ammo could keep you alive for a lot longer.

    • Tetsamaru
      Tetsamaru says:
      July 21, 2012 at 3:08 am #

      True, but the faster you get to the exit, the less monsters you come across too. So I suppose we could argue the risk reward system I guess. If I end up spending like 20 bullets just for my “Reward” to be a 10 bullet clip, then I was better off taking the shortest path to the exit.

      • Raiser
        Raiser says:
        July 25, 2012 at 2:52 am #

        Give me a gun, even with ten measly bullets, and I will examine a whole damn room, regardless of being chased by a dozen Roaches, two chainsaw bosses, and Oroboros Wesker.

        Take away any means of fighting back, and I will get out of there in ten seconds flat without taking more than 20% damage.

        The crux of the matter is (the illusion of) self defense. If I can fight back, I will fight back against all odds. If I have no means to fight back, I have no desire to test how many times I can get stabbed before I croak. Adrenaline and reflexes become my only means of survival.

        Resident Evil? Dead Island? Left 4 Dead? Dead Space? Not scary. I got weapons, besh.

        Amnesia? If I think I see something go lumbering by, I’m going to squat my ass in the corner and bray the whole time that burro boogies to the exit.

        Unless it’s a section I’ve been through. Then the only time I slow down is when the main character, whose name I forget because I haven’t played it in a few months, starts to hyperventilate because OH my GOD a BOX FELL OVER and I think I HEARD the WIND AEUGUGEHH! *flail*

  3. Pocket Lord Sephirjon
    Pocket Lord Sephirjon says:
    July 21, 2012 at 9:53 am #

    “Okay, I turn left to find………….GAH!!!!! THE EXIT!!!!! RUN AWAY!!!!!!!”

  4. The Game Master
    The Game Master says:
    July 21, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Psh, even in a horror game I explore everything. And it doesn’t matter about wasting bullets trying to find them either because I only use the knife! Yeah I see the Game Over Screen a lot.

  5. thewood
    thewood says:
    July 24, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I explore a ton in horror games! Especially Dead Space, since you have the little beacon line that shows you where your objective is, it makes it really easy to go the other way and hunt for goodies! Dead Island you need to search a lot too. I even search a lot in Left 4 Dead 2, even though usually the only payoff is some slightly interesting survivor graffiti on the wall and probably a horde sent your way to speed you along. I just like to explore!