In some ways, fear is the easiest emotion to create. Novels, comics, radioplays, and films have been doing it for decades, and videogames are no different. While advances in graphics have helped make games gorier, it takes a special touch to make one genuinely scary. Terror, dread, shock, we've all felt these at one time or another with certain games. Some were cheap shots while others genuinely preyed on your fragile psyche in the wee hours of the night.
Here's a list of moments in gaming that scarred the GameSpy editorial team for life, and as an added treat, we'll also be sharing some of our real-life videogame-related nightmare scenarios that actually happened.