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The death and resurrection of survival horror

Examiner: While creepy films and literature have always been popular, horror video games have seen small, though dedicated fanbases. The name 'survival horror' was first coined by the Resident Evil series, released by Capcom in 1996, though the developer's NES title, Sweet Home, is often credited as being the first in the genre. Other earlier titles, such as Alone in the Dark and Clock Tower, were retroactively categorized as survival horror. The original Resident Evil took inspiration from these games, though mostly from Sweet Home, and offered a more refined horror experience. Enemies were powerful, ammo was limited (though not as scarce as many would claim), and players were given a finite number of saves. Most of these elements would come to define the genre, and would be carried over to franchises such as Parasite Eve and Silent Hill.

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