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IGN: Fear 101: A Guide to Survival Horror

Not wanting to fall into laboured metaphor too early on, the horror genre is the reanimated corpse of the videogames industry. Not twelve months ago, years of increasingly stagnant gaming conventions had reduced enthusiasm for traditional survival horror to practically zero. With genre kings Capcom completely revitalizing its Resident Evil series with RE4, it seemed gamers had seen the last of wonky camera angles, super-restrictive gameplay mechanics and, sadly, one of the purest game forms out there.

Quite unexpectedly though, horror in games is seeing a massive resurgence; upcoming traditional offerings include Sony's Siren: Blood Curse on PS3, Silent Hill Homecoming and Atari's third attempt at reinvigorating its Alone in the Dark franchise. Meanwhile, developers continue to adapt established western genres to deliver their own take on the horror game - witness EA's Dead Space and Monolith's Project Origin, for instance. To celebrate this revival of fear, IGN take a tentative, if far from exhaustive, peek at horror's frightfully illustrious gaming past.

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