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The Importance of Jump Scares

Today on COG Considers, we talk about one of the worst things a horror game can throw at you--and why jump scares can sometimes be good.

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Sonic-and-Crash48d ago (Edited 48d ago )

without atmosphere and proper immersion ...jumpscares are meaningless ...and as you included RE, SH etc ...these games originally cared to create the proper environment for atmosphere ....(like movies did that time see Predator 1/Alien 1 movie

the nowdays sequels go for only for cheap tactics that are only for laughs . not immesive at all...wihtout any knowledge of how to make good horror gameplay

KDblack48d ago

You're absolutely correct. The point of this article is that atmosphere and proper immersion can make jump scares good, because we've spent so much time with lazy jump scares that we're in danger of forgetting how effective they can be.

Fingers crossed the new RE games remember how to actually scare players.

on_line_forever47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

👍 Agreed atmosphere is the important thing to me in these games

- resident evil 1 , 2 , 3 , cod veronica
- silent Hill 1 , 2 , 3 ,
- parasite eve 1 & 2
- fatal frame
- Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare
- dead space 1
- countdown vampire
- dino crisis 1

👆 all these games has great atmosphere when I play them in the past

Sidewinder-47d ago

Man, that window in Dino Crisis. My younger brother was watching me play at the time. We both near shit ourselves.

giveyerheadawobble47d ago

This is true. A kid popping a balloon behind your back qualifies as a jump scare when there's fuck all scary about it. It's just a loud noise that startles you. Pity that that is what seems to qualify for horror these days.

slayernz47d ago

until dawn did jump scares really well - especially when you could record it and go back and watch your reaction....had one of my boys watching it while i played a bit and some of our reactions were priceless, still go back and watch them every now and then for a bit of a laugh

Furesis47d ago

I don't like jump scare personally, i just can't handle them. But i do love creepy and eerie atmosphere like silent hill etc.
I do feel these days a lot of horror games are just series of jump scares. If anyone knows any current games with silent hill/early RE game vibes give me recommendations!

Duke1947d ago (Edited 47d ago )

I’m fine with jump scares done right for my standard gaming setup. I also know for a fact that jump scares are one of the main reasons I have 0 interest in VR gaming tho lol

giveyerheadawobble47d ago

You think VR is just jump scares? You mean you've no interest in horrors in VR because they'd be too effective? And you'd be correct. VR sort of has the same effect on horror as what it does on, well, everything else. It makes the flat version seem dated.

Duke1947d ago

My comment was mostly in jest, but yes I meant “I can handle horror not in VR, but there is 0 chance I would be able to play or enjoy horror in VR haha. Way too much for me personally”

Germaximus47d ago (Edited 47d ago )

Jump scares are stupid useless things you get from Five Nights at Freddy's. Resident Evil's scares were because of good writing and directing.

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