Titles like Alone in the Dark and Resident Evil birthed the survival horror genre more than a decade ago. Since then, horror-themed games have seen little in the way of evolution.
Though it pushed the genre forward with its effective use of psychological terror, Konami's Silent Hill series nevertheless features much of the same combat-oriented gameplay as the Resident Evil series. Resident Evil itself, meanwhile, has continued to stray further from its horror-based origins, with some criticizing the latest entry, Resident Evil 5, as being more of a shooter than a survival horror game.
GameCareerGuide challenged its readers to come up with a game design concept that explored horror in a fresh way. Though the proposed game could feature many of the same elements that made the genre successful, entrants were encouraged to avoid the more cliched concepts.