Horror in Entertainment: Film vs. Gaming
Horror: an entertainment option for many people to experience. Horror brings out a lot in people. We see fear, anxiety, sadness, happiness, and much more–horror is one of the more primal forms of entertainment. At its heart, the horror genre is aimed to frighten its audience to the core. We’ve seen a lot more survival and horror games on the rise in the past few years, and many have been done really well. At the same time, though, I’ve personally seen a decline in the quality of horror films. Nothing seems to really scare me anymore.
Being able to experience these events hands-on seems to be the better way to get this “fix.”
In the past few years we have seen some pretty solid horror game releases: The Evil Within, Alien Isolation, Until Dawn, just to name a few. We even saw true, masterfully crafted horror in the form of P.T. before it was removed from the PlayStation store. P.T. was one of the first games to actually make me feel real anxiety. I never once thought horror from a video game could actually make me put the controller down and stop playing.
Now, this brings us to the topic at hand: Resident Evil 7 biohazard. From the outside looking in, this looks like a P.T. clone to a certain degree; but, to my pleasure, I found that they took only the best aspects from P.T. and ran with it. Resident Evil 7 biohazard made me feel fear and anxiety to a level that no movie has ever made me feel. I believe this is due in part to the fact that you are physically controlling the character, and the first person aspect takes it to a whole new level.
Having this new camera mode is almost like the concept of “found footage” in a horror film, only done right. Film allows you to experience different genres and emotions but it never really puts you in the shoes of the main character. You are always on the outside looking in as you watch the scenario unfold. Sure, you can see the different characters get scared and slowly picked off, but you never really experience it. Not one true horror film has made me feel this.
There is a stark difference between the two mediums of entertainment. Video games will slowly take over this genre, and this takeover starts with Resident Evil 7 being completely VR compatible. Being able to experience this in a full 360 degrees of motion puts you in the front seat of terror. Imagine the possibilities now that Resident Evil 7 set a precedent for quality extremely high.
What do you think about the current state of horror in movies and gaming? Which one is on the decline for you? I can tell you now that I’ve never treaded so lightly after dark after playing a game like Resident Evil 7 biohazard. The fear is intoxicating and almost makes any other movie irrelevant to me.
Share your thoughts on this and let’s talk about it! Be sure to check out Resident Evil 7 biohazard as soon as you can (in VR if at all possible)!
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