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Dead Space 3 Co-op & Scariness

One of the reasons for adding co-op to the Dead Space series in Dead Space 3 is how "scary" the first two games are, EA tells MCV, though they are carefully parsing their language about this in not saying the new game will be any less scary than its forebears. "We were hearing feedback that they love the thriller game, but it was pretty scary, and the obvious next step was that they wanted to play with someone. So we introduced co-op into the game," EA Games’ marketing boss Laura Miele tells them. "The horror of Dead Space is still all there. It’s still true to its roots and no less scary, but people felt far more comfortable playing it with someone else than they did doing it on their own. "

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36. Re: Dead Space 3 Co-op & Scariness Jul 21, 2012, 16:22 Prez
Yeah sorry that isn't how fear works. It's still a video game.

That's the main difference. For whatever reason, certain people can't (or won't) allow themselves to get past the fact that something is not real and thus it can't scare them. It may be a factor of how their brain's are wired, an underdeveloped imagination, a desire to not be scared (not everyone actually likes being scared) or something else completely.

I figured this out sort of by accident. I have always had sort of a fear of the ocean, which people find pretty hysterical when they find out I did 9 years in the U.S. Navy. More specifically, I have a distinct unease about being stranded out in it, and generally speaking it's a fear of utter isolation and abandonment. I went submarines, since any catastrophe would almost certainly mean instant death given the awesome pressures present when submerged. I mention this because someone once asked me what the scariest movie I ever saw and was surprised when I said "Open Water" When I watch a horror movie I put myself in the protagonist's place, and the whole premise of that particular movie was, frankly, terrifying to me. I was very surprised to find out many people do not (or cannot) do this. When I was a believer "The Omen" and "The Excorcist" are what made me sleep with the lights on because I believed that stuff could actually happen and I would run the scenarios personalized for myself in my head.

Anyway, a show I watched recently on how the brain works (can't for the life of me remember the name of it) sort of backed up my theory somewhat. Amnesia scared the crap out of me because I forced myself to forget I was playing a videogame in the safety of my house in a quiet suburb. I can almost wish I hadn't too. What a creepy and unsettling game.
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