Is there anything scarier than a door in a horror game? I submit that there is not.
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The overlap of horror movie lovers and video game lovers is undoubtedly substantial, so it's no surprise that filmmakers have repeatedly tried to appeal to that demographic. The results often range from hilariously wrong to mildly insulting, to the point where you're not sure the creators even know what video games are.
I am scared of many things in video games. Sharks mostly, but there's other stuff. Nothing has ever scared me, though, as much as 1992's Alone in the Dark.
The back page of Alex Hall's economics textbook was filled with scribbles. Diagrams, notes, story beats, a web that formed an outline for his next update. By day, Hall was a student at St. Louis University, but after class he was writing what would become one of the most infamous internet ghost stories: Ben Drowned, a chilling tale of a haunted Zelda cartridge.
The Golden Age of survival horror games began in the mid-'90s and ran for about a decade. Despite their often rudimentary graphics and dodgy gameplay, series such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill explored B-movies and psychological horror in ways previously unfamiliar to gamers. Pick any "all-time best horror games" list, and chances are more than a few titles from this era will be cited. This may have been the Golden Age, but if current titles are any indication, we may be on the brink of another.
Resident Evil is the zombie horror game, but its shambling corpses are slow and easy to avoid. To reinvigorate the series, Resident Evil 3: Nemesis created an unpredictable nightmare man who attacked with terrifying speed. It robbed players of their sense of control, and in doing so created one of gaming's scariest monsters.
From Pac-Man's eternal pursuers all the way up to F.E.A.R.'s terrifying Alma Wade, games have always been full of ghosts, phantasms, phantoms and other assorted ethereal fiends. In celebration of Kotaku Spooky Week, I consulted the Kotaku staff and we put together this definitive ranking of the scariest ghosts ever to materialise into pixels.