Creepypastas: The internet is full of them. You can easily happen upon threads of terrifying tales that'll leave you paranoid and questioning everything around you—trust me, I read a lot of them for this article—but stories like The Russian Sleep Experiment and the tales of The Slender Man are probably the most well recognized.
A great deal of these tales, while freaky in their own right, could easily make the transition to film. But it takes a special kind of horror story to work well in the video game world. Innovative gameplay mechanics need to accompany these horrors, and we believe we've found a few begging for adaptation.
But remember: Creepypastas only work when the reader believes they're real. Suspend your disbelief for just a moment and accept these horrifying tales as truth; they're all the more disturbing for it.
These 5 Creepypastas Need To Be Made Into Horror Games
My Dead Girlfriend Keeps Messaging Me On Facebook
One of the most shared internet horror stories, the tale of Nathan and his deceased girlfriend, Emily, is an eerie one. It describes how Nathan continued to receive messages from Emily months after she had died, all sent via her Facebook account. At the beginning she was re-using words and full messages that she had sent to him in the past, but gradually she began describing how cold and alone she felt. She cried out to her boyfriend for help, continuously upsetting and disturbing him.
This idea could make a really great mobile game. You start off with Emily as your cyber girlfriend. You get to text her all the time and you form a relationship with her as she gets to know things about you by asking questions. You'll be able to select from a few different sentences every time you wish to converse, so that things don't get too complicated, but can still include some personal information. However, once a connection is formed, she eventually passes.
A few days later you start receiving notifications on your phone from her. Her texts become more disturbing and intrusive. She starts manipulating you and attempting to hurt you by talking about secrets you discussed with one another and pulling things from other apps. Imagine receiving constant texts from the game! What do you think? Could be pretty freaky!
The origins of this story describe a rather terrifying figure. Going by the codename "SCP-173", a statue was constructed from concrete to resemble a semi-human figure, for reasons unknown. It's damn tall. However, the statue was placed under "special containment" due to the belief that it was sentient and highly volatile. While different versions of the creature's powers have been described, they are always unleashed in the same fashion.
It never moves, until you look away. Stare at the statue and it remains immobile, but once you turn around it's said to lunge towards you and savagely attack. Other stories claim that it instantly attempts to break its victim's neck.
I think we can see how this could work in a video game.
Imagine having to constantly stare at a horrifying creature while navigating the halls of a place you simply must escape. Keep it in sight as you back away, then quickly run down a corridor as fast as possible, turning around just in time to see that it was mere inches from your neck. No thanks!
Do You Really Want To Check Your Phone?
There are various stories that mention a similar form of horror relating to pictures being taken on people's phones without their knowing. For instance, one tale involves a mother buying a new phone and eventually being terrorized by it.
She has a young son, who is naturally interested in the new tech in the house and asks if he can use it. Obliging, the young boy goes off and plays. After hours pass, the mother goes to ensure the boy is alright. But he's not in his bed.
She begins to panic when suddenly she sees him asleep in her own bed, clutching her phone. Relived, she picks it up and checks that everything is in working order. Only minor changes occurred; a new wallpaper and whatnot. But then she starts to sort through the pictures her son had taken when she notices something beyond disturbing.
Someone had taken a picture of her son while he was asleep.
Other stories give descriptions of this only happening when the owner was also asleep, with the images becoming increasingly violent. So imagine a game where these kind of pictures are being taken at various times throughout the day on your phone. They're becoming horrifically scary and you need to uncover why they're appearing and what is taking them before it's too late!
There are plenty of stories regarding the creature known as The Rake. They even date back to the 1600s. The first instance describes a couple asleep in bed, when the husband is suddenly awoken by his terrified wife's scream. She slaims to have seen something in the room at the foot of the bed. With a brief search unveiling nothing, the couple return to sleep. But a few minutes later, the husband is awoken once more.
At the foot of the bed, a man-like creature is sat with its head turned around staring at him. It quickly lunged across the bed, coming to a stop mere inches from his face. Breathing heavily over the man, it then quickly darts into his child's room. Horrified, the man hurries after the monster, but it's too late. The creature has mutilated his child and vanished.
Now imagine a game similar to The Order: 1886 (but actually good), where you play as a hunter with the power to live for centuries. You've been hunting this horrid creature and learning all that you can about it, bringing you, eventually, to modern day and a climatic finish. You could pour over lore, investigate crime scenes and attempt to capture the creature in different stages throughout history. Where's the kickstarter?!
"I Had A Bad Dream, Daddy"
This story really perturbed me, and it's pretty short. So I'm gonna let you read it for yourselves:
“Daddy, I had a bad dream.” You blink your eyes and pull up on your elbows. Your clock glows red in the darkness—it’s 3:23.
“Do you want to climb into bed and tell me about it?”
The oddness of the situation wakes you up more fully. You can barely make out your daughter’s pale form in the darkness of your room.
“Why not sweetie?”
“Because in my dream, when I told you about the dream, the thing wearing Mommy’s skin sat up.” For a moment, you feel paralyzed; you can’t take your eyes off of your daughter. The covers behind you begin to shift.
Now imagine a horror game where you have to deal with individuals who appear to be your relatives, friends and acquaintances but in some instances are not. Sometimes you'll be able to spot who isn't real, but the creature is becoming increasingly better at disguising itself. This'll lead the protagonist to start killing innocent people and eventually breaking under the strain as they attempt to find what is stalking them. Would you play it?