"pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune"
The Germans always have been good at coming up with woefully appropriate words to depict situations we English speakers can only describe in eight-word-phrases. That doesn't mean, however, that we're no less capable of feeling it. There's just something so, so satisfying in feeding off the misery of others... in completely non-life-threatening, non-life-ruining ways, of course! Of course...
The season of scary games is almost upon us, which means it's time to turn the lights off, crank up the volume on your computer, and... watch hapless punks scare themselves silly on YouTube! What, you expected me to suggest actually playing said scary games? Come now—I'm a Schattenparker.
To get ourselves warmed up for this year's horror fest, let's refresh our minds and bodies with a sampling of the best jump scare reactions from years past.
1. Slender-Me, Slender-You
Slenderman is the go-to horror game for many a scare-seeker. What began as an Internet meme in 2009 has spawned games, mods, and stories galore (and even regretfully led to the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl in 2014). While countless reaction videos can be found online, undoubtedly the most entertaining comes from YouTube user POiiSED. Watch the full video below... but keep your volume low.
2. House, M.D.
The House 2 is a point-and-click flash game released in 2010 by Sinthai Studios. I generally follow the PCPR when I play point-and-click horror games (point, click, pee, repeat), but I might be able to skip the pee step if I had a fellow compatriot to grab onto. Alas, I am doomed to solo horror play, which could explain why I have to do laundry every couple of days. Save yourself the detergent and simply watch the full video below.
3. Another Five Nights
No list would be complete without something from the Five Nights at Freddy's series. Likewise, no list would be complete without something from Markiplier. I've decided to kill two birds with one stone. I may be biased, but Markiplier will always be my favorite YouTube personality, and his play-through of Five Nights at Freddy's 3 has me pissing my pants as much as a point-and-click horror game. There were countless moments I could have gif'd from this video, so I can only suggest you watch the full thing. His one-sided dialogues with Springtrap alone are worth the watch.
4. Witchy Woman
Not all horror games come in 3D! The Witch's House is a pixelated house of horrors that'll terrify more than you thought a 2D sprite of a teddy bear ever could. Created by independent Japanese developer "Fummy" using the RPG Maker VX software, it's amassed a global audience of horror, anime, and RPG fans alike. The creator's even gone on to publish a novella based on the game explaining the lore behind one of its major protagonists. Toby Games' Let's Play of the game was the first I watched and remains one of my favorites to this day. So many different emotions in a single gif...
5. That's Not Traditional Fire
My last selection is quite possibly my favorite reaction video of all time, which is saying something as there isn't even a camera—it's all audio. Fortunately for us, this detracts absolutely nothing from the experience. The game, I'm sure, is recognizable enough (Amnesia: The Dark Descent has more Let's Plays than just about any other horror game), and you might ask what about this video makes it so remarkable—after all, there's plenty of other reaction videos of this game that have a camera. To be honest, I'm not even sure myself. It could be the guy's voice, his remarkably sincere over-dramatization, or even the sheer number of quotable lines that keeps me watching this again and again, but every single time, it has me rolling.
Considering how many horror game Let's Plays there are flying around out there, this is only the icing on the cake when it comes to spook-filled romps (or entertaining personalities), and with Halloween right around the corner, there will be more to come soon... (we're looking at you, Sister Location!).
Have any favorite reaction vids of your own? Let us know in the comments!
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