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Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 Trailer Analysis

Posted in Children, Haunted, Memes, Uncategorized, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

I’m really starting to wonder if Scott Cawthon ever sleeps. I just talked about this game last week and here we are at it again. The original game was released in July, the second came in November, and now we have a trailer for the third! Seriously, this guy must program like a machine.

Thankfully, this new trailer does have some intriguing hints at what is to come. I especially find the text the most pertinent part.

He will come back
He always does
We have a place for him

I believe that these are the words of the animations themselves as an image of Bonnie, Freddy, and Chica are followed by the final line; not to mention that ‘we’ likely refers to the trio. They expect the child murder mentioned in the previous games to return to them, possibly to commit similar crimes. However, they are now prepared to take their revenge when he comes. Just what that would be or how that would apply to the new game protagonist still remains unclear. The next protagonist could be the murderer himself, but it’s also just as possible a new character could be introduced.

There are also several visual details to take note. This time the condition of the diner is decrepit, with peeling paint and what looks to be old wires hanging from the ceiling. It’s for this reason that I think the next game will be set much later than the previous games. The location looks a lot like the one from FNAF 1, but it could also take place in the original Fazbear Diner.

For this reason I wonder about the next game’s protagonist. Perhaps they will be a security guard of a different sort. Instead of the nighttime security of a seemingly friendly family restaurant, he or she will be looking after what’s essentially an abandoned building. Perhaps to protect it from squatters or find out what could be behind any possible disturbances.

Alongside the classic animatronics is a whole new beast that gives an updated meaning to the term nightmare fuel. This animatronic rabbit is in some ways similar to Bonnie, but has a sickly yellow color and is horribly beat up and scarred. I could be wrong, this could be an aged version of a Golden Bonnie, but my instincts tell me otherwise.

I’ve also heard of speculation that the place is now a horror attraction inspired by the restaurant’s history. I’m not sure if there’s any concrete evidence behind that theory though.

Only time will tell for sure. Considering Cawthon it won’t take too long!

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Five Nights at Freddy’s 3 Speculation

Posted in Children, Haunted, Memes, Uncategorized, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

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Wow, this Scott Cawthon guy is really churning these games out isn’t he? I have to admit I’m quite impressed! I hope he isn’t working himself to death…

So I’m sure the entire internet is wracking its brain trying to figure out what FNAF 3 will have in store. Will it be another prequel like FNAF 2 was? And yes, there are quite a few people out there who believe FNAF 2 is in fact a prequel. Frankly I have to agree with them.

Scott’s image suggests that this new game may take place sometime after FNAF 2, as parts from the ‘toy’ characters and balloon boy are shown. However, the games have only hinted at three different locations, which would suggest that part 3’s location is going to the first Fazbear restaurant, as the other two have already been featured.

While the first FNAF was a great way to establish the initial tale, the second game takes the mystery much further by going back to the murders of the five children and the Bite of ’87. There is also the inclusion of the death mini-games, which tell the story in the perspective of the animatronics. Going further back to the first restaurant would be a natural progression of the story. It definitely would be an unique way to tell it if Scott chooses to continue this way; slowly going further and further back until the true origins of the horrifying anamatronics are revealed to us, probably learning tons of little secrets along the way.

So far things are definitely up in the air for what we can expect from FNAF 3, but judging from the last two I think we can all be assured that the experience will be quite enjoyable. One thing is certain though: we’re all going to be fucking terrified!

 

 

I would also like to note that I only have the first FNAF as of this post. I’m terrible at it, so I haven’t finished playing yet. I may post about my play-through or I may not, I’m not sure. If you do want me to write about it all you need to do is ask.

Neverending Nightmares

Posted in Insanity, Review, Uncategorized, Videogames with tags , , , , , , on January 6, 2015 by Stephanie Selby

NeverendingNightmaresSorry for the blank post earlier! I try to schedule different posts in advance to plan out what I’m going to write as well as motivate me, but this time it seems to have backfired. Let’s put all that nonsense aside and talk about a creepy videogame shall we? No I’m not trying to totally distract you from my inept management of my blog! Can we just move on? …Pretty please?

I must admit this little review has been a long time coming. I played Neverending Nightmares back in October, but life and other interests have put this on the back burner until now.

I was really excited to play this when I first heard about it. I love to try a lot of weird, offbeat games. Some of you may recall my post about Sanitarium, an old adventure game that’s near and dear to my heart. Another good example would be Tale of Tales’ The Path, which I may write about in the future.

As for Neverending Nightmares, you take on the role of Thomas, a young man lost in a disturbing dream world that he’s unable to wake from. Whether he’s successful or lost forever is up to interpretation.

The art style is an illustrated white and black world with little additional colors for important additions. Red is the most prominent to highlight the gore of course. It’s rather impressive and refreshing, offering a bleak setting to build atmosphere.

Enemies are pretty freaky too, from monster baby dolls, insane inmates, and even a murderous doppleganger that managed to freak me out. While gameplay is cut down to the basics and Thomas generally has to side scroll through the environment, there are moments where one has to use different tactics to get past enemies.

This is a very slow-paced game as Thomas is a slow walker, can barely run, and different setting can last for a little too long. I know I say this a lot, but you’re going to need your patience when playing this. If you’re not the type, then you’re better off skipping this one.

While that’s only a minor nitpick, there are major aspects that bother me a lot more. The whole endeavor seems somewhat aimless. I understand that these are how dreams are often experienced and they can be unclear and confusing for us, but that leaves the game with a very unsubstantial plot. That may have been okay for some if the game play was more engaging, but with neither it just becomes a series of scary scenarios with little context.

I’ll give you an example. The second most prominent character is Gabrielle. Most of the game she’s established as Thomas’ sister, but a long different branches of the narrative (there are different endings) she’s also his therapist, daughter, or wife. I understand that she’s an important person to Thomas, but how can anyone gain insight from this information alone?

My point is that it’s these shifting narratives that make any kind of speculation about what is really going on with Thomas or why it may be happening. In fact as someone who over analyzes just about everything, I’m left just scratching my head. There’s almost nothing to base a solid theory here.

With no story or real challenge to the game there’s little reward for going through this experience.

The bottom line here is while the atmosphere and art are skillfully terrifying, there is no concrete story or gameplay for gamers to sink their teeth into. It’s a slow, spooky experience that won’t last long on one’s mind. I’d recommend checking it out if you’re like me and love trying experimental games, but wait to get this thing on a Steam sale or something.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2: The Horror Continues

Posted in Animals, Children, Haunted, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 18, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
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Out with the old, in with the new!

So you probably have already heard that a new Five Nights at Freddy’s game was released last Tuesday. I’m sure the internet has gone insane for it over the week. As for me, I was so happy to hear that this game was getting a sequel, especially so soon after the original. To tell you the truth, I was really surprised that the full version came out just after the release of the demo.

I’ve also written about the first game. You can read that post here.

In this particular installment many things are changing for Freddy and friends. It’s a new and improved Freddy’s Fazbear’s Pizza! A bigger location, and brand new robots to entertain children and adults alike. The future seems bright for the pizzeria and all who attend there.

However, we all know there is more to this family restaurant than meets the eye. Again, you take the role of a new night guard at the location and must protect yourself from the murderous tendencies of familiar foes and their new cohorts. Some new additions include a murderous puppet at the prize corner and a balloon boy that gets in the way.

Those interested in FNAF lore will be pleased to hear that the game expands on the tale, though not in the way one would expect. I’m not going to spoil it here for the uninitiated, but I plan on discussing it more in a different post. I will say these developments are both intriguing and imaginative. I really have to hand it to the developer!

You may be wondering about my own experience playing the game. I wish I could share more about that but sadly I cannot yet. Don’t worry! I did get the first game a while ago. I’ve just been busy with my new job and haven’t had the chance to finish it, but I will! I definitely plan on getting the second one as well. Perhaps I’ll take my experiences from both games and write about them here.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 is available on Steam. I know I’m getting it, how about you?

Have a great week guys, and remember to stay scared!

 

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepy, Insanity, Uncategorized, Videogames, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

As we get closer to that wonderful day of Halloween, the excitement in the air is almost tangible! Anyone got big plans for it? I’m curious if any readers here do something out of the ordinary. Normally I enjoy a fairly quiet evening of candy and movies, then perform a Samhain ritual to honor the dead.

Sorry for the lack of Jeff updates recently, but to make up for it I’ll make the next extra long.

Anyway, this week’s video is a look into a funny character. Perhaps a little too funny… Enjoy!

Five Nights at Freddy’s

Posted in Animals, Children, Ghosts, Memes, Videogames with tags , , , , , , , on August 26, 2014 by Stephanie Selby
Don't take your kids here.

Don’t take your kids here.

So it seems that another indie game on Steam is going viral, and deservedly so! It takes our fears of creepy dolls and robots takes it to a new level. Made by Scott Games, this title feels like Slender: The Eight Pages on serious steroids.

Unfortunately I haven’t played this title yet, but I plan to do so soon! I’ve only seen gameplay through YouTube. Right now I’m recovering from surgery and I don’t want to put myself under any more stress than necessary. Scaring myself while on heavy painkillers probably isn’t a great idea. Perhaps I’ll write about my experiences with the game in the near future.

So here’s the gist: You are Mike Schmidt, the new night watchman at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza: a Chuck-e-Cheese style restaurant with cutesy animatronic entertainers – Freddy and his friends. You’re supposed to just sit in your office and keep an eye on the security cameras. The previous watchman leaves advice on how to get through the night and assures you everything will be alright. If only it was.

Something is terribly wrong with Freddy and the other robots. They wander the halls all night; always moving when you’re focused on another camera. Slowly making their way towards your little office. The Phone Guy explains if they find you, they’ll mistake you for a robotic exoskeleton, and stuff you into a spare bear suit full of animatronic gear, which would crush you to death.

In order to survive the night you must remain watchful of these robots, shutting the doors to the office when they get too close. Why not just shut the doors indefinitely, you ask? Well, the office doors, cameras, and lights all run on a limited amount of power. Apparently management is incredibly cheap these days, so if you use up the allotted amount everything shuts down and you’re left a sitting duck.

But there’s more to this story than a bunch of confused, murderous robots. The restaurant has a terrible past as well. Keen and persistent players will find old news clippings about a series of murdered children whose bodies were never found, reprimands for the ‘unsanitary’ conditions of the robotic characters, and the restaurant’s reputation fatally wounded. There’s really more of a supernatural issue here than one may realize.

While the established lore is a great story by itself, I’m still left wondering about Schmidt’s character. What kind of person would spend -not one, not two- but five nights risking their life, under threat of a horrible death by robotic children’s characters, all for $120? Is he that desperate for cash? Is he completely insane? Or perhaps there’s some other kind of explanation? If there’s going to be a sequel, I hope they expand on the protagonist’s motives.

Five Nights at Freddy’s is available on Steam for a reasonable price. I know I’ll be checking it out soon! How about you?

Weird Video of the Week

Posted in Creepy, Death, Horror, Music, Videogames, Weird Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on April 18, 2014 by Stephanie Selby

Well, I’m not dead yet folks!

I’m getting back to being a productive individual after a short, rough patch in life.

But enough about me; today I’m sharing with you all a playthrough of a game called The Graveyard. Basically, you’re a little, old lady walking through (of course!) a graveyard. Your character sits at a bench and contemplates death through song, and then leaves. That’s pretty much it, except that she could collapse and die at any point.

I particularly like the song in this; very spooky and poetic. Enjoy!