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Being Halloween.. what is the first video game to really make you jump?
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slaapliedje 13 Oct, 2017
For me it was Rescue on Fractulus (AKA Rescue Mission, AKA Behind Jagged Lines). For those individuals who have never heard of this brilliant game, I played it on the Atari 8bit computer, and you shoot out of a space station and clear the skies above the planet, killing aliens and then you land and fetch crashed pilots. This was an early first person shooter with fractally generated landscapes (hence the name of Fractulus). The first few levels were straight forward, you land close enough to the crashed ship, turn off your engines and the pilot will run out to you and knock on the door. You open the hatch, let him in and then back to the base.

As it gets harder you may notice the pilot has a green helmet. These are enemy aliens, you turn the engines on when they get close and it vaporizes them!

But further along, they get tricky withthe white helmets... and if you let them get close enough they pop up on your screen and alarms go off scaring the crap out of you.

The first time this happened to me was when I was playing with my brother and we literally fell backward out of our chairs and of course died in the game.
Liam Dawe 13 Oct, 2017
Blimey that's a tough one, tough because I've been playing games since the Sega Master System (which was release in the late 80s), just before I was born in fact so my earlier memories are a little hazy.

Honestly though, it's quite possible the first game to truly make me jump was Alien Trilogy for the Sega Saturn. I saw some of the Alien films when I was young (far too young in hindsight), so the atmosphere of it utterly fucking terrified me.
denyasis 13 Oct, 2017
Dark Forces.The Sewage plant level. As young person, the swamp monster got me every time. Several years later... System Shock 2. The mutants were terrifying.
tuubi 14 Oct, 2017
Don't remember any early scary moments in-game, but my first game-related trauma is from when my big brother had recorded a W.A.S.P. bootleg over my then favourite C-64 game cassette and it wouldn't load. :(

Oh right, Elvira on the Amiga had some scary scenes for a kid, but they were mostly just gory.
ertuqueque 14 Oct, 2017
Well, I remember being a kid in the '90s (11, maybe) and being super scared and jumpy with the "frankenstein" enemies in Wolfenstain 3D... But recently, wihout any doubt, playing "Amnesia: The dark descent"... To the point that I haven't even played it for more than 1h. I stopped playing it until I upgrade my PC and create a proper "Youtube channel" so I can at least record myself playing and talking about it, just to trick myself into feeling that I have company. Otherwise, I don't think I have the guts to finish it on my own.
slaapliedje 14 Oct, 2017
Ha, I still haven't finished Penumbra, due to it giving me serious anxiety attacks. I should try Alien Isolation in VR.
razing32 15 Oct, 2017
Quoting: slaapliedjeHa, I still haven't finished Penumbra, due to it giving me serious anxiety attacks. I should try Alien Isolation in VR.

You may want standing by with adrenaline and shock pedals :P
slaapliedje 15 Oct, 2017
Quoting: razing32
Quoting: slaapliedjeHa, I still haven't finished Penumbra, due to it giving me serious anxiety attacks. I should try Alien Isolation in VR.

You may want standing by with adrenaline and shock pedals :P

Don't forget the spare clean underwear.
tuubi 15 Oct, 2017
Quoting: slaapliedje
Quoting: razing32
Quoting: slaapliedjeHa, I still haven't finished Penumbra, due to it giving me serious anxiety attacks. I should try Alien Isolation in VR.

You may want standing by with adrenaline and shock pedals :P

Don't forget the spare clean underwear.
Just wear brown pants. Or no pants and play on the toilet.
slaapliedje 15 Oct, 2017
New thing, Viving on the Shitter!
Arcadius-8606 19 Oct, 2017
Beast Busters - Arcade and Amiga - Late 80's - Was up super late one night playing this with my sister watching when a moth flew into my room and scared the fuck out of us right when we were on the elevator portion of the game.
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