On Creepy Moments in Video Games

On Creepy Moments in Video Games

Happy almost Halloween, everyone! The upcoming holiday has prompted us to think of the more creepier moments we’ve seen in some of our favorite video games. Rachel and I aren’t the types to play downright horror games — we’re too wimpy for that — but there have definitely been moments in our games that make us jump and cringe.

For example, Twilight Princess. That game has an awesome story, but it’s pretty dark given its main antagonist, Zant. Strange things happen, especially in the Twilight Realm and there were some creepy flashbacks. Like when Ilia no longer had pupils in her eyes or when the female Yeti went evil.

Pretty sure the scene that made us yell the most in Twilight Princess was when I was trying to use the Sol orbs in the Twilight Realm. The dismembered hand that held onto the Sol orbs and tried to take them back through the walls stressed us out so much! Especially Rachel, considering she jumped out of her seat a couple of times!

The music was creepy, okay? It was pretty suspenseful and got louder as the hand got closer. Plus, the hand itself was gross looking. Even the people in the Twilight Realm were creepy. I know they were changed by Zant, but they always howled like ghosts when you got near them. Um, no thank you…

It was great, especially since it was me playing rather than Rachel, haha! Although, she was a bit of a backseat-player at those points… I think my creepiest video game memory was — spoiler alert — Dahlia’s reveal at the end of Phoenix Wright Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations. For a game series that deals a lot with spirits and ghosts, Dahlia took the cake with her seeking revenge from beyond the grave!

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Oh, that was awful! We got way too into that series (definitely not a bad thing) and we decided to stay up late and finish the final case of the final game in the main trilogy. Of course, we didn’t realize how creepy it would get. It was nearing midnight when Dahlia was revealed and we were pretty spooked.

At that point, we didn’t know it was the third game of a trilogy. We found and played that game first, haha! It’s a wonder Dahlia didn’t scare us off from the rest of the games! It was definitely satisfying to defeat her for good, though. One last moment that pops into my mind has to do with our above graphic. Luigi’s Mansion wasn’t scary at all, but there was a point up in the attic where the lightning flashes and the shadow on the wall makes it look as if Luigi was hung. It’s a debunked rumor, but the image was still a bit shocking nonetheless.

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Oh, that’s right! I totally forgot we played the games out of order… But yes, I agree. That part in Luigi’s Mansion freaks me out every time, only because it’s such a freaky thought. And I’m sure there are plenty of other creepy moments in games that we’ve forgotten about. We’ll just have to make a list for next Halloween!

What are some creepy moments in games that have spooked you?


How Ace Attorney Influenced Me

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey everyone!

Today I thought I would give you a little background not just on my love of video games, but how a certain video games series influenced me in real life.


When I was young I always wanted to be a spy or detective. I had a ton of spy gear and police-type toys such as glasses that I could see out the back of my head, invisible ink pens, walkie-talkies, spy books, and anything else you can imagine.

I don’t really know where that love came from. It might have been the Hank the Cowdog book series I used to read.

Yet, I never did become a detective. As I got older I realized that would be kind of scary. I chased after a couple of other dreams such as teaching, writing, and blogging.

I always played video games since before I could remember. Kris had always played them so I grew up watching her play them and then soon began to play them myself.

A couple years ago, Kris and I discovered Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney one night on our Wii’s virtual console. We had just gotten the Wii and were looking for games to download. We thought it was so cool we could download old school games onto a modern console!

We had never heard of Ace Attorney before. We read the description and when we realized it was detective-like game, we thought we would give it a shot. Who doesn’t like a good mystery to solve?

We fell head over heels for the entire Ace Attorney series. We not only fell in love with the mysteries and game play, but the characters themselves. As a writer myself, I really admired the writers for this video game series.

So much so that I ended up creating my own mystery novel series. The first book is in the editing stages that I hope to start querying by the end of 2016.

I’ve been writing stories and books since I was 10-years-old. I never saw myself writing a mystery novel, let alone ideas for an entire mystery series.

But I guess that’s the impact certain video games can have on you.

What video game has inspired you?

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Review

Title: Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney
Company: Capcom
Console: Nintendo DS, Virtual Console
How we got the game: We bought it on the Virtual Console.

Our Review:

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney was a series that we totally bought on a whim. A few years ago, we had a bit of extra money on our Wii’s Virtual Console account and bought Ace Attorney: Trials and Tribulations, the third installment (not that we knew it at the time) of the original Ace Attorney series. We were utterly hooked with the entire series and eagerly sought out the rest of the games.

To be honest though, the cases of the third game was what hooked us in the beginning. If you’ve played the series then you know the last case was mind-blowing. It was the one with Dahlia… Yeah, her.
The cases were so in depth, challenging at times, and interactive to play. Who doesn’t want that in a mystery game?

Dear Lord, that woman scared the crap out of us by the end of the game! It was fantastic! Besides the intricate cases, the characters themselves were my favorite part of the game. Apparently the director of the game, Shu Takumi, created the characters after the stories and episodes of the game, developing the characters and dialogue as he went along. The majority of my stories start with characters, not the story itself, so that was a really interesting tidbit to me.

And we finished the game late at night too… Have the lights on, people!
I absolutely love each and every character! They’re all special and unique in their own way. Even though some of them are considered “rivals” they’re all still one, big happy family.

The characters definitely make the game, even the characters that are only there for one episode or story. Each one leaves a mark, and generally leaves you laughing. Besides the characters, the exploration itself was tons of fun. Going from place to place, clicking on whatever you thought might have something to do with the case, gathering clues and connecting the dots on your own to solve the cases.

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It’s fun to feel as though you’re a real detective! Even though you’re playing a defense attorney. The game doesn’t exactly follow real life laws and such either. There are supernatural elements to the game and with some of the characters being goofy and having odd personalities, it definitely makes the mystery game much more cozy.

Yes, I love the fantasy element the game has. A defense attorney and spirit medium definitely aren’t the type of duo that you hear about every day! Even the antagonists and rivals are fun — we definitely fangirled over Miles Edgeworth plenty of times. The only real con to the game, I feel, is that there isn’t that same suspenseful feeling after you beat it the first time. We revisit the game for the characters, the setting, the writing, but already knowing the outcome of the mysteries puts a damper on its replay value.

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Yes, that’s true. Though it can still be enjoyable to play because even though we know the answer, we don’t necessarily remember how to get there. It’s still fun to go back to for something light-hearted, interactive, and witty!

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney gets…
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