The Game Design Deep Dive series examines a specific game system or mechanic over the course of the history of the industry. This entry will examine the history and design of the horror genre and elements in video games. The author analyzes early video game examples, including the differences between survival, action-horror, and psychological horror. Thanks to recent hits like Five Night’s at Freddy’s, Bendy and the Ink Machine, and recent Resident Evil titles, the horror genre has seen a strong resurgence. For this book in the Game Design Deep Dive series, Joshua Bycer will go over the evolution of horror in video games and game design, and what it means to create a terrifying and chilling experience.
• Written for anyone interested in the horror genre, anyone who wants to understand game design, or anyone simply curious from a historical standpoint
• Includes real game examples to highlight the discussed topics and mechanics
• Explores the philosophy and aspects of horror that can be applied to any medium
• Serves as a perfect companion for someone building their first game or as part of a game design classroom
Joshua Bycer is a game design critic with more than eight years of experience critically analyzing game design and the industry itself. In that time, through Game-Wisdom, he has interviewed hundreds of game developers and members of the industry about what it means to design video games. He also strives to raise awareness about the importance of studying game design by giving lectures and presentations. His first book was 20 Essential Games to Study. He continues to work on the Game Design Deep Dive series.
Table of Contents
1 The Goal of Game Design Deep Dive: Horror
2 The Pre-survival Horror Period
3 The Rise of Survival Horror
4 Basic Horror Design
5 The Philosophy behind Horror
6 Creating Scary Gameplay
7 The “Death” of Horror
8 The New Horror
9 Complex Horror
10 The Future of Horror
Joshua Bycer is a Game Design Critic with more than seven years of experience critically analyzing game design and the industry itself. In that time, through Game-Wisdom, he has interviewed hundreds of game developers and members of the industry about what it means to design video games. He also strives to raise awareness about the importance of studying game design by giving lectures and presentations; his first book was titled 20 Essential Games to Study.