Shinji Mikami Says People Have Become Harder To Scare, Must Take Horror To A New Level

Written by Jon Sutton on Sat, Dec 7, 2013 11:00 AM
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Horror maestro and Resident Evil mastermind Shinji Mikami has admitted that gamers are becoming harder and harder to scare, as he seeks to reacquaint gamers with the ancient art of pant-soiling in his latest creation, The Evil Within.

The mental-asylum based, chainsaw-wielding, lunatic featuring horror game certainly looks it could give gamers many a sleepless night but Shikami is insistent that people today have become too used to classic horror tricks and cliches…

Speaking in an interview with Edge magazine, Mikami said “not much has changed when it comes to instilling terror in the player. But people have got used to the tropes of horror and they know what’s coming next, so in that sense it is harder to make them afraid.

It would be fair to say that since its late nineties heyday the horror genre saw something of a slump. After the enormous success of franchises such as Resident Evil, Silent Hill and Dino Crisis, the success of the seminal masterpiece that was Resident Evil 4 surely marked the genres downfall.

In Resident Evil 4 Mikami had crafted a fantastic game that set the template for many games to come, urging developers down the ill-fated action-horror route which led us to such ill-fated titles as Dead Space 3 and Resident Evil 6.

It seems Mikami wants to get back to the roots of the survival horror genre, with limited ammo, nigh-on unbeatable enemies, claustrophobic encounters and an overwhelming sense of dread that will make it a struggle to continue. It sounds like the absolute opposite of enjoyment, which is what every great horror game should surely make you feel from time to time, through good game design of course, not by doing an Ashes 2013 on you.

We’ve had a resurgence of great horror as of late, with the Amnesia titles and Outlast providing some terrifying old-school scares.

Has the time come for the return of classic survival horror?

Do you still find games scary anymore or is Shikami right?

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10:15 Feb-01-2014

its looking great horror game, i'm very afraid bcz of resident evil series they ruined the platform.. i hope Evil returns make me happy.. i played Biohazard 6 but nothing special.... but i always love to play resident evil 4,

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00:39 Dec-09-2013

They need to make you feel more powerless when it comes to resident evil games. Bring back the limited ammo the crazy ass puzzle solving. And pleaseee no more crazy mutated zombies who can use ****ing guns.

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06:19 Dec-09-2013

I would disagree with you on the zombies with guns part... While playing Halo, nothing scares me more than a Flood combat form with a Spanker or Fuel Rod cannon...

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12:54 Dec-08-2013

i don't think people have become THAT much harder to scare, it's just that almost all horror games use the same tactic/ways to scare them, so they expect it. We need new ways of scaring, including BETTER OVERAL FEELING of gameplay. This means the theme, the music, even the fonts of letters matter!

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00:50 Dec-08-2013

Only games that actually scared me were outlast and slender:the arrival.

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22:15 Dec-07-2013

Finally someone who figured this out! I can't wait to **** my pants xD

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07:18 Dec-08-2013

ROFL :D

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18:52 Dec-07-2013

I've never played any scary game but i am playing outlast. And I am screaming sometime

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18:22 Dec-07-2013

put imatqpai (professional league of legends player) face in some game and it will be really scary

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18:42 Dec-07-2013

you mean this motherf*cker?

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18:55 Dec-07-2013

Cool dude...and even cooler paint-skilzzz.

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17:47 Dec-07-2013

I await to see how you plan on scaring me my good fellow... And scaring me, no mean task it is...

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17:32 Dec-07-2013

I always compare everything to what else than powerlifting. Like good training routine it start to lose its effectiveness when its grinded time after time. Chancing routine will make miracles and same aplies to horror entertaiment. We need chances to our recipes in 80s people were easy to scare and since then we need more "advanced" ways to scare time after time but like training some day you reach your maximum potential does this also apply ?

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17:29 Dec-07-2013

the only game that was scary to me in a while is outlast definitely the best horror game to me

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15:59 Dec-07-2013

I dont find anything scary now days all the latest horror films are a joke outlast wasn't scary at all neither was machine for pigs
its like no one can make a decent horror film or a decent horror game
maybe i have just been desensitised to much xD

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16:07 Dec-07-2013

I found outlast scary, horror movies are just a good pastime. I'm not sure, but wasn't machine for pigs made by someone else (not the dark descent devs). Horror is a subjective thing, you're either scared by it, or you're not. My emotions can be easily brought out by media.

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16:09 Dec-07-2013

sadly machine for pigs wasn't made by the original devs probably would of been 100% better if it was

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15:48 Dec-07-2013

Not scary enough? use it with the occulus rift.

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15:17 Dec-07-2013

I just hope he balances the scariness of the game, or people will be too scared to play it, thus resulting in low sales :/

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15:06 Dec-07-2013

back then i was scared of the game half life 1

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15:45 Dec-07-2013

hahaha, me too..

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14:20 Dec-07-2013

No, it's not just that. People also have to use some more imagination and dive into the game deeper. People must emphatize more with them, and i promise you...It will scare you then. If you constantly crack jokes and have a different mind set while playing they won't scare you...It depends very much of how the player plays it. If a game doesn't scare you, make it scare you.

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07:16 Dec-08-2013

+1 For you my friend! :)

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13:40 Dec-07-2013

Slendy man

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13:33 Dec-07-2013

The most scariest game that i played was Amnesia the dark descent! I still remembered When i played it for the very first time! Every one was sleeping and the time was about 2:30 AM

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13:03 Dec-07-2013

If you want to get scared, smoke weed and then play a horror game.

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13:28 Dec-07-2013

That make sense :D

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14:31 Dec-07-2013

You mean not scary at all...LOL.

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15:47 Dec-07-2013

Yeah! xD

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12:20 Dec-07-2013

when i was 13 years old i played my first horror game cold fear and let me tell u i was scared to death but now its really hard to scare me >:)

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12:28 Dec-07-2013

The problem I have is that it's almost impossible to surprise me any-more with horror games or films, if someone is about to jump out at me in a game, then I can even just pinpoint exactly where they are about to come from. We need new ways to scare people other than jump scares.

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12:33 Dec-07-2013

after playing dead space one i got used to jump scares and yes horror genre is losing its audience whether its movies or games btw i am a huge fan of horror .

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12:16 Dec-07-2013

Hahah Dino Crisis, that brings back a lot of memories of me watching my dad playing that when I was a small kid, I wonder if I still have that for my old playstation...

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