365 D.o.G.-Day 38: Slender

Written by Viktor Muller on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 1:32 AM
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Our one and only OSUBoarder is still trekking through his days of gaming, faithfully keeping us up to date with his take on the games of the world.

Today, he's braving something new, the true Horror genre. Lets see how he fares after meeting Slenderman...

 

              I finally did it. I kept telling and telling myself that I would get around to it but never had the time or the nerve to do so. I had heard stories and rumors about and even watched it take over people in person but never did I experience it firsthand until now. This was something out of character for me and something that I do not normally do, but I knew it had to be done, for the good of the team if not for anything else. That is why today I played…

Slender (The Eight Pages)

                Ok, a bit over dramatic of an opening, but that’s what you get to do when writing. The reason that this was such a prominent experience for me is that I do not do horror anything. I’ve watched some lower level horror/ thrillers and horror movies from like the 80s and 90s but I usually stay away from horror movies. I have little more tolerance for horror related games but not incredibly so. This game Slender has become such a huge part of popular culture that I just had to get over my distaste and try it out.

Gameplay

                For those of you who have not played the game or heard enough about it to know what goes on, the game centers around people (you) searching the woods for letters left behind by a paranormal entity referred to as the Slenderman. The game is a first horror game that was developed just as a concept game by Parsec Productions on the Unity engine but soon gained widespread fame for being an n inventive title in the genre.

                The game takes place in a dark forest at night and you as the player are equipped only with a flashlight that has a limited battery. If you use the light too much, it will eventually die and leave you stranded in the dark. You also have a limited amount of stamina that can be used for running, etc. The goal as I said is to collect all eight pages from this faceless humanoid without him catching you. As you move through the forest the Slenderman will appear in your line of sight at random and at different distances from you. If you look at him too long or if he appears right next to you then it is game over. That is about the entire extent of the game. The real fun in the game of course is watching other people play it.

                Going into the game I was not really sure what to expect. I had heard from many people, including ones that do not scare easily, that the game was horrifying. After watching some people play it my thought was it cannot be that scary because you know that eventually Slenderman will show up so you can be expecting it. This in mind, I booted up the game and got ready. I was prepared for the whole experience; in my room alone, headphones on, etc. (I did not turns the lights off; I’m not that crazy). The game started off simple enough with me wondering about through the woods looking for these stupid pages. Honestly I was a bit on edge but nothing serious yet. It felt like a long time before I had my first run in with the creature but it still kind of got me. Like I said, I knew he had to show up eventually but I just didn't know when. What actually got me was the combination of suddenly seeing him and the music that is playing. That combination of action and sound is really the beauty of this game and what makes it so entertaining (watching other people play).After that the sightings came quickly and I soon died. I don’t remember how many pages I found but it was not many.

                To test a theory, I played the game again with no sound and it was much more bearable that way. As I had thought, the music was the real scare factor, sort of like Haydn’s 94th ‘Surprise’ Symphony. This seems to be the general consensus with other people that I have talked to about the game as well.  So if you want the full experience crank up that sound but if you feel like chickening out, turning it off makes the game almost a walk in the park.

Final Thoughts

                I enjoyed the experience of the game more than I thought I would but it still did freak me out from time to time. I’m probably one of the last people who have not played the game but if you have not either, I recommend checking it out as it is free and it really is sort of a benchmark in the horror game genre now. Or you can go to YouTube and watch people freak out while playing the game; it is really up to you. There is a sequel coming out soon that promises to take the scare factor up a notch as well as add more gameplay.

PS. I was going to post some funny reaction videos I found but most of them were full of profane cursing :D

 

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09:10 Feb-11-2013

Definitely play this game with a headset, dark room and the audio set to max ;)

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10:18 Feb-11-2013

u will **** ur pants for sure ;)

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15:03 Feb-13-2013

I Did the same and It didn't scare me at all!

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12:45 Mar-02-2013

What ? Sh***ing your pants ? :P

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17:02 Feb-08-2013

Nice review. Im going to avoid it tho, horror isnt my thing either. Amnesia looks good, maybe pick up the Sequel :)

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23:36 Mar-02-2013

If you don't want to play slender, then don't even think about getting Amnesia. It is much, much worse, and 'A machine for pigs' looks like it will be even scarier than 'the dark descent'. Slender is just jumpscares, but Amnesia becomes a real psychological horror game very quickly.

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12:00 Feb-08-2013

Truly exceptional game, Mark j. Hadley really knows how to put the scare in people using just audio elements. I cant wait for slender the arrival to come out.

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11:46 Feb-08-2013

scariest game after fear in my opinion

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11:19 Feb-08-2013

I'm going to be a BIG chicken and avoid this game. I get freaked out easily, but good job on braving it to bring us this review. Keep up the good work mate. :D

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