Jump scares in a game that isn't an horror game

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Jump scares in a game that isn't an horror game

#1 Post by 磯七ラスミ » Fri Jul 07, 2017 5:36 am

How far you can get with surprises? Part of making an interesting game is to surprise people,
but a, say, spy cam on their rooms isn't a pleasant gimmick.
Do you need to announce your game will have jump scares?

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#2 Post by FluffyCakeFactory » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:50 am

I think you should warn the audience about jump scares. There are people who have conditions whichbmake it hard to deal with jump scares. For example I can't deal with them because they instantly get me close to a panic attack on bad days.

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Re: Jump scares in a game that isn't an horror game

#3 Post by bluebirdplays » Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:30 pm

Yeah, I agree, definitely warn people about jump scares. Even if it's not that bad, you don't know how it'll affect different players. I'd say a warning would be more than sufficient though, and maybe stating or claiming how much a player might expect from their play through.

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Re: Jump scares in a game that isn't an horror game

#4 Post by SundownKid » Fri Jul 07, 2017 8:48 pm

磯七ラスミ wrote:Do you need to announce your game will have jump scares?
Please do, so I know not to buy it. :wink:

All kidding aside, it is in very bad form not to announce something like jump scares, because some people physically can't handle such things. I just dislike them whether it's a horror game or not. Cheap way to get a fear reaction without needing to build actual tension.

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Re: Jump scares in a game that isn't an horror game

#5 Post by qirien » Thu Sep 07, 2017 12:06 pm

Before including something like a jump scare, consider what you want the reader to feel.

People play a horror game because they want to feel dread and feel startled and be horrified. People play spy games because they want to feel tension and suspense. People play romance games because they want to feel romantic. (Sure, there are other reasons, but as writers we are essentially emotion hackers).

If you are making a game with random, startling things, you need to communicate by your title screen, introduction, subject material, summary, etc, that this is a game for people who want to feel surprised, startled, and puzzled. Then people who want to feel that way will try your game and be pleased, and people that aren't interested in those feelings will know to stay away.
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