1) Who is your favorite villain from a horror game? Who is your favorite game villain of all time?
Em: I don’t even think I know any horror game villains off the top of my head. My favorite game villain is the Arishok from Dragon Age 2 cause I have a crush on him.
Tyler: Favorite villain from a horror game…Nemesis. This question would have been better framed as least favorite because at the time of playing Resident Evil 3… I thought it was the scariest game I had ever played at the time and I couldn’t handle the constant pursuit of Nemesis.
Favorite video game villain of all time is Majora / Skull Kid from Legend Of Zelda Majoras Mask. There was something so aesthetically pleasing and childish and powerful about him. He was just this super interesting villain with a really great backstory (possession by the mask) that I always think about when I’m writing my own villains.
Steven: From a horror game probably Wesker from the first Resident Evil. Of all time… Solidus Snake from the MGS series
Dennis: I don’t actually have one. Andrew Ryan, the Illusive Man, Ocelot, etc. There are too many to chose from to say that character is my favorite villain… so all the good ones I’ve interacted with I guess.
Nana: I don’t really play horror games. I would say Bartandus from Final Fantasy XIII is my fave villain.
2) Do you prefer a villain who is bad for the sake of being bad or one with a backstory/human elements that explain their motives?
Em: I like all villains honestly. Chaotic evil ones that have no rhyme or reason, ones that try to have you join them because they believe they’re just, ones with detailed stories that slowly descend them into madness… give me interesting villains and I’ll probably love them.
Tyler: The best villains always have the most interesting histories and backstories. Darth Vader, The Joker, Dracula… so I definitely love the human element and not just bad for the sake of being bad.
Steven: I like a good believable villain, that’s why I like Dutch from Red Dead Redemption 2 he wants to do right by his people but it leads him down the wrong path and costs him everything. Also if you don’t see Dutch as a villian then you’re a damn fool.
Dennis: I like villains that humanized and are not evil for the sake of being evil. How did the villain get to that point, what motivated their ideology along the way.
Nana: It all depends on the writing for me. I need to believe that the villain is redeemable or irredeemable.
3) Do you play horror games? Why or why not?
Em: Nope, I think I’m too impatient for the slow pace of horror games, and I just don’t like jump scares.
Tyler: Yes I play horror games. But usually with my brother. The last good horror game I played was Resident Evil 7 where my brother and I bought a whole bunch of pizza and beer and just pulled an all-nighter going through it.
Steven: I do play them just not very often. I stopped for a while because for a while they were just action games with jump scares, which was stupid lame.
Dennis: No. I’m not into playing games for the spooky gimmick itself.
Nana: Outside of Wings of Glass, no, because I get scared too easily.
4) What non-horror game has scared you the most?
Em: In Dragon Age Origins, when you encounter the Broodmother, there’s that creepy poem being recited as you make your way towards it that I have to turn the volume down for every time cause it scares me. Big nope to creepy poems/chants/songs in general.
Tyler: I can’t play Sea Of Thieves. I had a crippling fear of open bodies of water, especially in video games and my anxiety absolutely peaks when I have to swim around in open water. Had some trouble with Assassin’s Creed Odyssey as well but stayed away from the water for the most part. Most recently I played through The Outer Wilds which has a water planet that I got stuck on and I had to turn off the game.
Steven: ES: Oblivion I was exploring a dungeon and when I turned around a goblin jumped out of nowhere and scared the shit out of me.
Dennis: I remember as a kid that Metroid Fusion scared me. Specifically the moments when you saw the closeup of who/what was controlling Samus’ old suit. I’m sure there are others I’ve played that have used the cheap scare gimmick on me but none are really memorable.
Nana: Probably Tomb Raider, as I felt uneasy a lot through that game.
5) What’s your favorite horror game?
Em: I like zombie games and that’s it for horror. If someone made a game about necromancers or something maybe I’d be into that. Is there a necromancer horror game? Let me know games about cannibals or necromancers in the comments.
Tyler: I really really enjoyed Resident Evil 7. I thought it did some really amazing things in terms of creating fear and anxiety for the player. But I also really loved the Silent Hill Playable Trailer. That thing was a masterpiece in creating fear and it’s been catapult into legendary status because of all the drama surrounding it.
Steven: Resident Evil 2 remake or RE7… PT, so I guess games that have small closed in hallways.
Dennis: Don’t have one.
Nana: Don’t have one.
6) What’s your biggest personal fear? Do you seek out or avoid games that make you confront this fear?
Em: Loss of control. I do not seek out games like this, because along with being afraid of it I’m really frustrated by it. Even moments in games I love where I’m forced to move slowly or am limited for actions I can take really irritate me.
Tyler: Open bodies of water and yes. I try and stay away from water-related games as much as I can. I took a shot with Sea Of Thieves and it didn’t work out. I’m pretty weird.
Steven: My biggest fear is not having control over my senses, so if a game takes away my ability to see or adds in sounds that aren’t really there mess with me. I enjoy games that make me face those fears, so yes I seek them out… if have recommendations please let me hear them.
Dennis: Death… the future but mostly death. No.
Nana: Being alone, but I find games help rather than hinder with that experience.