Rise As A Zombie – Vidjagame Apocalypse 338

Zombie hordes are a dime a dozen; chances to actually join them, less so. This week, GameXplain/IGN alum Micah Seff rejoins us to talk about games where a hero’s demise turns them into flesh-hungry cannibals (at which point other heroes usually have to put them down). Then it’s on to Disco Elysium, The Ninja Saviors, Fortnite (briefly) disappearing into a black hole, and your scariest carnival stories.

Question of the Week: What’s the scariest game you’ve ever played?

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6 thoughts on “Rise As A Zombie – Vidjagame Apocalypse 338

  1. The scariest game I have ever played was Time Killers. It’s not a horror game but is a fighting game. It was a game that stuck with me for the rest of my life.
    I played this game at a Zellers (Canada’s Wal-Mart) while my mom was shopping. This was even before I heard of Mortal Kombat.
    I remember playing it and seeing all the blood and gore and it really bothered me but it was this exact screen http://www.subspacebc.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Time-Killers-Screenshot-2016-10-18-19-55-25.png that really haunted me. The fact that I could see the spine in and the blood REALLY stuck with me. I remember after I saw that saying to myself ” I really wish I didn’t see that” I had trouble sleeping because of it. It took me a long time to find the name of this game.

  2. QotW: Scariest game I ever played was either Friday the 13th as a kid, and the first Fatal Frame later in teenage hood.

  3. First let me say I love all things horror, but the game I’m going to talk about is far from the scariest. It was more the situation that scared me. This was the Wii era and my buddy hacked my Wii so that I could play burned games (don’t tell Nintendo). So I basically had an unlimited number of Wii titles I could play. I knew it was a stretch but I asked my friend if there were any horror games for the Wii. So he burned me a copy of Fatal Frame 5, which at the time was unreleased in the states. As an average avid gamer I would always would turn off the sounds that came out of the speaker in the controller. I was playing a good hour or two into it and I came across a boy sitting in a corner crying, interested I walked closer to him. When I reached a couple feet away from him he turned and let out a spooky screech which also came out of the controller at the same time. I’m not a jumpy person at all, I’m in the military and around loud noises all the time, but this unexpected screech made my butthole grip my sofa and instinctively threw the remote. It ended up not being the scariest game, but that moment has lived in my memory since. Thanks for all the amazing content, it always keeps me entertained especially when overseas.

  4. The last time a game legitimately scared me and didn’t just make me uncomfortable was original RE2 (OGRE 2, ha, funny). I was about 15 and the part where Birkin mutates in or near a jail cell (fuzzy 21 year old memory) flipped my apparent body horror phobia right the fuck out.
    Better scare story about the same game: my best friend lived 2 doors down from me and would come over and spend the night quite often and we’d play video games until 3-4am. There is a narrow hallway in the police station that has a boarded up window that you walk by several times. In the back of my mind prior to the event, I had fully expected some shit to punch through that window, but it never did.
    It was my friend’s turn to play, he’s sitting cross-legged on the floor hunched over in front of my tv (also on the floor) at 2am. My friend was non-muscularly pushing about 250 lbs at the time. When the zombies punched through that window and grabbed him, he didn’t fall back, he didn’t jump or throw his controller. He fucking LEVITATED straight up, his legs still in perfect sitting position, while screaming. He looked like a still-fat John Goodman doing the first still-frame kick by Trinity in the good Matrix movie, only with both his feet tucked under his probably fear-puckered asshole. We’re unsure how he achieved lift, but to this day we still reference it.

  5. NES Tetris!! It was NES Tetris for me. I don’t know how to convey in words, how much paralyzing fear came over me as a child.

    I was teaching my sister how to play Tetris, I got up to use the bathroom in our parent’s room all the while I could hear the game music and sound effects. After washing my hands, I made my way back to my room across the hall and I heard the “Tetris” sound effect. I was stoked! My sister was finally getting the hang of the game! I went to congratulate her but there was no one in my room. The controller was on the floor in front of the tv and on the screen, the Tetriminos were moving on their own! I was frozen in place, I couldn’t breathe. I would’ve pissed my pants if it weren’t for the fact I already went to the bathroom. At that moment I seriously thought some psychic being was playing Tetris and then suddenly, the screen flashed.

    It was the damned attract mode! How the hell did I not put two and two together? I was soooo scared! This was such a different type of fear; the type that made me believe that supernatural beings actually existed and they took my sister and they were coming after me! After I realized it was the stupid game demo, I turned off the NES and tv and went downstairs. My sister simply left the game running while she went to get something to eat.

    Thanks for the show! I would’ve never known about tetriminos and their individual names. I F-ing hate Cleveland Z and Rhode Island Z.

  6. THE SCARIEST GAME IS THE ONE YOU MORTALS CALL “REALITY”. LOOK UPON SNACKS ‘N JAXSON AND DESPAIR! SNACKS ‘N JAXSON IS YOUR GOD NOW!

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