• Jump Scares in Popular Culture

    Jump Scares in Popular Culture

    Whether you’re playing a scary maze game or watching the latest horror movie, there is one tried and true technique that people are using in order to get your heart racing.  We’ve all experienced it.  That huge buildup of tension, you’re concentrating so hard on not being scared, and then it happens.  The jump scare.  Something pops up, usually accompanied by a loud noise, and you can’t help by be scared.  You start nervously laughing and looking around to make sure you weren’t the only one fooled.

    A classic example of this is the scary maze game.  You’ll be going through the maze and all of a sudden a scary picture will fill your screen, and a woman will scream from the top of her lungs.  It’s a cheap shot, but it’s effective.

    Jump scares are most effective when there is a significant amount of buildup towards them.  The tension needs to accumulate slowly.  All too often, people use the jump scare as a crutch and it really becomes a nuisance.  Think of the worst horror movie you’ve ever seen.  Was it bad because it made you jump over and over again for no reason?  That can be exhausting as an audience member.

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    Many video games will lean on this crutch to the point of absurd predictability.  It no longer becomes scary and severely detracts from the storyline.  It turns the game into a comedy rather than a true horror.

    This is often referred to as “cattle prod cinema.”  It gets to the point where you are no longer being scared, but rather jolted.  If this is done well, it will work over and over on the same person.  No matter how many times I’ve seen The Shining, the appearance of those little girls at the end of the hall always makes me jump.  This is an example of an effective jump scare.  The movie isn’t riddled with them.  They are sprinkled in here and there just after a slow buildup of tension.

    There are no shortage of people who delight in watching others being scared.  Jump scare reaction videos are amongst the highest viewed videos on YouTube.  Five Night’s at Freddy’s was voted as perfect for live-streaming because of the way it employs jump scares.  People just love watching other people jump.  This could be due to the fact that they were scared too.  It’s comforting to know that you weren’t the only one.

    Whether you’re the manliest of men, or the most timid of women, a jump scare will have you reacting almost in the same way.  A jolt of energy will cause your muscles to contract and your adrenal glands to secrete adrenaline.  What happens next is up to your personality.  Do you scream?  Do you punch out?  Do you actually fall from your chair?  Will you just sit there laughing maniacally?  Watch some internet screamers, videotape yourself, and find out.  Then do it to your friends.  You might just go viral.  At the very least, you’ll have some fun.

     
  • The Reasons to Use Mobile Hacks

    The Reasons to Use Mobile Hacks

    If you are getting into the world of mobile games for the first time, you will be noticing some very good and some bad things. That is what we want to talk with you about today. We want to talk about the good, and the reasons why mobile games are so great. But we also want to mention some of the problems that we have been noticing in the world of mobile games. And as a bonus we are even going to tell you some methods that we have learned to get over those issues.

    The first thing that we have to mention is the positive aspects of mobile games. We want to talk about how these games are so easily accessible and they are so fun to play. You do not need any special software if you are wanting to play these games. The only thing that you have to do is make sure that you are using your smartphone or tablet. Then you are able to go on the online stores and download these games. Some will cost a few dollars, but quite a few of them are easily available for free. And that is nice too.

    One of the negatives that we have noticed with mobile gaming is how you are always being asked to buy in-game content. And if you are someone who likes to live in a frugal way, then you will be thinking about how you can get around this system. You have one game that you play a lot, and you love this game. You paid to buy it, and you are watching ads each time the game loads. You feel like you should not be asked to contribute even more to the creators of this game. And that is where mobile hacks can help you a lot.

    You can go on sites and download hacks that will help you get in-game content within these mobile games for free. You will have to make sure you are putting the hacking software on your phone where the game is installed. And then the software is going to take care of everything else. It is a seriously brilliant system, and it is going to ensure that you are now in a position where you are getting some magical game content for free. You are getting the game in the right way, but you are using a hack to get the in-game content.

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    Now some people feel like if you are doing this then you are doing something that is a little bit unethical. And we can understand your viewpoint. But we do not agree. We believe that what is unethical is game creators who are putting virtual content behind pay walls for the sole reason of making obscene profits. And that is not right. Gamers are people who support games so much. Game creators make millions just from the ads on mobile games. There is no reason for them to charge you money for in-game content.