Rainer: The last two, three years have seen a renaissance of Indie horror games, with phenomena like Slender and of course Amnesia taking horror to new heights.
At the same time, AAA horror franchises like Dead Space and Resident Evil have changed focus and concentrated on action to reach a larger audience - and mostly failed. Why is that?

Dan: The short answer? Because when you introduce a shooting mechanic into a horror game it ceases to be about the emotional state and turns into a problem solving exercise. They cease to be horror games in anything other than a very superficial sense. In the same way that torture porn movies like Saw are not really horror, they slap some surface detail onto things and work on the basis that gross out visuals and a couple of jump scares are all you need. That’s lazy.

That’s Dan Pinchbeck of The Chinese Room (Dear Esther, Amnesia: A Machine For Pigs) in an interview with videogametourism.at. It’s positively euphoric when someone is this right.

“I suffer a lot and every day the glass mirror
Get tougher to watch, I tie my stomach in knots
And I’m not sure why I’m infatuated with death
My imagination is surely an aggravation of threats
That can come about cause the tongue is mighty powerful
And I can name a list of your favorites that probably vouch
Maybe cause I’m a dreamer and sleep is the cousin of death
Really stuck in the schema, wondering when I’mma rest
And you’re right, your brother was a brother to me
And your sister’s situation was the one that pulled me
In a direction to speak of something that’s realer than the TV screen
By any means, wasn’t trying to offend or come between
Her personal life, I was like “it need to be told”
Cursing the life of 20 generations after her soul
Exactly what’d happen if I ain’t continued rapping
Or steady being distracted by money drugs and four
Fives, I count lives all on these songs
Look at the weak and cry, pray one day you’ll be strong
Fighting for your rights, even when you’re wrong
And hope that at least one of you sing about me when I’m gone
Now am I worth it? Did I put enough work in?”
Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst - Kendrick Lamar

the stinger

They who in folly or mere greed
Enslaved religion, markets, laws,
Borrow our language now and bid
Us to speak up in freedom’s cause.


It is the logic of our times,
No subject for immortal verse –
That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse.

— Cecil Day-Lewis
“Frankenstein’s creature only became a monster when he saw he could never be anything else.”
— Daniel Quinn
“Yeah,
Well,
It’s pretty lonely
at the bottom,
too.”
— Joseph Chassler