Editorial: My Favorite Gaming Month


For the last couple of years, keeping with the theme of October, I try to find at least one horror game to play. It’s my way of combining something that I really enjoy and one thing that makes me feel like a giant baby; video games and scary things. As I am not a giant fan of being scared, though it does give me a crazy adrenaline high, it always perplexes me why I keep up with this tradition, but for some reason I do.

I keep asking myself, “Kyle, what the hell are you thinking? You’re a giant baby when it comes to scary stuff, why put yourself through this?” Well…I honestly don’t know why I keep playing these games every October, but I do. Is it because I like to be scared? Is it because the atmosphere of decorations and costumes that brings this out in me? Seriously, I do not know.


The Suffering was the game that started this strange tradition for me. The 2004 survival horror game from Surreal Software scared the crap out of me, multiple times. Looking back, The Suffering wasn’t that great of a game at all, but it did exactly what it was intended to do: scare the pants off me. Even with playing other horror games since I made my way through Abbott State Penitentiary as Torque, nothing has seemed to utterly scar me like that game did.

Still to this day I remember that sense of fear I had while playing that game; I hated it. Yet, I loved it. I loved the story; Torque is sent to prison for murdering his ex-wife and two children. The night Torque arrives there is a powerful earthquake, which releases an army of monsters upon the facility. The monsters personify the various forms of torture and executions that have been experienced in Abbott State Penitentiary. Starting from his cell, Torque traverses the prison in trying to escape Carnate Island alive.

With the lights turned off, my room door shut and the sound turned almost all the way up on my TV; I reveled in the story that was being told. Though I knew I would keep getting scared the further I played of the game, I couldn’t get enough. The horrors that I experienced, looking back, were a real reason that I kept pushing through – I enjoyed the thrill.

Still, to this day, The Suffering is the one game that stands out to me from all the other horror games I have played; from Dead Space to Resident Evil 4 to Condemned to Fatal Frame III, nothing has scared me like The Suffering did nine years ago.

Though this year, I am at a loss. I don’t know what game to play. It’s Oct 4th and I still have no idea what scary game I am going to play to continue my tradition. If there is a game you think I would enjoy playing that is in the horror genre, let me know about it in the comments.

Written by Kyle Jessee

Kyle Jessee

Your lone Kentucky writer on staff. Loves the Big Blue Nation, rock music, and Resistance 2 (the best in the series).

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