How come no one mentioned Banjo-Kazooie's game over screen? With Tooty becoming that ugly green mutant monster? That scared the hell out of me!
Haha you're totally right, that was pretty bizarre. I seem to remember being scared of the Friday The 13th game over screen. Nothing like reading a sentence that says you and your friends are dead, especially when you're still alive to read it.
I also hate continue screens. It's like I lost alright, don't make me do it all over again!!
There's never been a game over screen that I found scary or disturbing, and I do find the very notion of it "wtf". However, if you were young when the screen scared you, then maybe... *shrug*
For me, there were no games with a real "game over screen" when I was young enough that I -might- have been affected by them, there was just "game over" slapped over the screen, often with residual action still going on in the background. (Home systems like 2600, arcade games like galaga.) By the time games started having any of these "scary" screens, I was old enough that I found each one either just boring or "hey! cool! that's a badass skull!"
While I wouldn't classify it as "scary", and it has nothing to do with game over, there is one game that I find unsettling to play, particularly late at night (much like the guy who was talking about playing 2600 games late at night). The first table of Super Pinball Behind the Mask on SNES, the joker table. Something about the visuals, the music, the weird voice overs that sound like some kind of demon speaking from the bottom of the ocean, etc. It just creates this lonely, hopeless feeling like in those movies where someone is fleeing from some menace, late at night, and there's nobody else on the streets, no businesses open, and it seems that they & their persuers are the last beings in the universe.
*WARNING: The above post may be highly opinionated, read at your own risk.
fricken ganon laughing in zelda 2.. i'd turn the nes off if i died on my last life so i would not have to deal with that terror.
I did something similar when I played Rolling Thunder in the arcades. If I died on my last life, I'd immediately run away from the machine...just so I would not have to see the game over screen, which was a laughing green alien guy. I dubbed him the "Goddamn Green Motherfucker".
Bump! I am no longer afraid of the Rolling Thunder game over screen! What DOES scare me is the Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back game over screen! Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped and Crash Bandicoot: The Wrath of Cortex's game over screens are a close second. The PS2 Red Screen of Death, too!
That, no joke, scared the hell out of me as a young 6-year-old. I'd start fucking crying whenever I saw that. I think it was because I associated it with Yumemi kidnapping the player character and using her for experiments...