Thread: Scary Game Over Screens. Be Serious!

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    • 6 years 10 months ago
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    Quote by SortaStillAKid
    Rolling Thunder had an odd game over screen. It was similar to Gannon laughing, but it was a wierd alien looking dude.

    OMG I remember that! You shoulda saw my friends and me flip out!
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    • 6 years 10 months ago
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    Quote by Nickelodeoninthe90s
    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!!



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    • 6 years 8 months ago
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    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.

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    • 6 years 7 months ago
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    Tomb Raider(2013) has some brutal game over screens depending on how you die.
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    • 6 years 3 months ago
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    Quote by agentkev
    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".
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    • 6 years 3 months ago
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    • 6 years 2 months ago
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    Quote by randomuser2349

    Bees!

    And, yes, that creeped me out too.
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    • 4 years 10 months ago
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    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!
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    • 4 years 7 months ago
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    http://tn-skr.smilevideo.jp/smile?i=10966044

    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...
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    • 3 years 9 months ago
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    Sonic Spinball, whenever you lost a life you'd hear a horrible mechanical sound. I found out that was supposed to be Robotnik laughing.
    As I mentioned before, Maboo's laugh when you got a game over on Rolling Thunder scared me for a long time.
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    • 12 days 2 hours ago
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    Quote by Drahken
    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.


    I totally agree with you, so much that I want to hack the game and make it less scary by applying a Space Ghost theme onto it. It'd be called "Space Ghost Pinball."

    Speaking of pinball games, what was the 3D Pinball game that had that awesome title music? I'm gonna have to go on VGMusic and find it, because I know it was just called "3D Pinball" or something. It was for SNES or Amiga or something. I downloaded a MIDI file of it in 2015 and listened to it for hours on end, it was THAT good.

    ETA: they marked the video as "made for kids?" LMAO, there's nothing in it that appeals to kids.

    ETA 2: The pinball game I was referring to was 3D Ultra Pinball for Windows.
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