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Clanker Banjo-Kazooie
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As one strikes into maturity, it is attainable to look again and chortle at issues that when terrified you. Sure, the grownup world incorporates greater than its fair proportion of horrors value recoiling from, however not less than we avid gamers can look again on the digital scares of our youth with a glad smile, realizing we have conquered our infantile fears. Right?

Well, principally. We’re positive the Sonic drowning countdown music will eternally spark immediate, sweaty panic every time we hear it. However, within the entries under you may discover Team NL discussing a few of their childhood gaming traumas — sport moments that when gave them absolutely the willies, however which now they will deal with, no drawback (for essentially the most half, not less than).

So, as we proceed having fun with this lengthy Halloween weekend, let’s delve into some video games and moments that made a specific impression on our younger minds…

Kate Gray, Staff Writer

I do know that is going to make me sound like an utter wuss, and that is completely okay, as a result of I’m, however… for me, the factor that gave me nightmares as a child was… simply the wind.

Not in a “huh, thought I heard somethin’, musta bin the wind” kind of means. The precise sound of the wind, in Ocarina of Time. It’s scary sufficient to search out out that you’ve got been catapulted right into a horrible, post-apocalyptic future in your good little journey sport, and you then discover out that the city is stuffed with zombies, and that is fairly dangerous too. But for no matter purpose, going to Ganondorf’s Castle, and standing in entrance of that lake of lava, surrounded by ashes and rubble — that was the scariest bit for me.

And accompanying that depressing scene was no music, no sound, solely the wind blowing throughout a desolate, burned-down Hyrule. Now, what it’s important to know is that on the time, I hadn’t actually skilled a lot. I used to be a child. That wind sound impact? To me, that was a sound impact, and nothing extra, till I heard it in actual life on a tenting journey. I lived on a cul-de-sac in a village! We did not get spooky wind noises! But after I heard the wind blowing by means of naked bushes for the primary time in actual life, I didn’t sleep a wink.

I had a number of nightmares associated to Ocarina of Time, principally concerning the Re-Deads and the horrible issues Under The Well, however for some purpose, it is the wind that scared me essentially the most.

Alana Hagues, Staff Writer

Look, Banjo-Kazooie is a bizarre sport. Even ignoring the kidnapping for vainness and experiments, the bathroom humour, and among the brutal deaths between the 2 N64 video games, there are another moments which are genuinely terrifying, particularly to kid-me. No, I’m not speaking about Snackers, however I am speaking about one other shark that you simply meet — and ultimately befriend.

Clanker's Cavern Banjo-Kazooie
Image: Rare

As a wee lass, figuring my means across the N64 controller and customarily having a blast with probably the greatest N64 video games ever, I finally unlocked the third world of the sport, Clanker’s Cavern. I’d gotten used to the swimming in-game due to the earlier degree, Treasure Trove Cove, however this murky water and dank setting have been a bit extra unnerving. It wasn’t out of character for the sport, so I simply carried on, diving underneath the water and into the primary chamber… solely to be greeted by tooth. Rows of sharp, metallic tooth, a rusted face, and imposing eyes. And I ran out of the room.

I solely got here again in after I’d heard the drowning music — which can also be etched into my mind — however huge ol’ Clanker completely terrified me. When I attempted to enter the extent once more, I did it by means of squinted eyes, making an attempt to keep away from wanting on the muck and flesh-like markings on the rubbish disposal unit.

I might barely get by means of the extent, not to mention free Clanker or go inside him, with out pausing each couple of minutes. And that evening I could not sleep as a result of all I might take into consideration is that this large metallic shark chewing me up. But, because it seems, he is actually, actually pleasant. And, by the point I returned to the sport a couple of years later, I liked him.

Mr. Patch from Banjo-Tooie nonetheless has the higher hand on me, although.

Ollie Reynolds, Staff Writer

This is a simple one for me, and though I performed this sport on the PS1, its availability on the N64 and GameDice makes my selection legitimate (so there!): Resident Evil 2.

It wasn’t a selected second that gave me nightmares, it was the entire flippin’ sport. From the opening moments exploring a ravaged Raccoon City to evading the devastating assaults of the Tyrant (Mr. X), I used to be fairly frankly two soar scares away from wetting myself. If push got here to shove and I had to decide on a selected second from the sport, nonetheless, it might be the opening encounter with Robert Kendo, the proprietor of the Kendo Gun Shop.

After a quick trade, Leon turns to exit the room — however what’s that? — you see some tasty handgun ammo simply sitting on a close-by counter, so after all you seize it. When you flip again round, nonetheless, you hear the shop’s window smash, triggering a cutscene by which Kendo is torn aside by zombies.

It was infinitely extra visceral than something proven within the first RE sport; you may truly see Kendo’s physique flip crimson from the pouring blood. It scarred me greater than I care to confess.

Granted, I used to be solely 9 on the time. Maybe that is the problem.

Jim Norman, Staff Writer

I’ve all the time been so simply scared by video video games it’s frankly a marvel that I’ve maintained a ardour for them for therefore lengthy. I’d prefer to shortly give a shoutout to my mum, who I might repeatedly ask to tackle a very scary a part of a sport whereas I left the room. She may not have essentially crushed each job that I gave her, however her bravery within the face of my childhood fears was all the time the most effective.

As for the second that I used to be most terrified of, I’m going to should align with Kate right here and likewise decide one from Ocarina of Time (bizarre how many individuals have been scarred by that sport rising up). Mine, nonetheless, is wayyy earlier within the story. If I used to be to be non-specific then I might say the whole thing of Inside the Deku Tree is my all-time scariest online game location. The weight of realizing that you’re onto one thing, the taunting Deku Shrubs, seeing Queen Gohma’s eye on the ceiling for the primary time — wow, that degree actually messed me up.

I will probably be extra particular although, as a result of I very simply can. The factor that scared me foolish was (and nonetheless is) the click sound of the Skulltulas. It’s an enormous credit score to the sound design that such a easy repetition was sufficient to maintain me up at evening, however hey, it labored.

Still to this present day, listening to that sound makes me shiver.

Gavin Lane, Editor

I might have gone with one thing from Zelda, however let’s return a little bit additional. This is much less a scary ‘second’ and extra an all-encompassing feeling of dread I skilled every time I landed in Transylvania in Quackshot. It was solely the third degree (nicely, you might go to earlier however you wanted gadgets from the earlier ranges as a way to make progress), however I discovered it robust as a child.

Looking again now, it is all so chunkily twee and non-threatening! But these bulbous bats and balls of bouncing gloop prompted me grief on the time. I by no means actually understood what the bubblegum was purported to be, or the way it apparently ‘dissolved’ bricks in Dracula’s citadel. After the bouncing brass of Duckburg, the creepy music and setting all melded collectively to create an alarming, unnerving psychological block I struggled to beat for years — lengthy after I’d discovered the abilities essential to beat the extent. I keep in mind going again and finishing the sport round a decade in the past and questioning how the hell I’d constructed it up a lot in my thoughts.

Then once more, is there something scarier than a vampire duck?


A small choice for you there, some sillier than others, however all sufficient to play on a child’s thoughts. What moments from video video games scared you as a baby? Feel free to share your scares under…



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