Frightfest 2016: Jump Scares that scared the hell out of me!

cooltext211399310506118For frightfest a few years ago I wrote a post which examined if jumpscares or cerebral horror was the best way to frighten gamers; it turned out that cerebral horror was the best (read that post here).

While that post is pretty darn conclusive – it wasn’t science and it certainly doesn’t mean that jumpscares do not have their place in gaming. I’d be a big fat liar if I said that I’ve never been gotten by a jumpscare (or five).

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MrLuvva’s Luv-In #8

Two months gone and my mission to contribute to the community is not stopping, nor will it! I have been in a crazy cycle this week, where I have been super busy – it has impacted on my writing AND reading levels!

In saying that though I have read enough of your posts to throw together my community spotlight post. As always dear readers, please ensure you click the titles to support these excellent blogs!


I just realised that this did not post when scheduled, I apologise for that!

I’ll keep a careful eye on my other scheduled posts.

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Is cerebral horror better than jump-scares?


On Couch Podtatoes this week, Izlain, J3w3l and myself got embroiled in a conversation about what is scary in games…poor old jump-scares got a right roasting. We concluded that atmosphere, sound and music play a much larger role in the act of frightening us than the good old fashioned jump-scare.

Pretty straight forward so far. I looked back at my post ‘My favourite moments from terrrifying games’ and out of the five I mentioned two were jump-scares, and one relied on a high number of jump-scares near the end.

My question is; what is better at scaring us? Cerebral horror or the jump-scare? Let’s find out.

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This week at LuvvaLuvva Towers (29/09-5/10/2014)

It’s been another excellent week! Our busiest ever (for the second week running!) and our posts have caused a stir in social media! We saw the first post of ‘bragtoberfest’, reviewed the biggest game of the year and begun our ‘frightfest’ series!
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My favourite moments from terrifying games.

This is it guys! The final countdown to the game I am most looking forward to this year; ‘Alien Isolation’. It is also October; the month of Hallowe’en so I feel it is only fitting that we do some posts about one of my favourite genres; the survival horror.

Once a week for this month we will be exploring different aspects of survival horrors and to kick off this ‘Fright-fest’ we will be looking at the single most terrifying moments of games.


Read on; if you dare.

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This week at LuvvaLuvva towers (18-24/08/2014)

Its been a slow week at LuvvaLuvva towers due to hardware malfunction and other technical difficulties, but as always we will collate everything we’ve done this week on this one handy page. You’re welcome.

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Can survival horror recapture mainstream success?


One of the most exciting things  to come out of Gamescom this year was the influx of survival horror games; news of the Resident Evil Re-remake was only the beginning, we also got Alien Isolation, Alone in the dark reboot and Silent Hills. My question for developers though is can this genre really enjoy the mainstream success it enjoyed in the late ’90s/early 2000s?

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