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Puzzles and Horror Make a Curious Pair

Difficult puzzles aren't scary, and monsters that kill you while you're puzzling are just annoying.

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Scary Transmedia Synergy Within the 'Gears of War' Universe

Perhaps in this age of serialized television, franchise-driven films, and transmedia everything, the very idea of a stand-alone product is antiquated.

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The Five Games That Actually Should Be on the Nintendo 3DS

What 3-D is good for is salaciousness and action, some things that the crop of 3-D games launched with the 3DS are largely bereft of.

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What Is Scary in Horror Games?

Horror can be atmospheric rather than situational. Are abandoned tombs, inky black catacombs in which echo the shuffling, dragging footsteps of fleshy horrors, and the occasional giant mass of flesh, eyeballs, and tentacles glaring balefully at the player scary enough for you?

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Moving Pixels Podcast: It's Very Dead... in Space

With hands covering eyes (though with fingers slightly parted), the Moving Pixels podcast travels down hallways painted in blood and visecra, in order to consider the beauty and grotesqueness of Dead Space and Dead Space 2.

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Horror in Video Games: There's Seeing -- and Then There's Realizing What You're Seeing

My wife is right. The Necromorph known as a Slasher is extremely gross. But even though I played Dead Space for hours, I never noticed it.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Things to Do in Space When You're Dead

More than just a video game, Electronic Arts has given Dead Space the full transmedia treatment, shipping movies, comics, and spin off titles with the same grisly themes.

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The Paradox of Modern Horror: “Survival Horror”

For many, survival horror is the only proper horror game, but no modern game can accurately be called survival horror. So, for those players, no modern game can be a proper horror game.

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Isaac Clarke: Intergalactic Handyman

Dead Space is a game that finds heroism in doing real work.

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The Cybernetic Conundrum: Posthumanism and 'Dead Space'

The Necromorphs represent a level of posthuman development that extends far further than the protagonist of Dead Space is willing to go -- the point at which humanity is erased, allowing for the rise of the posthuman.

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Going HUDless for Immersion

Does the lack of a head-up display make a game more immersive?

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Dead Space

While Dead Space's influences are easy to spot, it is extraordinarily smart about cohesively assembling key elements from these influences into a compelling experience.

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