Video games hold many forms of entertainment like adventures, comedy and mind exercises like puzzles. With the unique interaction video games offer, the pleasure had from them is an active one as opposed to a passive participation of a movie. The decisions made feel heavier, the hurdles overcome feel more triumphant and of course, the terror felt in a horror game is more real when the player has to see what is around the corner. In keeping with this week’s theme, a list of the scariest video games seems to be in order.“Condemned: Criminal Origins,” a game from 2005, did not have much going for it in terms of a story or voice acting. However, it caught the essence of feeling in danger. Run-of-the-mill horror games tend to give the player creepy enemies and dark rooms but offer them enough weapons and ammunition to fund a small army. “Condemned” gives just enough equipment to make it through the current situation. In fact, a cool feature of the game was the absence of an ammo count. Instead, if the player held the reload button, the character would pull his clip out and look at it, letting the player count the amount of bullets left in the clip. That’s right, one clip. That’s what the game offered. Once defensive measures are taken away, a game reaches a whole new level of scary. “Amnesia: The Dark Descent,” a game many people know of thanks to “Humble Indie Bundle 5,” focuses on fear of the unknown. It isn’t until a good hour into the game that the enemy of the game is even present on-screen. But sounds made by the enemy, accompanied by the character’s panic, are enough to shake even a veteran to the game. The player character of the game is supposed to be frail and terrified and the game uses visual effects to allude to his sanity. At one point the player walks down a long, narrow hallway, hearing a creaking noise coming from around the corner at the end. As the game set the pace already, players are expected to creep slowly during this point. The player’s vision blurs and pulses, making the walls look like they are closing in on the character, simulating claustrophobia. Another game in a similar vein is “Slender,” a free horror game online. The interesting thing about this game is the origin of the antagonist, the Slender Man. He is actually the creation of a “Something Awful” forum post for a photo-editing contest in 2009. A user added a tall, pale figure in the background of the pictures, having no explanation of who or what it was and it eventually expanded to forums all over the Internet. Fast-forward to 2012, an indie developer took the creative common enemy of the Internet and put him in a game. Following his origins, the game offers no background as to why the player is doing what they do or why the Slender Man is after them.