Lunchzone: Amnesia

Developer: Frictional Games (Twitter: @frictionalgames)
Released: September 2010 (Windows)
Genre: Horror
Platform: Steam
Played: Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Show notes

Laya, Thomas, Nathan, Kelly, and Kris explore the dank, Gothic world of Amnesia. The game exerts a liberal amount of control over the player through its interface and aesthetics. The uncanny valley was also discussed and how the limits of technology can be exploited to evoke a desired response from players (see Tinwell). Questions were raised by Thomas about the visual grammar of horror games and what games work against those tropes.

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Tinwell, A. (2014). The uncanny valley in games and animation. AK Peters/CRC Press.

Kristopher Purzycki