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September 26, 2013

Arcane Arcade: The History of Horror in Video Games

During the short history of the videogame industry, the horror genre has grown from humble beginnings greatly inspired by the genre’s long running history in film. While film has long offered the means for the audience to become passive observers of horror, videogames continue to use advances in technology to immerse players as active participants, tasking them with walking through darkened hallways and opening forbidden doors, creating experiences that simply can’t be had through other media.

This lecture will examine the history of the horror genre within the videogame industry, from early licensed film titles to the emergence of survival horror, which came to define the genre with titles such as Resident Evil and Silent Hill creating narratives that influenced the film industry in turn. We’ll also look at the aftermath of survival horror, with the hybrid action horror titles of recent years, in addition to releases working to increase the psychological act of play and the rise of indie programmers creating compelling horror experiences outside the major studio system.

Added Exhibit

Join us in the lobby of the theatre and get your hands on a few different horror video games at the first ever Black Museum arcade!

September 26, 2013 at 8pm
Big Picture Cinema, 1035 Gerrard Steet East, Toronto
Cost: $15 at the door

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Instructor: Jamie Love

Jamie Love is the Creative Director at Sugar Rockets, a Toronto-based videogame developer. A former games journalist, Jamie has written features and reviews for online publications such as 4ColorRebellion and Siliconera, as well as managing his own site, GameSugar, from 2011-2013.