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Simple Sprites, Potent Frights: How Sprite-based Horror Games Can Produce Genuinely Big Scares

I have a confession: old video games scare me. That’s a funny thing to hear from someone whose life revolves around writing about retro games, I know. Let me tell you, though, there’s nothing funny about the glitched-out pixels and digital screeches that haunted my dreams if I nudged my ColecoVision cartridges a little too hard as a kid. Even when they’re working well, there’s something unsettling about games on early consoles like the Atari VCS and the ColecoVision. You can try to put a finger on the reason why…

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