I've been wanting to talk about this for a long time now. I imagine many of the older members on this board haven't picked up a controller since the old days of Atari 2600 or Intellivision. Maybe even since the days of Magnavox's original Odyssey console.
Me. I grew up with video games (Atari 2600, NES, SNES, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, Gamecube, Xbox). I credit them for getting me into horror movies, via the Castlevania series which references the old Universal horrors, the Hammer horrors, '60s and '70s Euro-horrors, and even the '80s slashers.
I guess Castlevania is a good place to start.
Castlevania, released to the NES in 1986. This game (along with its sequels) sparked my interest in horror movies and novels. My interest in Bram Stoker's novel was because of this game more than any of the movies.
Besides Dracula, you get to fight Frankenstein's Monster, Mummies, Queen Medusa (a little nod to Ray Harryhausen, perhaps?), and the Grim Reaper (who by the way is tougher than Dracula).
It is one thing to sit down and watch a monster terrify people and I do enjoy that. But the interactive capability of video games allows you, in a certain capacity, to fight the monsters. That's one major thing video games have over movies and television. Watching Van Helsing drive a stake into Dracula's is exciting, but playing as Simon Belmont and delivering that final, fatal whip crack to Dracula is exhilarating. It's a Monster experience that can only come through the medium of video games.
At the risk of talking in a vacuum, has anyone had this kind of Monster experience? Not just with Castlevania but with any horror video game?