Read the title? Here's a hint; its not a good experience.
So one week ago I uploaded a video to youtube entitled; 'Why Five Nights at Freddy's ISN'T scary'. Watch the video here; [link]
In just under a week, the video now has almost 20,000 views. Usually it takes a month for one of my videos to reach that many. Now, I don't make videos just for views or subs so this isn't really that big a deal, and I'm not saying this to show off. But it is a fact you need to know so you understand how much of an impact the comments and emails I've been getting because of this 10 minute long video. Before I do, lets talk about my experience with the FNAF fandom.
Just before making this video I was at a convention in Dundee Scotland, Dee Con, where I had a vendor table. The Con had a LOT of cosplayers, and a lot of FNAF fans too. They saw my FNAF fan art on the table and we got chatting. Nice guys. Here's the artwork in question; FNAF fan art
along with the blurb underneath;"I don't find it scary. Jump scares aside, this is a great game and I do like it's mechanics, however I don't understand why people find it so scary.
Perhaps because I worked in a Automata museum for a year so I don't find puppets and marrionettes and animatronics all that scary. I've seen anitique clockwork puppets that have parts of their faces missing, eyes hanging by loose threads and fingers dangling from their sockets. Of course the older the puppet, the more deteriorated they can be. In other words I've seen the REAL creepy puppets and these guys...just don't scare me."
Did I say in any of that that I don't LIKE the game? No. Would I have made fan art if I didn't like the game? No. I may not find it scary, but that doesn't mean I don't like the game or think it's a bad game. See what I'm getting at?
After meeting FNAF fans at the con I decided to make a video about the game and my experience with them. I made a video talking about my experience of the game and explained why I don't find it scary.
Watch the video here; [link]
I never ONCE said its a bad game, or that I don't like it (in fact, I said quite the opposite.) I don't like jump scares. Jump scares are cheap tricks to make you feel scared. They don't make a game scary. You know what makes a game scary? Suspense and atmosphere. This game HAS that. It just doesn't have enough of it to make it scary for me. I don't consider myself a fan (and quite frankly I don't want to be in a fandom that's going to treat me so badly...I have the star trek fandom for that.
I decided to make a video on the subject because this game is EVERYWHERE and I just don't understand why. The game's lore has been expanded upon by the fandom and made it into something more than it actually is, and that is pretty awesome. But when someone like me who is not in the fandom comes along, judges it as a game and ignores the lore that the fans invented and only focus on the lore actually conveyed in the game and says; 'I don't find it scary.' it's like I've said; 'Scot Cawthorn should die' or something. I mean...it's like if I said; 'I don't like MLP.' to some fans that means; 'I hate Lauren Faust.' Seriously guys, can we not talk about stuff WITHOUT turning it into a hate match? (I love MLP btw, but MLP fans are just as guilty of pulling this crap.)
Guys, I've worked in the video game industry, I know what makes a game. It doesn't matter if the guy worked on it on his own or did it for charity or whatever (although that is pretty bad ass) that doesn't make the game scary, does it? I just wished people actually watch the video, listen to what I say instead of leaping and sending me ludicrous messages such as this;
I've received far worse than this, BELIEVE me. This is tame compared to some of the message I received. I am shocked at how certain members of the FNAF fandom have treated me so far. (MLP fans are just as guilty of doing this btw) I mean I have received death threats from people in the FNAF fandom, usually because they see my MLP stuff and think I'm from a rival fandom. Um...ok then. Apparently playing a video game with animatronic animals is more grown up than watching a cartoon with pastel coloured ponies. Its ridiculous. Serves me right I guess for making the video in the first place.
So in conclusion; The FNAF game series is awesome. The fandom? Not so much. (with the exception of the guys and gals I met at the Con. You guys rocked.)
Maybe next I'll make a video called "Why Steven Universe DOESN'T rock" just to see what happens. (I won't. Steven Universe DOES rock. I'm just trying to prove a point.)