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Frictional Interview

There is something wrong with the people at Frictional games. How can there not be to produce such horribleness as Penumbra and Amnesia? We needed to know what’s going through their heads so took the time to drag Thomas Grip from Frictionals darkened basement, disconnected his iPod that plays nothing but discordant string music, stopped him muttering chants from a big book with a pentagram burned on the front, and asked him some questions. Let’s start from the top. How did Frictional come together? It started with Jens (the other co-founder) helping me with sounds for a horror game I…

Horror needs to mature

I’ve never completed FEAR. Well, that’s an understatement to say the least. I’ve never got further than about forty minutes into it. The opening level had me nearly sobbing at my keyboard after the hundredth time something jumped right in my face; ultimately rendering me physically unable to press the ‘W’ key for fear that I might die of shock. And I nearly did die once – that bit in DOOM 3 where a demon bursts out from under some stairs. God. Of course by ‘nearly dying’ I actually mean “letting out a girly scream followed by a pathetic whimper”…