The Twilight Zone is TV royalty. This decades-old institution of American television has been shaped and re-shaped time and time again, not only to deliver unsettling, well-crafted forays into the unknown, but also to hold a mirror up to contemporary culture and society. Culturally relevant horror has always been popular in film and television, but games often highlight the least interesting parts of these concepts.
Horror video games often focus on aspects like survival, gore, and combat. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong or bad about that. Heck, some of the best games on Quest and Quest 2 — let alone the best games of all time — lean into those things. When games seek to move beyond the existing constraints of genre and medium, that’s when they shine brightly.