Traumafessions :: Reader Ben on NES’ Friday the 13th Game

Is it normal to base a huge part of your life around a box art cover? Probably not but I have an excuse: it was Friday the 13th on the NES. I couldn’t play the game because I didn’t have a Nintendo but every time I was in the video store, I would stare at the pixelated map on the back and dream about being able to explore the campgrounds in the films I’d watch every time they aired on the USA network. Friday the 13th was the scariest movie in the world (even when broken up by Rhonda Shear segments and the flood of 900 phone sex ads). So the game would have to be the scariest game in the world right? RIGHT? Well, I got the answer when I finally played it years later. But something stuck with me: there was an idea there somewhere. So I started working on the slasher game I had always dreamed of playing.

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Ben S
Ben S (@eyesofbens)
8 years ago

I appreciate your reference to USA’s *constant* showings of the FRIDAY THE 13TH movies in the late ’80s and early ’90s. For me, it seemed like they showed A NEW BEGINNING more than any of the others. This brainwashing might be why I’m one of the few people who loves it.

Believe it or not I actually did find parts of the F13 NES game sort of creepy! But your video game looks 100 times more amazing!

Dylan Donnie-Duke
Dylan Donnie-Duke (@dylan-donnie-duke)
8 years ago

I remember the countless news stories way back when about the “dangers” of these types of video games, specifically “Friday the 13th” when they came out with the Commodore 64 version.
I will be playing yours soon… very soon. Looks like a hoot-and-a-half! (That’s Hoosier for “pretty frakkin’ uber-rad.” [Which is nerd for “really cool.”]) I look forward to corrupting my son with it, just like all those news items said I would.

pigfarmergames (@pigfarmergames)
8 years ago

Awesome! Thanks everyone.

Ha, I actually just dug up my old VHS taping of an Up all Night F13th marathon. I was looking for it forever. Miss the old USA network. Hell, I’d even get cable if they came out with a ‘USA Classics’ station.

I’m psyched you guys are looking forward to the game! Just released a new mini slasher game called Minotaur if you want to check it out