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Happy Friday the 13th! Jason is over right now, he says to tell you guys, "Hi."


I get that survival horror is about being afraid, running away from an unstoppable evil. But Jason is almost too damned goofy to really work as a big-bad in a survival horror game. Maybe that's why there hasn't been a Friday the 13th game that was really all that... good.

As we sit back and watch this thrilling gameplay from the 80's NES game, let's ponder: What if there was a new Friday the 13th game with all the cinematic trappings of a cheesy 80's slasher flick... in which you played the slasher? It'd flip the whole paradigm on its head—I don't know how it would work exactly, how it would be a game and not just a really weird murder simulator. But it might be fun! You know, like Naughty Bear except not awful.


Don't you think it might be time to revisit classic 80's horror flicks with a new twist like this? Think Cabin in the Woods—you play as a ton of bad guys, maybe, and turn all sorts of horror movie cliches around in video game fashion. I'd play the heck out of that. Just saying.

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