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When I was a kid, I begged my parents for a Game Gear. When I eventually wore them down, they bought me the handheld, along with six games—but I only had the courage to play five of them.

I made my way through Sonic the Hedgehog, Ecco the Dolphin, Lemmings, Winter Olympics: Lillehammer 94 (my absolute favorite), and Tengen World Cup Soccer (my other favorite, and which I always got to play when I was benched in AYSO because I sucked at real soccer). But after that, there was only one game left: Predator 2.

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Predator 2 scared the shit out of me. I distinctly remember struggling through the darkness, horrified by the game’s sound effects and tense atmosphere. I think I made it through part of the first level before giving up in terror. I tried to play it a few more times, but I could never muster the courage. The thing is, this is Predator 2:

Not that scary.

Thinking on it now, it must have been the game’s box art that really got to me, with its ominous Predator (a monster I’d never heard of) clutching a handful of viscera. I have no idea why my parents bought me the game, just that I couldn’t have more games because I had ones I hadn’t finished. I can only imagine all the games I could have played if I hadn’t been such a wuss. (Young me would be devastated to learn how many Sonic games existed after that first one.)

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What about you? What games scared you as a kid? Were they really as scary as you remember? Let us know in the comments.