Five nights at Freddy’s Video Game
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Where do I start with this game…
Five nights at Freddy’s is a ‘survival horror’ video game (yes, I had to look up what the hell that is too). I found out about it several months ago because my family was over at a friend’s house and all of our kids were talking about it and how they were ‘jump scared’ and they had to make it till 6:00 a.m. My 7 & 8 year olds don’t get up at six so I know this wasn’t about their school schedule or anything like that. Jump scare? How bad could this game be if someone is just jumping out and saying boo!?
Let’s start off with the premise of this game – it’s terrifying. The main characters of the story are Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica and Foxy, which sounds innocent enough, but it goes downhill from there.
The main plot of the game (from Wikipedia) is:
“(About) the main character, whose name is later revealed to be Mike Schmidt, (he) has started a job working as a night watch security guard at the restaurant Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. A voicemail message left by Mike’s predecessor explains that the animatronic animal characters used at the restaurant, Freddy Fazbear, Bonnie, Chica and the disused Foxy, are able to roam freely around it at night, because if they were left off for too long, their servomotors would lock up.
He also adds that the animatronics were no longer allowed to roam freely during the day following an incident referred to as the ‘Bite of ’87’, which apparently involved the loss of someone’s frontal lobe. The employee warns Mike that if one of the robots encounters a human, they will automatically assume that it is an endoskeleton that is not in costume yet, and ‘forcefully stuff them’ into a spare mechanical Freddy Fazbear costume, killing the person in the process.
Newspaper clippings in the background of one of the scenes reveal that the restaurant was site to the disappearances of five children whose bodies were never found, after a man dressed as one of the animatronics lured them into a back room and reportedly murdered them.
Later, the restaurant received complaints that the animatronics began to smell foul and became stained with blood and mucus around the eyes and mouth, with one customer comparing them to ‘reanimated carcasses’. After the seventh night, Mike is fired from his job for tampering with the animatronics and odor and the restaurant is then closed down.”
First off, to be fair – this game was designed by a father of two kids himself who appears to be a fairly religious and upstanding guy; by his entry in Wikipedia. That being said, I’m pretty sure he didn’t set out to scare the crap out of kids of all ages and you do have to purchase this game to play it. And as always as parents, you need to be ever vigilant of what your kids are doing online. So the bottom line is – your children are not getting access to it, unless they have access to your PayPal account or credit card or some other payment mechanism.
YouTube Clips take the video game a step further…
However, that being said there are other things that they can do online that will get them exposure to the game such as YouTube videos, here, here, and here. Videos like these are my personal biggest concerns for my two boys and should be for your kids too.
I didn’t really worry too much about how the game is actually played, in this review, especially since the kids are being exposed to ‘jump scares’ (where the animatronics jump out at players to scare them), murder (in the backstory), kidnapping and anything with human carcasses in the story.
The Bottom Line
So to sum up; this is one video game that is a huge flag for me and rated code red in my book. However, the YouTube videos are a much bigger one.
Parents be aware of what your kids are watching and keep them away from this
I personally would not recommend this for anyone who is not (at a minimum) 13 or older.