What Parents Need to Know about Horror Games

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Horror video games come in a such a variety that the genre can hard to define. The overlapping element is that these games are designed to scare or unsettle the player through gameplay, atmosphere, story, music, setting and ‘jump scares’. The most common sub-genres are survival horror, action horror, psychological horror, jump-scare horror and reverse horror. These games originate from a range of developers, including smaller indie studios which release download-only titles (that is, they aren’t physically sold in shops) and therefore aren’t subject to age ratings.

In the guide, you’ll find tips on a number of potential risks such as adult themes, psychological horror and violent content.

Publisher: National Online Safety

Published: January 2022 (1 page)

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