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FNAF - nostalgia wrapped in a never-ending series

Thursday, February 3, 2022
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From childhood to now, Five Nights At Freddy’s has always been a secret obsession of mine.

There's something about the extensive lore, the haunted characters, the dark graphics…all mixed together, the FNAF series makes for an interesting topic to analyze for years and years.

Which is what I have done. I’ll admit it!

With the recent release of FNAF: Security Breach, the fandom has come back alive and the series is under close speculation once again. I think there's already three new Game Theory videos on the topic, and surely more to come.

For me, this game was such an eye-opener to the world of horror. When the first game came out in 2014, I was only 11 years old. So young!

But it really paved the way for my current horror obsession.

With Scott Cawthon turning friendly animatronics made for children into killing machines, it was definitely different thematically from a lot of games during that time.

But that’s what I loved.

Looking back now, the first game was just a fragment of what the series had the potential to become, and yet it had a strong hold on me and many others.

As the second, third, fourth…14th game came out, the style of gameplay and the endless secrets brought players back in with every release. Even now, seven years later, I still enjoy going back and playing the games again.

I recently received the first five games in Switch format for Christmas, and I really enjoyed how nostalgic it made me feel.

I want to hold on to that nostalgia, so I think my next few columns are going to cover my thoughts on FNAF games and lore.

Obviously, there's so much more to talk about!

Until then, if you’d like to get in contact with me or chat about FNAF, add me on Discord at emma#2670 or follow me on Instagram, @emmakarrow.