I was going to write a post on Rick & Morty, but things went sideways on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at roughly 2:00 in the afternoon. I don’t exactly remember the events that transpired, but this was whatever I did either culminated to or started with the following:
The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise needs to stop.
I’m fighting back every urge to fill this entry with hatred and spite towards the series. If one said that I’m saying these things because I don’t like the games, well…they would only be half-wrong.
I used to be a part of the FNAF fanbase. I watched Markiplier and Jacksepticeye play through the games. I indulged myself in hours of fan theories. The lore and story fascinated me.
Then Five Nights 4 came out. I think it had something to do with the series no longer being a trilogy, but a franchise. Or that it came back in force after 2 and 3. Or that I met…how should I say this…obsessed members of the fanbase.
I was walking through the aisles of my local department store, and there was a display of FNAF plushies in the toy aisle.
Then it hit me. This game is a video game that I would peg as M-rated (it currently has no rating)…marketed to children. I would be fine with either of those traits were they separate. (M-rated or marketed to kids, not both.)
There may be no such thing as bad publicity, but I don’t care. I know my words may mean nothing, but some things need to be said.
Dear Scott Cawthon,
I am impressed with the work that you have done with the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise. You defied the tropes and cliches of the horror genre to bring a unique, scary, and quote-unquote “clean” experience.
But you’re a Christian.
And I’m certain that you realize your audience is mostly children.
So, I ask you this: What. Kind. Of. Christian. Intentionally. Scares. Children? When I found out that I was “scary,” I didn’t go around actively trying to scare people. And I still live in fear that I’ll give somebody nightmares. I never thought I’d hear myself say this, but at least Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and Dead Space have (or had) the decency to say that their games aren’t kid-friendly.
I understand that there is a difference between a Christian artist and an artist who happens to be a Christian. And your faith does show through your work. Nevertheless, I cannot help but be skeptical when the primary target audience for anything “scary” becomes children.
P.S.: Sister Location? Seriously?