Hi, my name is Kyle, and I am going to be telling my most terrifying video game experience when I was just 20.
It all started on November 17, 1982, at a recently built arcade in northern Ohio. I had just finished playing Pac-Man at around 7 PM, and I was about to exit the front door and walk to my car so I could go get myself some fast food at McDonald's or at Burger King, when a man in black suit wearing sunglasses prevented me from leaving. Then, he said something to me that I never forget.
"You have been chosen to test an arcade game by Namco that has been announced to come out to arcades in March of 1983," the man spoke with a deep voice. "Would you like to accept this offer? This might be the best decision in your lifetime."
I found this odd, because no one had ever came up to me and ask something like this before. But I soon forgot about it because of all the excitement that had built up inside of me. After all, this game hadn't been released yet, and this would probably never happen again, so I agreed with the man.
"Very well," he said as he looked at his digital watch, only to be shocked to see what time it was on his watch. "Oh crap! We need to hurry, because it starts in exactly eight minutes! Follow behind me please, we can't waste anymore time, or else you'll miss your opportunity!"
I ran behind him until we reached the back of the arcade, then he got out a pair of brass keys, and then he opened a door to what looked like a basement. As I walked down the stairs, I saw a lot of arcade cabinets, except that they had no decal art on any of the cabinets. But I shrugged it off, because I knew they were prototypes of the game.
"Follow me to that red pad over in that corner, and once you step on that pad, do not move under any circumstances, you will disintegrate if you do." The man told me with caution. That sent chills down my spine, because I didn't want to disintegrate into a pile of ash. No one would know how I died, and they would never know what I wanted them to do for me after my death. So I didn't move a muscle. And then he pushed a button, and he counted down all the way to zero. Then, the last words I heard before teleporting into the game dimension were from the man. "I'll meet you inside!" He shouted into my ear before I disappeared into the game.
When I arrived inside the game, the first thing I saw was absolutely terrifying. The sky was a depressing gray, the sun was blood red, and the landscape was replaced with a barren wasteland with large cemetery. When I looked around more closely, I saw a large decrepit mansion in the distance, and so I ran towards it. It only took 5 minutes to get to the mansion, and I sat down on the steps to take a break. Suddenly, I saw a little girl who was smiling, and she waved at me. I smiled at the girl, and I waved back. I turned around for just one second, and when I turned back around, she was already gone.
I went to go take a closer look, I took just ten steps forward, then the girl appeared out of nowhere, and she looked more terrifying than the first time. Here eyes were gouged out, and here regular teeth were replaced with piranha sharp teeth. Then she leapt towards me and bit my arm. There was a little chunk of flesh and veins missing, and I screamed in agony. I was sick of this girl already, and I slapped her across the face, and then I proceeded to run into the mansion and then lock the door.
Unfortunately, it didn't get any better than that. Inside the decrepit mansion were dead bodies everywhere and blood that was splattered across the walls, and pools of it in every room. I began to get worried about what would happen next. I had a good reason to be worried too. Before I was teleported inside, the man I would be trapped inside here until I killed a "certain enemy", but I didn't know what kind of enemy he meant. I was going to be trapped inside for the rest of my life.
My worries began to come true when I heard loud banging coming from the door, and a ear piercing scratching coming from the window. I didn't have anything to defend myself with except for my bare fists. Then the front door fell on the floor and at the front of the porch was the girl. She let out a menacing screech, and ran towards me. I ran up the stairs and stopped at the other set of stairs. I didn't know what to do, until I found an axe lying on the floor. I picked it up, and gripped on to it as I chopped off her terrifying face. Her head flew towards the other side of the room and landed right by the front door. Her body fell down the stairs and as it hit the floor, it made a loud thud. She was dead, and would never come back.
Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw the man at the bottom of the stairs. I was filled with relief and excitement, because I thought it was all over, but little did I know, that things would take a more terrifying turn. As I ran down the stairs to ask him what the "certain enemy" was, he just laughed and shook his head.
"Wow. I'm surprised you never even knew! The person that you need to kill... ...is me." the man said to me in a not surprising tone.
My jaw dropped after he said those words. How did I not know that he had lured me into a death trap? Did I overlook something that I must've missed? I really could not believe that he did this to me. I was both surprised and filled with fury.
"What?! I have to kill you? This is very confusing to me. Tell me why I need to kill you." I asked the man curiously. He laughed out loud and then he explained to me everything that he had did for his horrifying plan.
"I did this because I need to make one more sacrifice and eat it all for your most hated enemy, Satan. After I give him this sacrifice, Satan will make me second in command and I will take over the world with him, and then we will have unlimited power!! And that sacrifice is you!" He explained to me as he looked straight at me with his bloodshot eyes. I now scared as ever, and I needed to kill this guy fast before he could take over the world along with Satan.
I grabbed the axe that I had used to kill the little girl with, and I clutched onto it with my hands as hard as I possibly could. The man laughed, and pulled out a handgun from his pocket. He fired first, and then I moved a bit closer towards him. Once I was close enough, I threw the axe straight towards his head and his head came off. Then a bunch of rats came and ate his rotten corpse. But I wasn't done yet. After the gun fight, a bunch of scary children appeared in front of me. They ran straight toward me, and two of the bit my bad arm. Then I picked up the handgun and shot all of them, except for this one demonic boy. He wasn't taking damage. He walked towards me, ready to eat my body, when a portal showed up. I ran toward it, and I was teleported back to the real world.
After this experience, I called the cops so they could figure out what this guy was doing this whole time. It wasn't until later that the cops told me it was a project that the CIA were doing that was called "Project Madness". They also told me that they picked the test subjects randomly instead of studying people to save more time. There were 99 deaths during the project before I stopped it. And if I had died, Satan would've taken over the earth.
I forgot about this experience until about a week ago when I found a game by Namco, and it was Doorway to Madness. I ran out of that arcade and drove home, only to find my daughter dead on the kitchen floor with a gunshot to her head, her cause of death was listed as suicide. And still, I am still waiting for that last piece of evil to fight me.