Saturday, May 7, 2011

►Asylum 626 & Hotel 626 - The haunted houses

And hell, yeah these are the scariest websites in the world.

Before you can enter, you need to sign up for reservation, and also it is open from 6pm to 6am only, so if you want to play this game then might be good to follow their time schedule, and also for the best feel of this game you need a headset and just turn your lights off.
Strange noises echo in the distance. Your breath quickens, your heart pounds, and some animal instinct screams that you need to get out. You throw on your shirt, dash into the hallway, and then the real game begins.

The storytelling technique they used was to put the user inside of the game. To give you instructions, they gave you vague phrases that you had to interpret in order to figure out what you were supposed to do to escape. The entire thing is really just a huge Doritos plug, so if this is how Doritos is appealing to customers, they definitely picked an original way to do it.

First of all, Hotel 626 is only open at night. Why? Because it's scary at night. You're trapped in a haunted hotel and believe me, it's truly haunted. Even the entrance page sends a chill down my spine. The site plays out in first person with lots of heavy breathing. It is particularly impressive because it embraces all the latest options in website interaction by using your webcam, your microphone, and even your mobile phone. If you want to experience this site full-force, then lock your doors, draw the curtains, put your headphones on, wait until midnight, and…don't blink.

For those of you who are either too impatient or scared of the dark, you can change the time on your computer to access this site before its opening hours (just remember to change your clock back when you are finished).
This game is an amazingly innovative, beautifully-produced nightmare of a game. After "checking in" (giving the website your name, email and creating a password), you are immediately whisked away into the opening movie: your awakening, in the middle of the night, in your room at this hellish hotel.

Asylum 626

We begin with a warning: This game is not for the faint of heart or those under 18. Asylum 626 has a plot yanked straight from an R-rated horror movie, complete with the requisite blood, screaming and slashing inherent to the current scary movie style.

You awake to find yourself in some sort of operating room, strapped to a gurney with creepy doctors lurking over you. One picks up a handsaw and slowly starts towards you…


Agency: Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, San Francisco
Executive Creative Directors: Rick Condos, Hunter Hindman
Associate Creative Director: Marc Sobier
Copywriter: Michelle Hirschberg
Art Director: Tim Semple
Agency Producers: Maggie O’Brien, Margaret McLaughlin
Production Company: B-Reel Films, New York/Stockholm
Director: Tom Malmros
Creative Directors: Petter Westlund, Seth Weisfeld
Executive Producers: Niklas Lindstrom, Nicole Muniz

These two websites are really a cool. I was amazed and stunned by the effects and the reality of the environment. Because when you play it, you can feel that you’re somewhat there, especially when your volume turned to fullest.
Try it and see for yourself. And one more thing, be very aware, play it your own risk.

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