Horror Themed Games Which Get The Blood Pumping

Not written by Pumpkin Person


24 years ago, when cult classic game Resident Evil was first released on the market, horror was a relatively unexplored theme in gaming. All previous attempts to establish an entertaining and popular horror-themed game had fallen short of the mark.

Resident Evil was therefore revolutionary, showing developers that with a little bit of imagination and outside of the box thinking, horror could be a successful video game theme. In the years since 1996 horror has become an established gaming genre with memorable titles released across all platforms.

Such is the popularity of horror games that it can be tough to separate the good from the bad and find a game that will truly get your blood pumping. Fortunately for you we’ve collated five of the very best horror themed games that you should be playing now and here they are…

#1 Until Dawn (PS4)

In the late 1990s and early 2000s it was impossible to take a trip to the cinema without seeing a trailer for yet another teen slasher movie. The theme was so popular that director Keenan Wayans chose to satirise it in his 2001 comedy release Scary Movie.

Weirdly the teen slasher craze never migrated from movies to games until 2015 when Supermassive Games released their eminently playable PS4 title Until Dawn. The game follows eight teenagers on a trip to a remote cabin up in the mountains.

They aren’t alone though, there’s a frightening presence amongst them intent on picking them off one by one and it’s up to you to make the decisions that will keep your character alive until dawn. The game manages to straddle the line between movie and game effortlessly and will keep you engaged and on the edge of your seat throughout.

Sony exclusive Until Dawn took the previously untapped teen slasher sub-genre to gaming back in 2015

#2 Nightmare on Elm Street (PC & Mobile)

Slot machines may not be best known for their integration of horror but this effort draws on a classic movie to get your blood pumping. Fans of the cult classic film will recognise all of the terrifying characters featured on the spinning reels.

Whereas spotting Freddy might be cause for concern in usual circumstances it is actually a good sing in this game as the vicious villain is the wild symbol. The slot’s successful integration of music and effects from the film helps to create a feeling of suspense and fear as you play.

Fortunately, your brush with Freddy Krueger can end well though with plenty of cash prizes on offer for players. If you’re not a slots aficionado and you want to earn some money while playing, check out this brilliant guide on how to win at slots before logging on to play.

Seeing Freddy Krueger usually means bad news but in this game you’ll be wishing for his icon to appear as when it does, it will bring money

#3 The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan (PS4, Xbox One & Nintendo Switch)

The success of Until Dawn inspired Supermassive Games to come up with another choice-based horror and this one is an absolute classic. Similarly, to its predecessor, The Dark Pictures follows a group of young adults who come up a cropper in a remote place.

The remote cabin in Until Dawn is replaced with a ghost ship in the South Pacific Sea where the characters worst dreams come to life. Again, your choices in the game influence the outcome of the story and determine who lives and who dies.

What makes The Dark Pictures better than Until Dawn is the interactive Shared Story and Movie Night modes which allow you to play along with your friends in a party.

If you liked Until Dawn you’ll love The Dark Pictures: Man of Medan

#4 Alien: Isolation (PC, PS4 & Xbox One)

The 1979 classic horror film Alien has inspired a series of video game spin-offs over the years, but none can shine a light to Alien: Isolation. Released six years ago this month, Alien: Isolation breathes fresh life into the Alien franchise making the Xenomorph terrifying once again.

In the game you take on the role of Amanda, daughter of Ellen Ripley and begin searching a derelict space station. Along the way you discover that the space station may not be as abandoned as once thought as you encounter the Xenomorph, the same fearsome creature that your Mother once fought.

What makes this game so terrifying to play isn’t the blood and thunder of the Xenomorph, rather it is the subtlety of the direction and the anxiety provoking stealth mode. The atmosphere cultivated by the game is a triumph, making it uncomfortable and engaging at the same time.

The Xenomorph was beginning to lose its fear factor until the release of this game in 2014

#5 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard (PC, PS4 & Xbox One)

At the beginning of this article we discussed how the 1996 release of Resident Evil revolutionised the gaming industry by successfully incorporating horror as a genre. In the near two-and-a-half decades since that first release the Resident Evil still rules the roost when it comes to terrifying, blood pumping horror games.

Three years ago, when Resident Evil 7 was released fans bought the game with trepidation, fearing that it could have been a clunky, forced revival of a cult classic series. Fortunately, their fears were misplaced as the game ended up being the best in the series so far.

Director Koshi Nakanishi called on a zeitgeist of horror films from the past two decades to create a gruelling and deeply unsettling game. There’s still enough nostalgia in the game to delight long-term fans of the series but Resident Evil 7 excels in its own right as a disturbing, modern horror game.

Resident Evil 7 is so terrifying that you might have to play it during the day, with the lights on and with other people in the house….

South Africa’s report card in Math

It would be nice to get NAEP type data from every ethnic group because of the large representative samples of test prepared people who take these tests. It would be especially nice to get such data from post-apartheid South Africa and the statistics below come close.

According to a report

The outcomes of black learners are poorer compared to their coloured, Indian, and white counterparts. For example, in 2016 the proportion of black learners who passed maths with 60% or more was 9%, By contrast, the proportion of whites passing with more than 60% was 52% (the
proportions for coloured and Indian pupils were 20% and 40% respectively). In maths literacy, the figures are even starker – only 8% of black learners passed with a mark of above 60%, compared 20% of
coloured learners, 44% of Indians, and 73% of white learners. Figures for other subjects show similar trend

If we assume maths literacy is a proxy IQ test and force the distribution of all groups onton normal curves with an SD of 15, we get:

South African white IQ = x

South African Indian IQ = x – 11

South African Coloured IQ = x – 21

South African Black IQ = x – 30

But what is x?

We know that South Africa is about:

And we know that their average score on international math tests is about 73. Thus solving for x:

0.807(x – 30) + 0.088(x – 21) + 0.079x + 0.026(x – 11) = 73

0.807x – 24.21 + 0.088x – 1.848 + 0.079x + 0.026x – 0.286 = 73

x = 73 + 24.21 + 1.848 + 0.286

x = 99

So if the white Math IQ is 99, then the IQs of the other groups can be deduced.

Ethnicity IQ (based on the percentage of each population scoring 60%+ on maths literacy relative to the white rate)
whites 99
Indians 88
Coloureds 78
Blacks 69

Of course given the legacy of apartheid and the huge differences in living standards and education quality between these groups, it would be very stupid to take scores on a math test as reflective of actual intelligence, let alone genetic ability. As of 2015 it looks like the percentage of Blacks, Coloureds, Indians and Whites living in poverty is about 40%, 24%, 2% and 0.5% respectively (crude guesses based on eyeballing the below graph):


Mrs Duncan & Oprah’s IQ

When Oprah was in the fourth grade, she was sent briefly to live with her father, a barber in Nashville Tennessee. That year she had Mrs Duncan, who impacted Oprah so profoundly that from that moment on she planned on being a fourth grade teacher. Even after becoming a billionaire talk show host, she continued to view herself as a teacher, even starting her World famous book club and building schools in South Africa.

In the South in the early days of integration, Oprah must have been one of the first black students Mrs Duncan ever had, and while Mrs Duncan remembers Oprah as an ideal student, not even she could have imagined that ideal student would grow up to be the most influential woman on the planet and for years, the World’s ONLY black billionaire.

In 1989, Oprah reunited with Mrs Duncan in one of the sweetest moments in TV history. In emotional moments like this, you can totally see the rare gifts that made Oprah show such a blockbuster success (at it’s peak viewership was three or four times the competion).

But the clip is interesting also because of what it tells us about Oprah’s IQ. Oprah’s fluent reading made her the teacher’s pet, and being the best reader in a typical U.S. class implies top 3% verbal ability. But for Oprah to have dominated the class in reading, she must have been at least 0.5 standard deviations above the second best reader. The second best reader in a class of 30 would be at the one one in 15 level, and someone half an SD higher would be approaching the top 1%.

But because Oprah had jumped from Kindergarten to second grade in only a few weeks, Oprah would have been about 8.75 while the average fourth grader would be 9.5. On the WISC-R IQ test, an 8.75 year-old who is on the top 1% of 9.5-year-olds in say Vocabulary, would be in the top 0.5 to 0.1% for her own age group (Verbal IQ 140 – 145). Let’s say a verbal IQ 143. This might be an underestimate because if Oprah’s class were far bigger than 30 students, she might still have been the best reader by a noticeable margin, but I err on the conservative side because Oprah recalls being a terrible writer when she started her TV career (it’s one of the reasons she switched from hard news to hosting talk shows).

Oprah remembers herself as a fluent reader but not very good at math (not “getting” long division). However Mrs Duncan recalls Oprah not struggling with anything and grasping concepts readily. Let’s split the difference and assume Oprah did grasp long division, but only barely. In other words, when it came to math, she was like an average 9.5-year-old (typical fourth grader) despite being 8.75. On the WISC-R Arithmetic subtest, a 8.75-year-old who performs like an average 9.5-year-old would be in the 63rd to 75 percentile or roughly a math IQ of 108.

However, Oprah was in the fourth grade during the 1960s and prior to the 1980s, blacks scored the equivalent of 10 IQ points lower on reading tests than they do today suggesting reading tests were underestimating their IQs, so let’s add 10 points to Oprah’s verbal IQ, making it 153.

Similarly, math tests underestimated them by 4 points, so let’s bring Oprah’s math IQ from 108 to 112.

Given a 0.58 correlation between reading and math in the general U.S. population (WIAT manual), a composite IQ of nearly 140 is implied. Such spectacular intellect, combined with great energy, charisma and the support of mentors like Mrs Duncan, helped Oprah overcome racism, sexism, classism, colorism, illegitimacy, fat phobia, poverty and abuse to become the billionaire Queen of all Media.

The IQs of PP readers

Over the years I’ve made many attempts to estimate the IQs of my readers. Let’s take a look down memory lane:

Gestalt test (Estimated mean self-reported IQ 127 )(U.S. norms)

Based on self-reported performance on a Gestalt test, I estimated my readers have a mean IQ of 123 with an SD of 16 or 19.5 (depending on how Gestalt IQ is calculated). But as a commenter noted, the Gestalt test was normed in Ontario which has a mean IQ of 106 (U.S. norms) and Canada as whole has an SD only 89% as large as America’s (Ontario’s SD is not known).

On a scale where the American mean is set at 100 with an SD of 15, Ontarians are likely 106 with an SD of say,13.4. Using the same U.S. norms, my readers would thus average IQ 127 (SD 14 to 17)

Professionally tested (Mean self-reported IQ 129)(U.S. norms)

Back in May 2017 I befriely ran a comprehensive poll of my readers which included the question What was your most recent score on an official professionally administered individual IQ test taken in the last 10 years? An astonishing 59% claimed they were professionally tested, and their self-reported scores had a mean of 129 with an SD of 21 (U.S. norms). Of course self-reported polls (even anonymous ones) can’t always be taken at face value. There is self-selection in who answers which questions. There are trolls self-reporting IQs as low as 40 or as high as 160+. In addition some of the tests might have been used outdated or non-American norms. Nonetheless, a beautiful bell-like curve emerged:

The SAT (Mean self-reported score equated to IQ 132)(U.S. norms)

Perhaps the single best data-set was from 2015 when I asked readers to select their SAT scores (verbal + math) along with whether they had taken the test before of after the April 1995 re-centering. When converted to IQ equivalents (U.S. norms) readers averaged 132 with an SD of 20. Since 91% of American readers who were old enough to have taken the SAT/ACT had actually done so, those who took the SAT seem representative of American readers as a whole and it’s unlikely that the distribution would change much if the 9% who had not taken it could be forced to do so.

Although the distribution does not form as bell-shaped a curve as the previous graph, there is little evidence of trolling. Till this day no one has ever claimed a perfect score on the pre-recentered SAT. Perhaps this is because the primary troll is “Mug of Pee” and he restrained himself from trolling this one poll out of reverence for the SAT which he considers the best IQ test.


Gestalt test: Mean IQ 127 SD 14 to 17

Professional IQ test: Mean 129 SD 21

SAT IQ equivalent: Mean 132 SD 20

Average of all three: Mean IQ 129 SD 19

Jonathan Wai method

Professor Jonathan Wai has argued that you can estimate how many top 1% minds are in a group by counting how many elite school alums are in that group. The elite school alums and the top 1% minds will not necessarily be the same people, but the frequency of one arguably predicts the frequency of the other. Assuming the group does not actively select for elite alums, this approach might work.

In 2015, a poll of my readers found that of the 61 respondents who were both American and old enough to be alums, an astonishing 62% claimed to be elite alums implying 62%of my readers have IQs of 135+ (U.S. norms).

I find that hard to believe, but it’s one more piece of evidence pointing to the mean IQ of my readers being somewhere around the +2 SD mark.

Shocking video of female Covid attending party

The below video is of a Tex Tech student:

According to a comment on Reddit, her SAT score was below 800.

Pumpkinperson.com has not been able to independently confirm that but assuming she took the post 2016 SAT, that would equate to an IQ below 85 (U.S. norms) or below 80 (white norms). It seems the lower the IQ, the less seriously the virus is being taken.

Canada’s IQ

On a scale where American’s average 100 with an SD of 15, Canadian’s have a WAIS-IV full-scale IQ of 104.5 with an SD of 13.4.

Interestingly, American whites score almost as high as Canadians. They have a full-scale IQ of 103.4 with an SD of 14.

If we set the U.S. white mean to be 100 with an SD of 15 (the first IQ tests were normed only on whites), then Canadians have a mean of 101 with an SD of 14.4. So Canadians have virtually identical IQs to American whites. It’s unclear what the IQs of Canadian whites are but I suspect they’re identical to Canadians as a whole.

A second look at the IQ of PP readers

In my last article I wrote:

Based on the 352 self-reported Gestalt scores, we get the following IQ distribution of Pumpkin Person readers.

We could simply calculate the mean and SD, but given the ceiling bumping (26% got a perfect score) it seems wiser to convert each IQ into a percentile and then a normalized Z score with respect to blog readers.

IQ 74 = 1.13 percentile = -2.27
IQ 90 = 4.39 percentile = -1.73
IQ 98 = 8.225 percentile = -1.4
IQ 106 = 17.6 percentile = -0.93
IQ 114 = 29.68 percentile = -0.53
IQ 121 = 47.15 percentile = -0.07
IQ 129 = 67.04 percentile = +0.47

From here we get the following line of best fit:

y = 122.61+19.546x

The Y intercept = the mean and the slope = standard deviation.

Thus I estimate that on a scale where random whites score 100 with an SD of 15 my readers have a mean IQ of 123 with a standard deviation of 19.5. Such a huge SD is a bit hard to believe but it could be because IQ blogs attract both geniuses and the mentally impaired, thus pulling the curve to both extremes.

It seemed suspicous to me that my readers would have such a huge SD, so I decided to look more closely at the Gestalt test. The Gestalt test was normed using a randomish sample of 14 white Ontarian youngish adults who obtained the following raw scores:

3.5, 3, 2.5, 2.5, 2, 2, 1.5, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0.5, 0.5.

This distribution has a mean of 1.64 and a standard deviation of 0.95 so these numbers were equated to 100 and 15 respectively (the IQ scale). But if the difficulty increase between items is too large or uneven, this might not give a normal distribution, so to be safe, I assigned each raw score a percentile based on where they ranked in the sample of 14 and then equated each percentile to the appropriate IQ on the bell curve:

3.5 = 14/14 = 100 percentile

3 = 13/14 = 92.86 percentile = IQ 122

2.5 = 11.5/14 = 82.14 percentile = IQ 114

2 = 9.5/14 = 67.86 percentile = IQ 107

1.5 = 8/14 = 57.14 percentile = IQ 103

1 = 5/14 = 35.71 percentile = IQ 94

0.5 = 1.5/14 = 10.71 percentile = IQ 81

Armed with these new IQs, I once again found the percentile that each IQ equated to among my readers and the corresponding normalized Z score

IQ 94 = 4.39 percentile = -1.73
IQ 103 = 8.225 percentile = -1.4
IQ 107 = 17.6 percentile = -0.93
IQ 114 = 29.68 percentile = -0.53
IQ 122 = 47.15 percentile = -0.07

This time the line of best fit was:

y = 122.818 + 15.89x

In other words, my readers have a mean IQ of about 123 with an SD of about 16, which sounds more plausible then the absurdly high SD of 19.5 I got before I normalized the Gestalt IQs.

IQ distribution of PP readers

Based on the 352 self-reported Gestalt scores, we get the following IQ distribution of Pumpkin Person readers.

We could simply calculate the mean and SD, but given the ceiling bumping (26% got a perfect score) it seems wiser to convert each IQ into a percentile and then a normalized Z score with respect to blog readers.

IQ 74 = 1.13 percentile = -2.27
IQ 90 = 4.39 percentile = -1.73
IQ 98 = 8.225 percentile = -1.4
IQ 106 = 17.6 percentile = -0.93
IQ 114 = 29.68 percentile = -0.53
IQ 121 = 47.15 percentile = -0.07
IQ 129 = 67.04 percentile = +0.47

From here we get the following line of best fit:

y = 122.61+19.546x

The Y intercept = the mean and the slope = standard deviation.

Thus I estimate that on a scale where random whites score 100 with an SD of 15 my readers have a mean IQ of 123 with a standard deviation of 19.5. Such a huge SD is a bit hard to believe but it could be because IQ blogs attract both geniuses and the mentally impaired, thus pulling the curve to both extremes.

Could Donald Trump be on the autism spectrum?

At first glance the idea of Trump being on the autistic spectrum is prima facie absurd. For autistics have impaired social cognition and Trump is one of the most accomplished politicians of our time (despite no political experience, he defeated a platoon of Republicans and the Clinton machine to become President of the United States).

But then Lion of the Blogosphere claimed autism might be in Trump’s family. Well that’s strange I thought. We’d expect a nerdy billionaire like Bill Gates to have an autistic relative, not an alpha-male one like Trump.

In science, it’s such novel and unexpected facts, when fully explored that lead to new understanding. The new understanding might be that autism has nothing to with nerdiness as Lion also had once noted:

I am rejecting an idea I previously had, and which seems common on the internet, that nerdiness is a mild form of Asperger’s Syndrome, or that all nerds have that syndrome. The reason why there is a lot of overlap between nerds and Aspies is because they are both social outcasts, and as social outcasts they both fail to learn the correct behaviors of the popular kids, but the reasons for why they become social outcasts differ. Boys who have a combination of high neuroticism, introversion, small/weak/bad athletic skills, and ugly appearance, are at risk for being excluded from the popular kids groups, and thus become nerds. Unlike Aspies who are often completely antisocial and become interested in weird things like train schedules, nerdy boys are social with other nerds and they have shared nerdy interests like science-fiction television shows and video games. To further confuse things, Aspies often fall into their orbit because the nerdy clique is more welcoming of a weird Aspie than the popular kids clique. And nerds can appear to be anti-social because they are often shy, but it’s not the same cause as Aspie anti-socialness.

Instead of being nerds, Lion noted that autistics lack mimicking instincts.:

Humans are born with a natural instinct to copy the behavior of other humans, and to seek approval of people with higher status in the social group. For people born with autism, this instinct is missing or lacking. For this reason, true autistics fail to learn how to speak because as I’ve previously pointed out, languages are learned by mimicking rather than by reasoning, and learning by mimicking doesn’t happen when a child is born without the instinct to copy his parents.

Partial autistics, in other words those who have Asperger’s Syndrome, do enough mimicking to learn how to talk, but they don’t acquire the fully expressive language abilities of normal children, and they also don’t acquire the correct social behaviors, facial expressions, etc, because those are also learned by mimicking. Lacking the natural copycat instincts of normal children, they usually become social outcasts because they fail to copy the behaviors of the other children and become part of the group. They also tend to pick up odd interests because they lack the copycat instinct of normal children who choose their interests based on what other children like, or what their parents convince them to like.

Aha I thought! This perfectly explains Trump. He lacks the mimicking instincts to copy the virtue signaling of other elites and thus speaks freely about banning Muslims and other immigrants and brags openly about his wealth. His ridiculous hair, trophy wife, orange spray tan, gold plated decorating, and KFC eating shows he lacks the instinct to copy other members of his social class and thus relates better to working class whites than he does other billionares.

As Lion noted, full autistics are so lacking in mimicking that they never learn to speak. Partial autistics (i.e. aspies) do enough mimicking to speak (often at advanced level), but not enough to be political. Perhaps Trump is a partial aspie, so he does enough mimicking to be political, but not enough to fit in with the fine-dining high social class in-which he was born. By failing to mimic the class in-which he was born, the white working class worship him as the one billionaire who is one of them and who will fight for working class interests. By behaving the way most working class whites would if they had billions of dollars (gold plated home, trophy wife) Trump becomes a God-like figure in their eyes.

Trump rejects the fine dining of other elites for a nice greasy bucket of KFC

Number sequence IQ test

Commenter Rahul wanted me to post about a number sequence test he found online called NUMERUS BASIC . At first I didn’t want to do so because I hate number sequence tests, but maybe other people will like it so here’s a link.

The reason I hate number sequence tests is you never no when to give up trying different possibilities. As a result you can waste a lot of time on wild goose chases. I prefer tests where you either know the answer or you don’t, and you either know you can figure out how to solve it or you don’t.

Although it’s worth noting that perhaps the smartest person I’ve ever encountered (online or off) was superhuman when it came to number sequences. Virtually no one could create a number sequence that could stump him, and some of these number sequences had nothing whatsoever to do with math.

One thing that struck me is how similar NUMERUS BASIC is to the PATMA in programming design so whoever wrote this test appears to be at least as advanced as me in programming skills (which is not that advanced). It’s basically the exact same computer program but with different test questions but I’m very new to programming so maybe this design is standard.

If you took NUMERUS BASIC please let us know how you did in the anonymous poll below: