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Published on August 3rd, 2011 | by Cameron Woolsey

What the Hell is Happening in this Rise of Nightmares Trailer?

Here I was, minding my own damn business, when SEGA comes along and drops a Rise of Nightmares trailer in my lap. They call it the “Red Band” trailer which sounded odd to me but I didn’t think much about it. It was only when I read this line in the email, “This is not your usual family-friendly Kinect game. If you think you can handle it, you can download this intense new trailer here,” that one of my eyebrows raised. I thought to myself, “When was the last time a publisher ever warned me about downloading a trailer?”

Now, typically when a publisher releases a video the email will comes with instructions letting me know if it needs to be behind an age gate to in order to save the eyes of the young and impressionable from reality. But I’ve never been warned myself before downloading a video. Curious, I clicked the link. As the trailer loaded, I quickly learned that warning just … wasn’t enough. Nothing could have prepared me for the nightmare that followed.

The trailer starts off just fine … for the first second or so. Then the music started. Holy crap, that music. As the images flashed by, I felt my mind begin to lapse into darkness.

It was only when I saw this image … I knew it was too late to turn back. I give my own warning: if you cannot handle what I am about to show you … do not scroll down. Remember, some things are not meant to be seen by human eyes. And once they are seen, they can never be unseen.

I thought I might be going crazy, and then I saw this:

There is no God.

What is this? I don’t even…

I don’t exactly recall the rest of the trailer, as it was during this point when my mouth frothed over and I blacked out. I awoke a few hours later, pantless, and some of my chair seemed to have been devoured. From the broken handcuffs still on my wrists I figured I must have had a good time. I think. I could hear nothing but a peculiar buzz and my neighbor carrying on about her missing parakeet. From the look in the mirror I think I tried cutting my own hair.

If you want to risk mild insanity, then feel free to watch the trailer below. I can only hope that my story would convince you of the precious and fleeting gift of sanity. I hope you know what you’re doing. Now, if you excuse me, I have to pick some feathers out of my teeth.

(Enter Age and Refresh to play)

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Video game journalist since 2006, and gaming since he was old enough to use an Atari joystick. Follow me: @Cam_is_16bit

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