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I was playing Amnesia: The Dark Descent, for a second playthrough as I heard that there were multiple endings. Right at the start, as you walk down the initial castle hallways, your character's view starts to become blurred and the camera goes all over the place in a slow, scary fashion. When it began to pan downwards and blur hardcore, my computer chair's suspension broke and my seat softly floated down in sync with it. It scared me so much that I immediately went straight to bed. It was 6pm. I still don't know if there is multiple endings.-Anonymous
When I was young, both of my parents were avid fans of SMB3 and LoZ. One time, I just happened to see Zelda II's 'game over' screen that displays Ganon's shadow and plays a noise I still can't identify. For years afterward, I was so traumatized by the image that I was too scared to go near a window at night.-Mitch
I was in the infamous "Barrel of Doom" in Sonic 3's Carnival Night Zone Act 2. There I was, bouncing away for forty five minutes straight without making any progress at all, and my 10-year-old patience was just about at its limits. When Tails screwed up my bounce timing for the umpteenth time, I screamed like a man (boy?) possessed and threw the controller into the TV, where it was lodged and wouldn't budge even when my dad got involved with his toolbox. I was banned from the Sega or any other game machine until I bought a Playstation with my own money years later.-Anonymous