Twitch Plays With Your Head: Daylight’s Streaming Screams


Daylight, despite its balmy, flower-scented hug of a name, is meant to be scary. Wicked scary. If you have pants, they will be scared off your person. Your pants will leave you to die. It’s a fascinating experiment, too, because many of the game’s levels and scares are procedurally generated, hopefully leading to high replayability in a genre that typically goes cold after you’ve figured out where all the boogiemen live. But that, apparently, is only the beginning. Developer Zombie Studios has introduced a new wrinkle: the ability for Twitch users to enter commands into chat ala Twitch Plays Pokemon and produce spine-chilling, flesh-rattling effects. Like kitties meowing! Seriously. Details and release info below.

Daylight is now set to launch on April 8th for $14.99/£11.99, and it’ll take place in and around an asylum, which is something no horror anything has ever done before. You’ve got your spooky rooms, spooky forests, spooky prisons, and spooky things of which we can’t even conceive (largely because Zombie hasn’t told us about them yet).

Snark aside, I’m absolutely willing to overlook a trite setting if Daylight delivers on randomization and stream-powered scares. There are some (much-needed) limits, though. As publisher Atlus told Eurogamer, “[The Twitch keywords] are all on timers, so you can’t spam them. That would be ridiculous.” This part sounds rather promising too: “We’re not going to tell you the list of words. You’re going to have to find them through experimentation.”

Given that horror has gained an especially big following on places like YouTube and Twitch, all of this makes a lot of sense. Oh, and Daylight was built with Oculus Rift support in mind on top of all that, so it’s certainly one of the more forward-thinking horror games to spring out of gaming’s conspicuously oozing closet in quite some time.

I hope it comes together in a suitably scary fashion. All these untested moving parts could easily collapse into abject purposelessness, but we’ll just have to wait and see. Me, though, I’m prepared for anything. I’ve got a warm bowl of milk and enough catnip to fell a pack of enraged lionesses. Let’s do this.


Top comments

  1. fish99 says:

    I wanna see Twitch plays Dark Souls.
  1. RPSRSVP says:

    This is going to be the first game out that was done in the Unreal 4 engine.I ‘ll check this out, reasonable price, why not?

  2. Tei says:

    Pokemon is strangelly fitting for TPP because is turn based and hard to lose. The RPG part of the game make so if you put a lot of hours into it you will get better, but still theres room in Pokemon to ruin your posibilities or make things horrible. Is excellent fitting. It will take a long time until somebody find another game that fit with twich commands spam in chat. Also pokemon is very popular, so this helps a lot to make the stream so popular, that also result in people creating all that fanfiction around it that make the experience better.

  3. BLACKOUT-MK2 says:

    It certainly sounds interesting, but I don’t feel like playing anything which makes me have to clean more clothes than neccessary, nor throw them out completely.

  4. fish99 says:

    I wanna see Twitch plays Dark Souls.

    • Moraven says:

      Would be surprised if there isn’t one already. All the Twitch Play copy cats and they are going to fail miserable. Pokemon just works for the format. Turn based and it is not hard on the player when you fail.

      Any real time action game will not work. Funny for 10 minutes but after that it will end.

      Maybe, just maybe if you had 1000+ commands inputting it might work. It would be like people controlling a Voltron but only their own section.

      • fish99 says:

        I’m sure you’re right, I just find the idea amusing :)

        TBH the 20+ second delay Twitch has now would ruin any real-time game sadly.

      • tasteful says:

        twitch plays nethack would work well enough

  5. Smion says:

    I just hope widespread support of the Oculus Rift leads to the death of scare-cams.

    • johnkillzyou says:

      Considering most youtubers prominently feature their faces whilst using the Rift, it is unlikely.

  6. MithrilWomble says:

    Why does no one ever clean up an abandoned asylum? Is it really that hard to move a metal bed frame to the dumpster? It’s on wheels for God’s sake!

    • theslap says:

      There is a famous abandoned asylum near my alma mater. The asylum was never cleaned up either. You can walk through certain parts where doors have been busted open. Still loads of beds and old furniture. It’s very surreal.

    • Widthwood says:

      Also, where’s all the graffiti, crap on the floor, groups of teenagers, broken bottles and homeless people?

      Completely unrealistic.

  7. Dozer says:

    Your pants will leave you to die.

    This explains the “And the pants were dead” line in Half Life: Full Life Consequences.

  8. Bury The Hammer says:

    Surprised that RPS haven’t mentioned Twitch Plays Pokemon before this. Yes, the original was on a Gameboy, but it’s the PC format that has made it possible. It’s also interesting to observe, from a social perspective, the social effects on the playerbase, dividing into factions and trying to co-ordinate massive amounts of people – similar, but not too similar to Eve.

    Anyway, it’s good to see that something has been influenced by this, but as others have mentioned, Pokemon is uniquely suited to mass interactivity in ways that lots of other games aren’t. Not only is it turn based and lag forgiving, but a lot of people observing probably know the game extremely well.