The Squid Game is a puzzle game where the player controls a cute, little “squid” (that’s the game’s name, by the way) through several stages of progressively more difficult puzzles. There are no enemies or hazards in Squid Geminis, and there are no hearts or stars to collect. The objective of the game is to find all the colorful squares on the screen and place them in a dot. When these dots are placed, they light up and become highlighted until a player clicks on it, causing it to disappear.
That’s really all there is to Squid. But did you know that the game has been named one of the most popular apps for kids on YouTube and that it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Children’s App? It has won several awards, including one for Best Graphics. What does it mean for a game to be considered scary or gory, and how does it factor into your opinion?
In a way, Squid Game scared me. I wasn’t very excited about playing the game, and I doubt that most viewers will be either. But as I played the game, I began to understand why it is so frightening. It’s probably because it takes a lot of thought and effort to make something that is only visually stunning and then place a huge amount of effort into making the “game” seem less simple and making it appear more difficult than it actually is. For example, the level designed to be easiest is actually the most tricky part of the whole game, and if the player doesn’t know what they’re doing, they could easily get stuck at that part and have to go back to the starting level, before they know what to do.
Another reason why Squid Geminis is scary is the way that the game is presented, especially on YouTube. Every episode has its own unique trailer, and since Squid games are popular, many people are watching the TV show, making sure they get every single second of the fun. This means that any mistake, even the slightest one, can be seen by millions of people and instantly scares them. If there was a mistake in one episode, viewers would boycott the whole series, and this would mean loss of income for the company, which is airing the TV series.
This is why it’s important to use a good video editing program, such as After Effects, to fix mistakes in videos, and edit out clips when needed. Also, some viewers might not want to wait for the full version to be available for their viewing pleasures, and might prefer to view the “old” clips in their “highlight” position. In this case, it’s not a problem, as YouTube features an option to switch to the “old” version so viewers can enjoy watching the show, even though they missed the last few seconds. So, if you want to make your Squid Geminis video scary, be sure to keep these tips in mind.
For starters, if your video is showing a frog on the screen with two squid pointing at him, this means death. While this is a common joke in the real world, in the virtual world it’s a big deal. For real-life frog fans who watched the show, this means death for the poor guy, so if you’re going to add comedy, try to keep it as light-hearted as possible. Another way to make it scary is to have the frog point at something scary, like the moon, or the sun, or the blood on Squid’s shirt.
Another way to make your video scary is to add in horror music, or insert a live action shot of someone getting killed. For example, the song, “Wake Up” by OSHA plays when a freak from underneath the water drops to attack a tourist, a lot of people are very scared of this man. If you can find someone who’s getting attacked by this freak, and show them how the attack came about, you may get some votes for the best video, which will be shown.
A real life example of this game can be found on YouTube, there’s a disturbing underwater video called Under the Sea Scary. In this video, you can see a crab that looks like a cross between a squid and an alien. This creature is attacking an oil rig and quickly gains the upper hand. With this sudden and brutal action, you can clearly see that yes, “Is Squid Game scary?”