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Glen Schofield, the co-founder of Sledgehammer Games and the creator/director of Dead Space, goes in-depth on the development of the classic third-person horror shooter. Glen set out to create the scariest video game of all-time, borrowing gameplay elements from Resident Evil 4 to create a product with a unique blend of horror and action. Always upping the ante, the Dead Space team decided to create a massive dreadful tentacle that attacks and drags the game's protagonist around the environment. Little did they know, this element would prove far more difficult to develop then they had ever realized.. Gameplay footage used in this video: SHN Survival Horror Network RabidRetrospectGames Jacob Danik Psyche Carlitox Sam Mucha DEAD SPACE Full Game Gameplay Walkthrough - No Commentary (2018 Ver. 1.0) https://youtu.be/nqvYW0xsyCU (RabidRetrospectGames) Dead Space 4K 60fps Longplay Walkthrough Gameplay No Commentary https://youtu.be/NkXzYBxrGrg (SHN Survival Horror Network) Dead Space All Death Scenes HD 1080p 60 fps PC.mp4 https://youtu.be/fTuH9u545qw (Jacob Danik) Resident Evil 4 PS4Pro Full HD 1080p 60fps Longplay Walkthrough Gameplay No Commentary https://youtu.be/g5GrJrdM0sM (SHN Survival Horror Network) Resident Evil Director's Cut Walkthrough Part 1 Without Commentary https://youtu.be/FRPAaeIjZ3o (Psyche Carlitox) RE4 Blind Claw Guy.mp4 https://youtu.be/AjwhaMizbP8 (Sam Mucha) Silent Hill Homecoming HD 1080p Walkthrough Longplay Gameplay Lets Play No Commentary.mp4 https://youtu.be/RRLc4VdAxic Connect with Ars Technica: Visit ArsTechnica.com: http://arstechnica.com Follow Ars Technica on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arstechnica Follow Ars Technica on Google+: https://plus.google.com/+ArsTechnica/videos Follow Ars Technica on Twitter: https://twitter.com/arstechnica How Dead Space's Scariest Scene Almost Killed the Game | War Stories | Ars Technica

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Commander Wyro : remember when developers had freedom of their games? now its all about the publishers making money

Nij99 : 3 million views in less than 3 weeks, about a game/franchise that was killed years ago. Bring it back - Now.

Elann Suvat : Wish I was a billionaire. I would buy the Dead Space IP and hire the guys from the original Dead Space team. I think that would make MANY people joyful.

myperro77 : "Hopefuly some day I'll make one of those games again" Oof

Punished Creepswork : being a sound engineer, dead space still gets me.

David Johnson : I will never forgive EA for meddling in and eventually killing this franchise.

Fat Al : Don't foget that they introduced one of the coolest handguns in videogame history!

Ryan Wallace : I use Dead Space to cure my constipation

Omari_X 65 : Unpopular Opinion: I enjoyed Dead Space 3. Was it the worst in the series? Sure. Did I have a good time with it? Absolutely

Rickydo : This video made me hate EA even more now. Much respect for this guy and the team behind DS

WalterFromHeaven : "I WANTED TO CREATE THE SCARIEST HORROR GAME EVER" *WELL GODDAMN HE DID IT* -By the way, this is my worse nightmare concept. as a kid, i was hell scared of the plain zombie concept, and now that im almost officially an adult guy, and this... gives me the creeps every time i watch. I really like horrors, jigsaw, classics, alien, now zombie too, but this.. my god i watched an animation, a cartoon i guess,( fans of this sure know what i mean) and i had nightmares for 3 days... Im not a little girl, im not an easily scared guy but this concept, whole story and thing just mixed up my worse fears and put them together into this Ded Sp4ce. VERY DISTURBING. -

thefrenchspy81 : One of my friends was a programmer on this game. He left the company we worked at together to go to EA. He was so proud of Dead Space when it came out he sent a bunch of us copies of it because he couldnt tell us what he was working on during dev. It made me extremely happy to see that he was being used to his full potential on a great game. Good video.

TheFrenchy82 : I'm still amazed how the user interface of Dead Space was so "ahead of its time"....

Logan K : A true masterpiece, one of my favorite games of all time...and I dont like horror games

samurai641 : They shipped the game two weeks early, having fixed all of the bugs they found. Now think about modern releases. Let that sink in.

Roger Campo : I always thought Dead Space was a love letter to Resident Evil, I'm so happy to hear the confirmation.

xxnike629xx : We need a Dead Space Collection on PS4 remastered on disc in 4K.

Mickazilla : wow, dead space was made by William J. Blazkowicz

dmaxcustom : Dead Space was the only game where I could only play in small burst. Because there was only so much my body could take.

blasztr : Dead Space 1 & 2 were excellent.

sackchief : This is a great video. Very insightful for horror game development.

Dylan Green : The atmosphere of the original dead space and rapture in Bioshock are top notch

Steve Walker : Dead Space 1 and 2 are God Tier games

Reindeer Games : Capcom should hire this guy a continue the Dead Space series without micro transactions

Spidey Parker : YouTube recommendations got right this time...

Mud : Ultimately is was EA who killed it. RIP Dead Space.

Giovanni Guerra : When this game came out in 2008 I was eight years old. This game was so terrifying I didn’t make it past the running part. I revisited the game 4 years later to conquer my fear and beat it. Great times

RealCharacter : Director talks about Silent Hill and how scary it is. Proceeds to show Homecoming. You're trolling right?

Arian Dito : this guy really knew what he was doing and obviously cared a lot about innovation dead space is great in every way

Mondo Cool : Dead Space wasn't that scary. I only pooped myself, like, three times.

Braben : The scariest sound in a video game is Minecraft cave sounds.

tajay campbell : Dead Space really helped me to get away from reality when it started to suck. The world building, the mechanics, story, combat and atmosphere everything was just on point. I really love this game.

Enlightened_One ॐ : Im at work and just watched this.... I want to go home and play Dead Space now....

Rafael Sobreira : What a game! truly a Mark on the horror games industry (pun intended)!

Rodney B : "we want you to feel relaxed, but not that much" Necromorph: BLARHRGAUGAUWUGAUS

die obenohnebohne : Scariest Game I have ever played. Mission accomplished, Sir. Great job.

leon The zombie : It was worth it, the tentacle is an excellent moment.

Sheriff Paul : FEAR 2 Project Origin was the scariest game imo.

NewBurger : Nuff said. Dead Space is a masterpiece of shooting horror game.

GeneralTrama : Back when games were about the experience and not a quick buck. He talks with passion I miss this.

Ak47 : Great channel. i like it. Do more of these dev talk. very interesting to hear from them

iVootek : And we got Anthem... instead of making Dead Space 4... what a waste of money and resources EA...

Benzo Effect : The title of this video should be "How to sale a game that is 10 years old" - I actually enjoyed this video, gave a new perspective and makes me want to play the game.

Fishing Addiict TV : EA shame on you The story is so good !!

SEJohnson09 : "Hopefully some day I'll make one of those games again." Damn straight brother. Damn straight.

URDED : After years I still remember that tentacle.

ᅳSupreme : Too much PTSD can give you some really creative nightmares

Batou : Very instructive !! This a guy is a real artist, unfortunately quite underrated..

Roan Rodenmar : How to make a good horror game; make the whole experience- even the ending an unending nightmare. Never once i felt safe, the transport train is the only sure safe place.