You might need heard of the “horseshoe principle” in political science, which holds that far-left and far-right teams are literally nearer to at least one one other when it comes to values and aims than the political centre, coming collectively just like the prongs of a horseshoe. I want to suggest a similar principle for horror video games and cute video games whereby previous a sure level of cuteness, the videogame in query teeters over dramatically into dread and nausea. We might name it the “horseshuwu impact”.
As proof of this, please witness the unholy magnificence of Saccharinity of Starfield, a Starfield mod from lucyprrrr that treats Starfield’s gadgets, spaceships, buildings, vegetation, planet fashions and, worst of all, individuals to a barbie-doll makeover paying homage to a significantly overclocked shoujo anime. Do you want pink? No you do not. Not this a lot.
I can nearly tolerate the spectacle of the mod’s pastel-coloured, lower-resolution inside props. I truly assume the toy figurine sheen of the redesigned outfits is becoming, given that every one Bethesda Softworks video games might be summarised as huge jumbles of memorabilia – merchandiseable object worlds with an RPG trapped someplace inside, screaming for a listing improve.
However then you definitely get to the planets, which simply look… incorrect, like colossal bathtub bombs poised to disintegrate and flood complete star programs with violently-scented foam.
After which there are the sport’s poor, harmless character fashions. Lucyprrrr has written “uwu” on their eyeballs. I don’t a lot price Starfield’s companions, however what have they accomplished to deserve this?
I posted the mod on the RPS Slack. Katharine instantly despatched me a display of her Starfield Dad with uwu eyes, which I’ve dutifully used for this text’s header picture. Away, fiend, away!
It is an excuse, no less than, to advocate some deliberate “cute horror” video games, like Amanita Design’s so-called Happy Game, or Tattletail. They do not seem on our greatest horror video games checklist, however Little Nightmares 2 does, which I suppose you would class as “cute” in locations.