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The Creepy Toy You Keep Seeing Everywhere & Why It’s Trending

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Video game character Fuzzy Wuzzy with sharp teeth

You can tell the popularity of a cultural phenomenon just by looking at the prizes at a fair. The sharp-toothed, blue monster known as “Huggy Wuggy,” is currently the prize du Jour at Midway games and on an upward trend of kid’s (and adult) collectibles.

But who is he and why is he causing such a fuss among parents? Gamers everywhere probably know of this creepy 20-foot doll from the game Poppy Playtime, a thirteen and up horror survival game that’s bark is worse than its bite.

Although the ESRB has slapped a “T” for Teen rating on the box, the content is somewhat mild for parents to start freaking out about. As with most nutritional facts, the largest ingredients are listed at the beginning.

In Poppy Playtime’s case, the T is for Blood and Violence which doesn’t make it a scarlet letter, so to speak. If it was that bad, the conservative ESRB would have used their fists to hammer down an “M” rating for mature.

Parents shouldn’t be concerned with what the game has as far as content, they should however investigate further before falling into the klatch of mass hysteria instigated by ignorant knee-jerk reactionaries sometimes called parents.

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The internet has a strange way of creating drama where there shouldn’t be. Several fan-made memes and videos have surfaced about Poppy Playtime and how it influences kids to jump to their deaths or do other horrible things. remember the Momo? Turns out, if you said its name it didn’t come to find and kill you as the legend said. It was just a piece of modern art that didn’t move except by way of imagination.

Poppy Playtime Is Their First Game

The same seems to be the case for Huggy Wuggy. Yes, he’s a bit intimidating, but so was Animal from the muppets until you realized he was fake. Forbes talked to the President and CEO of the developer of the game, Zach Belanger, who says there was no target audience to begin with.

“Poppy Playtime was not created with the intention to target any specific audience,” he says. “Bear in mind that this was the first game our studio ever created, and our main priority was to create something that we would enjoy playing ourselves.

“Beyond that, we have a passion for any content we create to be enjoyable by audiences of all ages. To us, it isn’t accurate to say that we created Poppy Playtime to be consumed by kids or adults, but rather our goal was simply to inspire and entertain anyone who decided to play the game.”

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Schools have started issuing warnings to parents about the game in response to concerns from parents who may have gotten wind of hearsay.

Belanger says those stories are extremely exaggerated or false.

He adds: “One of the things we’ve read online is that Huggy Wuggy whispers creepy things into one’s ear while playing, but anyone who has actually played Poppy Playtime would know that Huggy Wuggy does not even have a voice in Chapter 1, so it’s impossible for him to have whispered anything.”

“As far as we are aware, all of these warnings from schools are originating from fan-made content based off of our game, but if you want my personal opinion, I do not think that any of these videos should be cause for concern, and we appreciate all the hard work and dedication our fans are put toward creating content inspired off of Poppy Playtime.”

The Fuzzy Song

There is also some concern around a creepy jingle that accompanies Huggy Wuggy, suggesting that he’ll “squeeze you until you pop!” Seems harmless.

But the creator of a high-energy song that pays homage to Fuzzy has been under scrutiny for his eerie lyrics. Igor Gordiyenko whose YouTube handle is TryHardNinja created a video that has reached over five million viewers.

He says there was nothing nefarious when he wrote it. He based it on the lore of the character and has set the child safety setting to 13 and over on YouTube.

“The themes and visuals of my song and video are true to the character’s lore, actions, and depiction in the game. I am not trying to make an innocent character seem scarier than they are. Much like Chucky from Child’s Play, Huggy Wuggy is and always was a horror character. My song is for fans of the source material which is not for young kids.”

Another horror survival game, Five Nights at Freddy’s didn’t have the same concerns from parents as Poppy Playtime has, and it has since blossomed into a multi-million dollar franchise with a movie adaptation on the way.

Perhaps Freddy’s narrowly missed the evolution of technology and online lore eight years ago. It was about that time that Creepypasta began to permeate the minds of creatives hoping to scare the pants off people with unnerving legends. At that time, The Slender Man came into public view and influenced impressionable teenagers to believe in the supernatural.

Even adults can fall for “real-life” mythology — by way of movies. Films like The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity were so well marketed, that even level-headed grown-ups couldn’t tell the difference between reality and fantasy.

The trick with video games such as Poppy Playtime is to explore the game yourself. Research it before you buy it and don’t fall victim to the adolescent trappings of “I swear it’s true.”

Common Sense Media, one of the leaders in parental guides for content doesn’t seem worried about how Poppy Playtime will affect kids, their biggest complaint is onscreen maneuverability.

They write: “The controls are easy to pick up and play, though not always the most precise. While there’s no graphic violence or gore, there are splatters of blood throughout the factory. Also, the horror nature of the game will likely be too scary for younger audiences.

“Finally, parents should be aware that this is the first chapter of an episodic experience, meaning that it’s only part of the story and the rest must be purchased piecemeal over time.”

*Header image courtesy of TryHardNinja

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Mia and David Allen Arrive Today in ‘Evil Dead: The Game’ Update

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Evil Dead: The Game introduces fan-favorite characters Mia and David Allen from The Evil Dead remake. Both survivors come with their own perks to take advantage of as well as a new single-player level to play in.

Mia and David join the growing cast of characters that already has plenty of Ash as well as some great characters from Army of Darkness as well as the first Evil Dead. Just like in the film, Mia is temporarily able to ward off possession in the game. She is also able to turn the more fear she feels into more damage done to enemies. That is a nice combo for an Evil Dead character. David Allen is a beacon of hope who is able to turn fear into extra heath for himself and his team.

The new skins come as part of Season 1 or if you prefer you can purchase them as standalone content.

The synopsis for Evil Dead: The Game goes like this:

Inspired by the iconic horror, humor and action of the Evil Dead franchise, Evil Dead: The Game brings the series’ biggest names together in a pulse-pounding battle with the forces of darkness. Work as a team of four Survivors to kick Deadite butt and banish the vile Kandarian Demon – or become the Demon yourself, using its powers of possession to stop the good guys dead and swallow their souls! Choose your squad with fan-favorite characters from every era in the series, and battle with a wide variety of weapons to survive the night in multiplayer and bonus single-player missions.

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Brutal Dino-Filled ‘Second Extinction’ is Leaving Early Access and Will Now Be a Full Game

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Second Extinction went into early access two years ago. During that time, the game tested players and vice-versa. Finally, after all this time Second Extiction is set to leave early access and head into being a full-on, grown-up game with a 1.0 build.

The build of the game introduces missions and a much-needed narrative. Along with that, we get some cosmetics like new weapons and some new deadly dinos. So, once again you will be able to team up with some friends be shot down to the surface of the earth from orbit, and take on mutated dinosaurs that have managed to come back from Extinction and have managed to take over the world.

One of the game’s best features is it’s seamless multiplayer. It is really intuitive to jump in and out of games. Plus, voice comms and getting things in order with your team is also really easy to do. I like that Second Extinction had all of that on its mind very early on. I can’t speak for its new 1.0 build and its missions, cause they aren’t out yet… but I can say that while it was in early access it was fun just to mindlessly destroy hordes of dinos with your friends.

The synopsis for Second Extinction goes like this:

Mutated Dinosaurs have destroyed humanity, and the few survivors left have fled to space. Through short but intense guerrilla missions, a specialized rag-tag fireteam of survivors is being sent back to Earth to pick the invasion force apart and reclaim the planet.

Extinction

So, the earth is theirs. Humanity lives in space and only comes to run tests and visit earth. That’s a pretty cool synopsis. I wouldn’t mind seeing a film like that. Like, if Jurassic World is going to keep being silly they may as well go full on and take it to an extreme like that. Dinos ruled the surface of the globe and we were forced out. Cool stuff!

One of the most welcome new features is the actual narrative with missions. Prior to that I was just flying in and killing a bunch of dinos and taking over different areas. The game looks really nice and the controls are smooth as hell. All it needed was some NPC’s and missions to give you something to do planetside.

Second Extinction arrives as a full 1.0 build beginning October 20.

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‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game’ Lets You Play as a Killer Klown

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What an unexpected surprise from Gamescom Show tonight. The return to The Chiodos Brothers’ major classic, Killer Klowns From Outer Space is being made into a game from the team behind Friday the 13th: The Game.

It looks like the team who plays as the Klowns will be tasked with zapping their enemy humans into giant cotton candy and bloody glopola to store on their spaceship tent.

The Killer Klowns From Outer Space The Game description goes like this:

Killer Klowns from Outer Space: The Game, a new 3v7 asymmetrical online multiplayer game inspired by MGM’s 1988 cult horror classic film. When murderous alien Klowns come to feed on the quiet town of Crescent Cove, the locals must work together to fight back and survive the invasion. Players can team up as either Klowns or humans, choosing from a variety of character classes, to explore an expansive, ever-changing map with creepy surprises waiting around every corner.

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It’s a total bucket list item to get to work on the next chapter of such an iconic horror IP like Killer Klowns, especially getting the chance to partner with the original creators of the film and pair them with an incredibly talented development team like Teravision. Friday the 13th: The Game Executive Director Randy Greenback said “I can’t wait for everyone to see what rockstars they are and the craziness we’re bringing to the genre.”

The game’s major features go like this:

SEND IN THE KLOWNS: Take on a role of the iconic Killer Klowns – cooperate in a team of three players, utilize outlandish abilities, hunt humans with zany weapons, and plan your own alien invasion to harvest the citizens of Crescent Cove.

PROTECT HUMANITY: Fight back as a team of seven brave citizens of Crescent Cove – pick your class, explore the city for valuable loot and weapons, avoid getting captured by Klowns, and try to survive – or sabotage – the alien invasion.

WELCOME TO THE TOWN: Crescent Cove is a sprawling arena for unique 3v7 fights between Klowns and humans – boasting various locations, randomly generated map layout and a multitude of tactical opportunities for both teams.

EVOLVING THE HORROR: Unique approach to hide-and-seek gameplay, customization and respawn systems, PvPvE, dynamic objectives leading to multiple match results – Killer Klowns evolves the online horror formula in new ways.

Killer Klowns From Outer Space: The Game is coming to Steam, PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation®4 and Xbox One in early 2023.

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