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Slender - The Eight Pages Heart Rate Test

Posted on January 11, 2013 by Andrew Lea


This year, the horror game genre came our classroom at Wildlands, specifically an indie horror game called "Slender - The Eight Pages." To understand the project based on this game, you must understand the game itself. The game revolves around an antagonist called the Slenderman who chases your character, a nameless girl, around the woods in the night.  Your goal is to collect the 8 pages left behind by previous victims of the Slenderman.
The project that was created focused on the change of heart rate while different people played the game. The test subject pool was composed of 6 males and 5 females. Among the test subjects 2 males, Bradley Ritger and Gabe Gerdes showed remarkable calmness while playing the game.  Every other test subject's heart rates increased throughout the test.
Once the game play tests have been analyzed, I will begin to construct an actual course on the Beaver Creek Reserve grounds. The test will cover around a quarter mile of land in and around Wildlands. In this testing area will be eight pages. Each test subject will be hooked up to a heart rate monitor and given a flashlight. The test subject will then be dropped off at a predetermined starting point and run the course. The locations of the eight pages will be varied to prevent test subjects from sharing the locations of the pages.
The results of this test will definitively show, on a physiological level, which gender can be more easily frightened. Once all the data has been analyzed, I hope to publish my findings.



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