Not a very good title, but was watching this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03yL_JCeQBI) about how someone thinks playing old empty source maps has a 'creepy' feeling to it.
Like, the map is empty and has no life but you can hear the sound effects of traffic, which creates an unsettling atmosphere.
This never used to be a thing in my experience, from the past, but its like as games get older and begin to date more, it affects their atmosphere when you revisit them years later.
Got me thinking, because there's a bit of a theme with indie horror games that has arisen recently, where the game concept is about joining an empty server to an old game only for it to be 'haunted'. Or how a lot of indie horror games now have PlayStation 1 type graphics, as if they are now uncanny valley.
Wondering peoples opinion on this phenomenon, whether you find running around old empty HL maps to be unsettling as time progresses?