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Scary Places in Games That Actually Exist

Updated on December 20, 2014

Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to visit places that are used in video games? of course who wouldn't want to visit the 1940s Los Angeles in L.A. Noire or the culture rich streets of Venice from Assasin's Creed? but when it comes to the streets of Silent Hill and the old mansions of Fatal Frame, would you still be keen on visiting these places?

Here are some actual existing locations, that may have inspired or didn't mean to look like some of gaming histories scariest locations.

1. Himuro Mansion from Fatal Frame

Himuro Mansion as it appears in game (left) and the rumored Himuro mansion in Japan (right)
Himuro Mansion as it appears in game (left) and the rumored Himuro mansion in Japan (right) | Source

If you're a horror fanatic, then you've probably played at least one game from the Fatal Frame series. It entails the story of a girl, looking for her older brother who disappeared while researching an infamous haunted mansion at a remote location in Japan. She then takes up the task of searching for her brother, armed with only a camera to exorcise ghosts with.

Now the mansion itself is plenty terrifying, from sadistic rituals to torture and the existence of a Hell Gate within the mansion's walls, you can tell that this place is absolutely and utter terror infested, but how well does it fare with the real Himuro Mansion?

Well according to some internet stories, there is a real Himuro Mansion that exists on the outskirts of Tokyo and seven people were allegedly murdered at that very mansion, as a part of a certain ritual to keep evil spirits away and this does coincide with the story of Fatal Frame (the first one) in addition to that a woman who was said to have been chosen as a sacrifice, later fell in love with a man causing the ritual to fail. After having his family dishonored, the Himuro family head, then proceeded to murder each and every individual within the mansion.

Of course the story doesn't end there and it continues such as that the bodies of several Ghost Hunters or House Explorers would be found inside the house with rope marks on their limbs, similar to those in the first Fatal Frame game.

This is all well and good, but in my opinion it sounds a too much like the video game and I have not found any actual evidence that would point to the existence of this mansion at Japan. Of course we'll never know if it exists or not unless we search the outskirts of Tokyo.

2. Centralia, Pennsylvania


An isolated ghost town with little to no resident, blanketed in fog like smoke due to the eternally burning coal mines. Sounds like something you know? Well, what if I add that it's in the real world? No, it's not Silent Hill, it's Centralia, Pennsylvania. Now this place actually does exist and you can visit this place easily if you want to.

The story goes as a landfill, was set on fire and this was usually done every year, but on 1962 the yearly job took a turn for the worse as the landfill was placed at a different spot and near an open pit which led to the abandoned coalmine beneath the city. The whole of Centralia has since been nearly abandoned.

Of course nothing like a dark cult, or a burned child ever happened in these parts, but looking at the photographs would definitely make you think that it's Silent Hill location worthy.

3. The Dragon's Triangle


The Dragon's Triangle is the supposed location of island of Yamatai in the 2013 remake of the popular game,Tomb Raider. In the game it is a supposed ancient island ruled by a Japanese Queen called, Himiko.

In the real world the Dragon's Triangle does exist, also known as the Devil's Sea situated between the south of Japan and northeast of the Philippines. This place is where at least 800 people and six ships disappeared within the years 1952-1954. Although it isn't as infamous as the Bermuda Triange, it does have a lot of similarities with the latter. Of course there was never any mention of Yamatai, existing in this area.

What's creepy about this is that the Dragon's Triangle is never plotted on any map, and apparently islands will appear and disappear at any given moment. Scientists have attributed these disappearing islands to natural cause such as volcanic eruptions.

4. Salem


Salem is the setting of the recent horror game from square-enix entitled: "Murdered: Soul Suspect." The theme of ghosts, murder and witches is persistent throughout the game. Well I'm sure American readers would not be surprised about this, but a town called Salem exists in Massachusetts and this town does have a frightening history.

As the name implies, this area is where the Salem Witch Trials took place between the years 1692 and 1693. A total of 28 people were said to have been killed during these trials and what's more disturbing is the supposed real reason for the killings; family feud, outcasts and jealousy.

The primary antagonist of the is also modeled from a real Abigail that existed during this time, although she was not as evil as her game counterpart and had nothing to do with any false accusations. Today Salem no longer has a witch, but there are still some sites that are said to be haunted by the victims of the witch trials.

5. Chernobyl


Another popular horror game called: S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl, actually used the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone as the setting for the game. Now this area is infamous site where the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 took place and the whole 30 KM radius around the plant was declared as a danger zone due to the high amounts of radiation in the area.

While it does miss out on the vicious mutants that plague the area in S.T.A.L.K.E.R.S, a lot of mutated humans and animals were produced during the aftermath of the accident, which have permanently damaged those who were affected. Today the zone is still under quarantine, but animals are living in the area as if it isn't a radioactive location, with little changes to their bodies.


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