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Quiz: The Untold Truth of Five Nights at Freddy's
By DAVEY WILHELM
“Five Nights at Freddy's” served as a revitalizing jolt to the horror game genre, as it had a simple premise and was accessible to all ages. Scott Cawthon’s game has led to sequels, books, a movie deal, and countless YouTube reaction videos, but how much do you know about the series’ history? Select your answer and see how you stack up against other players.
Cawthon first got his start in animating through Hope Animations, making the 8-part series “The Pilgrim's Progress.” It serves as "an allegory for the pilgrimage all followers of God must take" and features some of his early animations, which led to the first seed of the idea behind “Five Nights at Freddy’s.”
Cawthon’s game “Chipper and Sons” was criticized heavily for its animation, as the smiley beaver characters were stiff and moved unnaturally, like animatronics. In Cawthon's next game, he doubled down on the jerky movements while keeping the blank-faced, dead-eyed anthropomorphic characters.
Cawthon enjoys dropping clues about the story behind his game, but some fans take his vague messaging too far. Some fans even used creative arithmetic and assumed he was telling them to call a pizza place in Virginia, which led to so many calls that he had to ask them to stop.
Cawthon has remained deliberately vague about the contents of the mysterious box at the end of the fourth installment, although he once dropped some hints in a MatPat livestream. “What's in the box?” he wrote on Steam. “It's the pieces put together. But the bigger question is — would the community accept it that way?”
Don’t let the fake trailers that periodically crop up on YouTube fool you — there really is a “Five Nights at Freddy’s” film in the works. Blumhouse has picked up the rights to it, and they’ve brought on Chris Columbus of the first two “Harry Potter" films, “Home Alone,” and “Mrs. Doubtfire” to direct all the action in the darkened halls of the pizzeria.