Five Nights at Freddy’s, the horror trilogy that became a Youtube sensation, has done more good for the world than you may think. The games are mostly shallow exercises in jump-scares, but the low price, uncomplicated gameplay, and dead-on premise of animatronic restaurant characters coming to life has made it irresistible to streaming and “let’s play” videos. People have criticized creator Scott Cawthon for cranking the games out (three within a year) but he’s not just taking the money and running. On Saturday, Cawthon donated $249,999.00 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital during a charity live stream. Say what you want about Five Night’s at Freddy’s gameplay, but if these titles result in more money going to hospital charities, I guess I can’t complain.
The Five Nights at Freddy’s trilogy is available on Steam.