Five Nights At Freddy’s and Cringe

There are few game series (and fandom) that get as much hate as the Five Nights at Freddy’s series.

To quote the steam page of the first game: “Welcome to your new summer job at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, where kids and parents alike come for entertainment and food as far as the eye can see! The main attraction is Freddy Fazbear, of course; and his two friends. They are animatronic robots, programmed to please the crowds! The robots’ behavior has become somewhat unpredictable at night however, and it was much cheaper to hire you as a security guard than to find a repairman.

From your small office you must watch the security cameras carefully. You have a very limited amount of electricity that you’re allowed to use per night (corporate budget cuts, you know). That means when you run out of power for the night- no more security doors and no more lights! If something isn’t right- namely if Freddybear or his friends aren’t in their proper places, you must find them on the monitors and protect yourself if needed!” (Scott Cawthon, Steam)

If you aren’t familiar with the series, you might think that it might not be that bad, why would people yell that it is cringy? The fandom is young and loud, it rose to fame due to Let’s Players, and it was easy to make fun of. It is a problem with internet culture.

When a game gets very popular with tweens and teens, people decide they are going to make fun of it. People are horrible like that. Undertale got the same treatment when it got popular as Five Nights. People mainly started to make fun of the fandom due to their “loud” internet presence. Kids were posting constantly about this series. Youtubers were posting videos of it to try and get the kids to give them views.

This is a long way of saying that cringe culture is just making fun of kids who are just trying to have fun. Adults really need to just let kids like what they like. We don’t make fun of adults for not being able to let go of the past.

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