In September of 2014, a game was released on PC's, iPhones, and other mobile devices everywhere. The simple game transformed you into the night guard of a little place named Freddy Fazbear's Pizza; a spin-off of the Chuck E Cheese's we all know and love. There were only four differences between the lovable Chuck E Cheese's and Freddy Fazbear's; blood-thirsty animatronics, security cameras, inconvenient doors, and limited power.
Five Nights at Freddy's sparked a craze that infected millions; driving them to make it to the fifth night without demonized mechanical characters killing you in that claustrophobic security room. At first, it became a simple horror game that drove America mad to defeat. But then, people started searching for a deeper meaning to the story behind Scott Cawthon's successful game.
On October 23 of 2014, weeks after the game had taken gamers by storm; Matthew Patrick- the head of a famous YouTube channel The Game Theorists- analyzed Five Nights at Freddy's to the pixel. Matthew connected the dots between the video game and a very similar real-life event that occurred in the 1990's, along with dissecting the fictional story and figuring out why these animatronics are the way they are. Matthew makes a tie between the game and a murder that occurred in a Chuck E Cheese's in December of 1993 (for more info, view the video above).
Matthew's bone-chilling and quite accurate theory enlightened FNAF-lovers with an intriguing backstory behind Hawthon's convoluted world. But it didn't end there, because once the second installment of Scott's insane trilogy was released, people went even more insane- falling deeper in the spiraling world of Freddy Fazbear's Pizza.
It was without a doubt that Matthew would release another Game Theory about the sequel, and truth be told- he did. "MatPat" delved deeper into the new aspects of the FNAF world; analyzing the mini-games that Scott added to the trilogy's aesthetic. Matthew pulled apart the new installment layer by layer, from the posters on the wall to a refined theory about the story behind Five Nights at Freddy's to whether or not the second game is a sequel or a prequel. That inquisitive theory can be viewed below.
This video personally sent me into a long moment of awe. This simple horror game became a convoluted, crazed story that made everyone love the games even more. At this point, people wondered- because of the accuracy of the theories- was Matthew right from the beginning, and will Scott ever validate this? Well, on March 12, Scott was going to put our inquisition to rest. Five Nights at Freddy's 3 was about to send everyone into moments of heart-pounding, moment-savoring, scream-evoking madness.
In Five Nights at Freddy's 3, the game leaves you satisfied with the tying of many loose ends and leaves you wondering, "will there be another game?". In my opinion, I believe that Hawthon would not do the games justice if another installment of Five Nights at Freddy's were to be released. But at this point, we must simply continue enjoying the genius story created by a sharp mind. So friends, keep on defeating animatronics, closing those doors, preserving power, and checking those security cameras.
Below is a walkthrough of FNAF 3 you can follow if you don't want to purchase the game.