Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow and Their Remakes
"Do you believe in ghosts?"
"Haha, I guess not. That white hand on your shoulder, it's not real."
- Little Girl Outside Pokemon Tower
This is an entry that winds up on everyone's list, and who could you fault for it? When my team and I finally made it through the Rock Tunnel, we were raring to take on our next Gym challenge. However, what we ran into was anything but cheerful. The upbeat music of the previous route turned into the eerie, almost chant-like theme that is now a staple of many horror videos all across the internet.
All of the people in Lavender Town are talking about the tower and how it is haunted by the ghosts of deceased Pokemon (oh yeah, it was at this point that we realized Pokemon can DIE.) that the Rockets had killed to acquire Cubone skulls. Once you go the tower, you are challenged to battles by possessed medians, some of who say some creepy things ("I... Want Blood!!" may be one of the worst). Once you kick out the Rockets and put the ghost of Marowak to rest, you're pretty much done with Lavender Town for the rest of the game.
Despite its brief role in the story, Lavender Town has had quite the impact. Many spooky stories and theories are floating around the web, and there's even a mass conspiracy theory that states that many children were hospitalized and committed suicide due to high frequencies in the original music (which is the exact same version we got). It does seem extremely out of place for a children's game, and while the Pokemon series has its share of creepy areas, Lavender Town has set the standard and will remain a hot topic for years to come.