Five Nights At Freddy’s Retrospection: Corrupted Nostalgia in Game Two

Priya Sridhar
12 min readJun 18, 2019

The older you get, the more you cling to the things you loved as a child and hope you haven’t outgrown them. Obviously, you outgrow the cartoons like Barney because those songs you once knew from memory have become annoying. Other things you can’t outgrow, because they still bring you joy, like Robin Williams’s Genie.

Of course, you fear the reboots. At least, I fear most of them. Quite a few don’t get the point, while a few, like the remarkable Ducktales cartoon, understand why we loved the original in the first place and get their new twist. The Jumanji sequel is another great example of adding a new interpretation. But we fear the soulless corporate executive that mandates a new lick of paint and a recycled script, believing we are foolish enough to fall for the same routine.

Sometimes we are. Let’s admit it. We get suckered in because we trust that a creator handling something from our childhood understands the heart. And sometimes a creator gets it. They know why we fell in love with the first place.

What’s worse than reboots are when the news corrupts what you love. The most recent thing has been pedestals falling. An actor, writer or creator comes out as a jerk or a creep, and you in good conscience cannot support them. Or you watch clips guiltily and wonder if you’re going to the Bad Place. Then suddenly our nostalgia becomes corrupted.

Five Nights at Freddy’s 2 was ahead of the curve by predicting reboots and broken pedestal culture and ruined nostalgia. Only we find out that Freddy Fazbear’s pizza has layers of reboot culture, as we will discuss, and the pedestals come with simple murder as opposed to emotional abuse and gaslighting.

The Joy of Freddy’s Pizza

Game two highlights that kids and adults love Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. The minigames illustrate that loads of kids come for the pizza and for the bots, to see the shows. Their parents also happily bring them and drop them off, presumably because they trust their kids to be safe.

Priya Sridhar

A 2016 MBA graduate and published author, Priya Sridhar has been writing fantasy and science fiction for fifteen years, and counting.