As most of you know, yesterday a big announcement was made for the scariest game franchise of all time: Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro are teaming up to make a new Silent Hill game, called Silent Hills. The project stars Norman Reedus as what seems to be the games protagonist. The project re-teams Del Toro and Reedus who previously worked together on the kick-ass Blade 2. We can probably bet that Reedus is the star of the game, but Silent Hill by it’s very nature is designed to mind-screw with people and is now being supervised by the evil genius Hideo Kojma (who has his own history of subverting players expectations), he could turn into Tom Cruise…..or Clint Howard, midway through the game for no real reason.
But I’m going to back up a bit before I get more involved in talking about Silent Hills.
Way back in Spring Break in my junior year of high school (1999) quite a few of my classmates went to the beach, or on vacation, or somewhere fun. I was in a pretty terrible depression at the time for various reasons, and just wanted to be left alone. I took the week off work, planning to sleep and watch re-runs of Dark Shadows on Sci-Fi. However, a trip to the mom and pop video store led me to rent a video game that changed the way I saw the medium. I took a vacation all my own.
I went to Silent Hill. Continue reading