Hi guys! It’s time for another Descent into the Otherworld where I take a closer look at the Silent Hill fandom to highlight what makes makes others a fan and what the series means to them.
Meet David aka “MrMeanTree” over on the Hell Descent forums who was first exposed to Silent Hill when he was five…oh geeze I feel old!
I was shown to games very early on in life because my dad was a gamer. He had two systems: A Nintendo 64 and a Playstation. I watched him play Chrono Cross (I believe), Conkers Bad Fur Day, and Silent Hill. Now, of the 3. Silent Hill of course, terrified me. I was young, and watching my dad get to the scene where the body is gored out on the fence made me run in horror. But I watched him play, even though it made it hard for me to sleep at night. I loved the game, he even let me play it at one point. A 5 year old playing Silent Hill did not go well. In fact I barely got past the opening sequence. I don’t really remember anything after that. He picked up Silent Hill 3 a few years later. I could actually understand this one. I wasn’t allowed to play it because of what the original did to me, but I still watched.
I loved the characters. They were so real. The music was great! I loved Hometown, though it was probably the only song i’ve ever listened to that scared me and caused me paranoia. Eventually, I got a PSP and got Silent Hill: Origins. This is my 2nd favorite Silent Hill. The story reminded me so much of 1, a man thrown into someone else’s nightmare, forced to survive the horror! (get it, survive horror.. terrible joke) Well, I got the good ending, and let that game rest.
Eventually, I got on ebay and after a bit of searching found Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams. I am ashamed to say that I first jumped into the side story about Maria without knowing anything else about the game. I loved that little side story, though it had some parts that creeped me out for NO reason. (The long hallway were all you hear are noises). I then played the full story, using a guide heavily because I was around 10 and still wasn’t very good with puzzles or surprises. 2, really made me fall in love with the series. It is my favorite in the series. My main reason is because of my love of the main character. James, I think I relate to him atleast a little bit. His awkwardness with women, his laid back demeanor. His mis-handling situations (Eddie, are you nuts?). Theres more but im not that deep-a person. Then came Shattered Memories. The only Silent Hill that I cried during the ending of. And now, I eagerly await Downpour.
Silent Hill Historical Society: So you were first exposed to Silent Hill when you were 5?! I’m surprised you Dad let you watch let alone play! Do you think if your father didn’t show you Silent Hill you would have never picked up the series down the road?
SHHS: So has the series inspired you in anyway and if so how?
SHHS: Are you an avid video game player like your father? If so what sort of games do you like? Do you have a favorite console?
SHHS: How you active are you in the fandom Do you draw pictures, write fanfic, post on forums or have a website? If so, do you have any work you would like to share and what forums do you frequent?
SHHS: Since Silent Hill 2 is your favorite, what’s your thoughts on the upcoming HD collection? Are you excited experience the game again in HD?
SHHS: What about the movie? Are you a fan or did you find it a major disappointment? What about Revelation that should be out sometime next year?
SHHS: What do you think about the future of the series? We have Downpour near release and another game, Book of Memories, on the horizon.
SHHS: In your mind what makes someone a true Silent Hill fan?
I want to give David a big thank you for participating in my interview and sharing his story!
So Silent Hill fans, what’s your story? How has the series influenced or inspired you? I would sure love to hear from you. If you have a story to share please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org