Monday, October 23, 2006

Maybe you need to lay off the videogames if...

It’s a foggy evening, and you’re taking a regular shortcut home through the graveyard.

A construction team in town are operating some kind of cutting machinery. By the time the sound reaches you, it resembles a fading air-raid siren.

At the same time, your iPod shuffles to a bad encoding, and all it plays is static.

And suddenly, it’s all you can do to control your bladder.

That theme still scares the bejeezus out of me.


  1. Scariest. Game. Ever.

    Have you played 2, 3 or 4? 2 is good, 3 is great, 4 is utter shite and very obviously a totally different game Silent-Hill-ified 5 minutes before release. The funhouse in 3 shit me up something terrible. But nothing beats the first one.

  2. I haven't played 3 or 4, but loved 2 - thought it was more coherant than 1, but not as pant skiddingly nervy. 1's effectiveness was based on the terror being utterly unexpected - I was waiting for Resident Evil style frights, but what I got instead was a slow and creeping descent into madness. Running away from monsters in the fog was one thing, but when that claxon sounded and Silent Hill changed - that wasn't nice.

  3. Sorry to be so out of it in video game land, but what's this from...Silent Hill I presume?

  4. That'd be it. But really, if you don't don't want to ask. I'm a grown man, and honest, swear to God, I could not sleep after playing it.

  5. I remember that - you go in that little corridor, and you come out, and think "I was just here, but now it's all different". Wandered around for a while, sitting with Jo, taking turns, and just looking at each other in fear saying "what's going ON?" and "I'm scared" and "oh thank Christ, the door's locked".