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31 Days 2020 Edition Day 8: Silent


While considering yesterday’s musings on Resident Evil 7 there was another game that wasn’t far from my thoughts.


I will never cease to be salty about the decision Konami made to cancel P.T. The more I look at it; the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that Silent Hills would have been groundbreaking and a revival for a series that was on life support for some time.

 Silent Hill as a franchise had stagnated and while there isn’t any 1 contributing factor I feel the primary cause had to do with gameplay/control. Silent Hill games (at least as far as I can remember) were never known for having amazing controls. Part of why I feel they got by for so long had to do with Resident Evil and its successful use of tank controls and fixed camera angles which at the time was great. However, this changed with the release of Resident Evil 4. It was a departure from traditional Resident Evil controls that helped pave the way for the amazing Resident Evil 7 among others. It set a very high bar and I feel the closest Silent Hill ever got to it was with Downpour, even then the game still had a lot of issues. Downpour was released 7 years after Resident Evil 4 and while it did a lot of things right, mechanically it still had a lot of issues. This had been the case for several installments. It also didn’t help that silent hill began to fracture into spin offs and other ventures that didn’t pan out well, detracting from the series.

Pictured a scene from Silent Hill Book of Memories. All I'm saying is people who want to play Diablo, already have Diablo. I think this is a very poor fit for the franchise

Then P.T. was released, shaping an entire generation of horror games to the point where P.T. has become its own genre joining the likes of Metroidvania and Soulslike. Even Resident Evil 7 somewhat copied the P.T. structure with their “Beginning Hour” promo for the game. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that P.T. was probably one of the most influential horror game of the past decade. It looked good, it handled even better, and the way it played out was phenomenal. Silent Hills had everything going for it and a lot of people (myself included) were hyped to see this game come out... but it never did. 

Konami cancelled it and began moving away from video games. They chose to focus on their literal gambling business instead of running a racket inside of their games like most companies figuratively (though some like NBA 2K literally) do. Thus we’ve had a decade plus of Konami being overtly and unabashedly shit to their employees, IP, and customers. Wasting such an amazing opportunity should be criminal, but it is what it is. For now I’m left to wonder what could have been.

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About Agent9one of us since 12:45 PM on 04.13.2010

Who is Agent9? The not so secret agent of the destructoid community.

A Few things about me

- I'm almost finished with my degree in computer science and I plan on going into independent development and freelancing once I'm done.

- I can be very cynical, but I do try to be positive or curb my negativity. In spite of this I'm actually very jovial in person and I don't get mad often. I would dare say I'm quite happy, even when things seem bleak. I simply don't like industry Bullshit and I'm not one to stand for it, even if it's a game I like.

- I host a series annually called 31 Days where I post 1 horror related or themed video game song a day for the month of october. During this time I also provide keys for games (free of course) to any reader observant enough to find them.

- I've been a member of destructoid since 2010, and a lurker long before then. As such I've seen many people both come and go. Such is the natural order of things.

- I enjoy Art and draw in my spare time

- I also enjoy theatre and films. I especially like Horror movies (both good and bad ones).

- I go camping once or twice a year. I would go out more but my allergies tend to get in the way.

- I don't drink, which may be a surprise to some. I might make a joke or two about it but I stay away from alcohol for my own personal reasons, though you can feel free to drink a pint on my behalf any time you'd like.

My Top 20 Games (By the ever Illustrious Dango


This is a commission I had done for me by Inquisitive Ravenclaw. You should check out his site if you like the following piece

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I also got a musical piece made for me by the incredible Alphadeus. A little history behind this:

My musical piece came as part of the Songs for Gamers album DLC pack 02. Alphadeus has been making songs for the members of the destructoid community for years already. This past year he opened submissions and I applied. For my meagre efforts I received this lovely piece:

You can find him on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFs2UhJYPVITYWCiqMk-z3w

He also has other venues listed on his profile here, take a look if you are so inclined:

The community is full of people with all kinds of talent and I'm very pleased to be a part of it along with all of you (yes, you too fair reader).