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The Death of Silent Hills and Some New Stuff!

The Death of Silent Hills

As most of you know by now, Silent Hills has been cancelled. Let’s take a moment of silence for that…

This is a few weeks late but since we were out of town camping and work has been insane, this is the first time I have had to sit down and think about what this means. Silent Hills is something that I have been waiting for. I have played Silent Hill 1, 2, 3, and 4 but I have not played the other side games or the ones on Vita or Wii or whichever platform they were on. But Silent Hills gave me hope in an often bleak survival horror genre. P.T. was something that was not only interesting but also scary. It reminded me of the times when I was in college and my best friend and I printed out all the walkthroughs for Silent Hill 1 – 4. We then confiscated a lounge at Pitt, closed all the blinds, turned the lights off, turned the TV up the whole way and made sure we did EVERYTHING in all the games. We would even pick which ending we wanted and tailor for that. There was screaming, laughing, shouting, and general commotion in the room as we beat the games for probably the tenth time each. There were times when the games scared us half to death and that was what I was looking for with the new Silent Hills, those moments that grabbed you and you would laugh about later after you remembered it was just a game.

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Now don’t get me wrong there are other great survival horror games out there, the Resident Evil series, Alien: Isolation, Dead Space, ect. But nothing has seemed to not only scare me like a Silent Hill game but also entertain me and keep me coming back for more. I even enjoyed the movies (I know, liking a video game movie is bad…) which hit a lot of the areas I wanted to see in a Silent Hill film. Plus there were some moments where I almost jumped out of my pants!

The moment that I saw P.T. I was super excited because this game felt even bigger and scarier than Silent Hill 2. This gave me hope for the future of survival horror games. Over the weekend we took time to play P.T., with my husband at the reins. There was jumping, yelling, laughing, and all around debauchery while we played. The scares were on point and the environment was great. My only complaint was the puzzles which seemed a bit more difficult than they needed to be and honestly without Googling we probably would have given up! But I get why they were that way, it was a playable trailer not the real game. They were testing expectations and trying to see what the audience thought. All in all, I loved P.T. and I wish Silent Hills was not dead.

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What Does it all Mean?

Obviously this news of the cancelation is hard to swallow but we still knew/heard that Konami was going to work on other Silent Hill games which would at least continue the genre. It was a small victory but a victory none-the-less. Then it seemed like Konami took a few steps off the deep end when they announced they would be “pursu[ing] mobile games aggressively.” And also by saying “our main platform will be mobiles.” The CEO of Konami (Hideki Hatakawa) also goes onto say “The success of Power pro especially has motivated us to actively push more of our popular series onto mobile than ever before.” Queue the O.O face from a large portion of the gaming community and enter my brain telling me “well your chance at a new and amazing Silent Hill that is not on a mobile device is now slim to none”…awesome. Now I know that I could be just taking this to the extreme since I love the series, but I feel that Konami just signed Silent Hill death warrant. There is a chance in the far away future that I am wrong, but most of the evidence is leading me down the path of conviction.

I feel that this is a massive blow to the survival horror genre. There are a lot of games that are being labeled as survival horror that are zombie games and do not get me wrong they are fun, but to me they are not as scary as say Silent Hill 2. Even the new Resident Evil games do not have the same feel to me as they once did. I feel they have gone downhill since Resident Evil 4 and that is something hard to say as a self-proclaimed Resident Evil buff. To keep this genre fresh we need to have a game come out that WOWs us. We need something that had the same reaction as P.T. Maybe some of the new horror games coming out this year will help, Soma and Darkwood look promising. It is true that things come in waves so maybe soon our time will come.

How do you feel about the state of the survival horror genre?

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New Stuff!

Now it is time for some new stuff! My husband, a friend of ours, and I have decided to start a podcast/website! It is called Geeks and Geeklets: An Adventure Guide to Gaming Parents (www.geeksandgeeklets.com) and is a site devoted to gaming, parenting, and all around geekery. Come join us as we balance our lives as gamers with parenting and as we watch our littles grow up surrounded by geek culture. The website will contain articles, tips & tricks, and eventually a podcast (in the works!). We are up and coming but would love for you to stop by and check things out!

Also, some of you might know that I run this site as a general gaming blog. Here I talk about other games (other than WoW which is found at sarindre.wordpress.com) I am playing and the joys/struggles of being a gamer mom. Well I will no longer be posting here and will be focusing these posts to the Geeks and Geeklets site. So if you have read and enjoyed The Geeky Mommy, hop on over to Geeks and Geeklets for similar content.

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This Weekend in Gaming: Alien Isolation: Adventures of the Constantly Crouched Gamer

This weekend I got the itch to play new games. Do not get me wrong, I love WoW and I love playing it for hours and hours, but other than playing Civ 5 and some Diablo I have been stuck on WoW for a long time. This is mostly due to the fact that I have very little time to play games anymore (pretty much only when the kids go to bed) so it is just easier to stick with one and WoW is such a big game with so much that I have to do, it just worked out that way where I was spending hours on there. Then my husband got Bloodborne and all this changed…

While I was watching him play I thought about all those games that I wanted to play too: Alien Isolation, Bioshock Infinite, Pillars of Eternity, and about 20 more just on my Steam wishlist. Plus since he was so enthralled playing Bloodborne, I knew it would be hard to drag him onto WoW. So over the weekend I got on Steam, looked at my wishlist, and then added a few more games (it had been awhile).  The next part was the hardest. What should I play? I had a gift card so I knew I could get a few if I liked, but it is better to only stick with one or two so that I really play them and do not just game jump. Also, if I could wait on a few games they could be cheaper at the Steam sale that will hit usually around June (crossing fingers on this one!).

I ended up picking up Resident Evil 5 (only 6 bucks!), Alien Colonial Marines (I know it is a meh game, but it was 3$), Final Fantasy 8 and Alien Isolation since it was on sale for 12.49$! I know most of you are sitting here going “Final Fantasy 8?! Who would buy that? 7 is WAY better!” This is something that I have been told about a million times. But I wouldn’t know that since all the further I have ever gotten in FF7 is when…not to be too spoilery… that thing happens to Aeris and I have actually beaten FF8 a few times, it might be one of my favorite games. Let me take a quick detour and talk about Aeris and how I grew to stop playing FF7. Do NOT read the below paragraph if you do not want to be spoiled about one major thing that happens pretty early on in FF7

The Scene that Ruined FF7 for Me

When I first got a Playstation, many many years ago, I was pretty young and all I would play was Crash Bandicoot and Spyro (in fact I got the first Spyro game in my Easter basket, apparently the bunny is a gamer too). My tastes grew and evolved and finally I picked up FF7 I was so excited! In fact, I was on break from school when I started playing it. Well I ended up loving the game. It felt like I could really get into the world. Cloud was super cool. Tifa was my favorite chick but man I was really good at playing as Aeris. I had her all maxed out and she was just kicking butt. Remember people, I was young; no more than 12 or 13 so naivety comes into play here as well. Well I am playing along, enjoying myself, and in fact, having a merry old time. Then I get to the church scene. Tears….absolute tears. I was in shock. How could a game kill a great character? Plus I spent all my time making her amazing (probably what I am most mad about) just to have to die! That dang Sephiroth (PS – I ended up loving him as a character in the Kingdom Hearts games).

I promptly stopped playing FF7 and (I will never forget this) my aunt took me to Hollywood Video and I rented FF8 and immediately fell in love with it. I bought it when the rental was up! And soon after I then started moving to my favorite genre survival horror and picked up Resident Evil and Silent Hill. I know I should have kept playing, and I wish I could tell my 12 year old self that but I can play it now on Steam and it is on my wishlist!

Back to the non-spoilers!

So I played RE5 first since like I said I love the Resident Evil games. I have played this game before, we bought it on PS3 a long time ago, got kinda far and it was just OK. But I thought I would give it another chance. I tried playing it on my laptop and for some reason I just could not get the controls down. I have never played a game like this on a computer. Most of my computer gaming knowledge is WoW, Starcraft, Diablo, Hearthstone, Vampire: Bloodlines, and other games like that. But playing a survival horror like this threw me for a loop and I really could not get it down. The next day I went and picked up an Xbox 360 controller and it really helped a lot. Boy could I tell a difference, I was actually killing zombies!

Next, I gave FF8 a go since it was only a 1 gig download! It was as I remembered it, well except as I was sitting there playing I would look up and see Bloodborne on the TV and weep. Oh how far we have come in all these years with graphics. Such a major change! It runs very well on the PC though and the controller works perfectly.

Alien Isolation: Adventures of the Constantly Crouched Gamer (might have minor spoilers)

What I really wanted to play though was a game I had not tried out before, Alien Isolation. After it downloaded I jumped right into it! I am a HUGE fan of the Alien games and the movies. (New Alien movie yay!!!!!!!) I really enjoyed the Alien Trilogy game on the Playstation, though Alien Resurrection was pretty good too. I was hoping that Alien Isolation took the route of those games (great story and in-depth game) and was not so much like the AvP games. When I started the game at first, I thought I woke up in a deserted ship and I moved so slowly, expecting an Alien to pop out at any turn. But that didn’t happen and I finally ran into some of the crew. Once you get over to the other ship is when things get really freaky. The music is beautiful and so are the graphics. But at every turn I was jumping or gasping at some noise. And once I found out you could crouch, I perpetually moved in a couching motion. One thing I am enjoying about the game (and I am only probably about 3.5 hours into it) is the scare factor. I have not even seen an Alien yet but my heart is still racing and I am taking my time since I have no weapons!

Oh and I accidently used my last flare….ok all my flares…This is my one major complaint so far, and I might just be missing something. Once you bring up your little menu and you have an item that can be equipped, ie a flare or your med kit, you cannot unequip it! So I had the flares equipped since I went into the menu and they magically appeared and I had no idea I even had one equipped when I hit the X button on the controller and it lit up instantly. Crap. “Ok,” I thought, “I will never do that again”…until 5 minutes later when I tapped the X button again by accident. Say goodbye to flare number 2. Then about 45 minutes later…say goodbye to flare number 3….yes I used ALL THREE flares I had by accident. UGH. I am lucky that I cannot use the medkits just by tapping the button (you have to hold it down) or else I would be out of them too.

Other than that minor issue, I love this game! It is scary, thrilling, and it is building up the fear factor! Pile that on top of not even seeing an Alien yet, it is great. The humans are scary and always trying to kill me which was something I was not expecting. What happened to ‘let’s all get along before we are killed by a giant Alien’? I am going to keep playing this in the evenings and will keep you posted on the progress!

This looks safe…

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Here is the scene from Sunday at our household: Bloodborne on the TV, WoW on the laptop (had to check my garrisons before bed!) and Twiching a Super Smash Brother Tourney on the iPad. Total Nerdom.

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“Game over, man. Game over!”