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Halloween Annex

By Shamus
on Sunday Nov 2, 2008
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I don’t know what I was thinking last week. I somehow imagined I’d be able to cram all of my survival horror / Halloween content into a single week? The Silent Hill: Origins series alone turned out to be six posts long, which wouldn’t fit in a single week even if I skipped the Wednesday GM Advice and even if that business with EA and DRM hadn’t come up. And this doesn’t even take into account all the other survival horror stuff I wanted to post about.

Some of this is my own fault for going overboard with the Origins series. Really, I could have posted my final thoughts, a couple of funny screenshots, and called it a day. But lack of restraint in writing about a game in which its chief flaw is lack of restraint seems fitting.

We have a quote around here (which I’m pretty sure is lifted from MST3K) that is appropriate for the writing this week:

From the people who brought you that last stuff, it’s… more of the same!

Comments (18)

  1. GeneralBob says:

    I quite enjoyed your Origin series
    It was well worth cutting out the rest

  2. Jim says:

    This seems as good of a place as any to state this. I notice the Comments count on the “Origins” posts are relatively low. But I (and I suspect many other people) am really enjoying them, but I don’t have much to add.

    Its a genre of games I’ve never gotten into, and while I understand their mechanics I’ve probably only logged about 5 minutes total with any of them.

    Just thought I’d throw that out so you’d know the Posts are enjoyed even if the response count fits on a single-die.

  3. Cincinnatus says:

    I agree with what Jim said. I check this site at least daily to see any new updates, because I find the perfect break from the stress of life is reading your often witty and endlessly amusing comments on life, the universe, and everything. However, it is rare that I post comments–my command of prose is sadly limited, and I find that any input would merely lower the collective intelligence of the Interwebs by yet another hefty margin. Hence, I refrain, but beg that you do not. Bring us more tales of terror and misery–not meant through game design, but created through its woeful failure!

  4. Visi says:

    I don’t comment too often, but I was enjoying them too!

  5. Lebkin says:

    Just wanted to state that while I didn’t comment on any of the Silent Hill: Origins posts, I enjoyed them all. Don’t worry too much about what you are writing. Just keep doing what you enjoy, and we’ll keep reading.

  6. ThaneofFife says:

    Looking forward to more! Can’t help but point out the typo though:

    “From the people who brought you that last stuff, its… more of the same!”

    I think you meant “it’s…”

    (yeah I know typo-spotting is a jerk thing to do, but I want you to look good, and some would argue that I am in fact a jerk)

  7. folo4 says:

    Oh, Even I partake in such nitpicking in the name of English.

    But still, six posts about Silent Hill: Origins? What did you wrote about that required such lengths?

    Is the game really that long?


    Eh, Bloggers’ Curse/Blessing/Thing: People are too shy to comment when the post covers all their fields of questioning.

  8. Shamus says:

    folo4: No, the game isn’t particularly long. The series is going on because I’m having fun writing it up scene-by-scene. Origins is a game with all the right assets (character designs, monsters, environments, music, voice acting) that fails due to many designer excesses.

  9. Jeff says:

    The series on Origin is great, though. Don’t feel any pressure to stop, it’s amusing.

  10. DGM says:

    Hey, it’s election time. That’s more than scary enough to keep the theme going.

    Keep on truckin’ (since that idiot Travis won’t).

  11. vdgmprgrmr says:

    Cincinnatus wrote:

    “However, it is rare that I post comments”“my command of prose is sadly limited, and I find that any input would merely lower the collective intelligence of the Interwebs by yet another hefty margin.”

    That sentence is contradictory to itself.

  12. Dix says:

    I totally read this with excitement, thinking it was the intro to another SH post… and then it wasn’t. *sob* ;)

  13. Binks says:

    I’m really enjoying the Origins series. Just haven’t really found any reason to reply since I’ve never played the game, but it’s definitely a lot of fun to read.

  14. Oleyo says:

    Please don’t ever limit the material you write on games because you think it is too long. They are my favorite posts to read and I always want more!

  15. David says:

    I’ve been enjoying your recent posts, too. Maybe this just means your buffer can grow! After all, I don’t see anyone complaining that your dissection of a several year old game came a week late.

  16. Heph says:

    I’ll just join in saying I enjoy the SH:O posts, but haven’t replied because, well, I have little to add.

  17. froogger says:

    Travis for president!

  18. DGM says:

    Obama for Silent Hill protagonist!

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