For the tenth episode of season 4, we watched 2006's 50/50 attempt at making a Silent Hill adaptation. That's right, we watched “Silent Hill”. Way to bury the lead, me *self five*. Anyway, it stars Radha Mitchell, Sean Bean, Laurie Holden, Deborah Kara Unger, Kim Coates, Tanya Allen, Alice Krige, and Jodelle Ferland. I think I may be stretching the definition of the word "starring". Just saying.

And now for your weekly video game history lesson, unless you're well versed in “Silent Hill” mythos, in which case you can just listen to the episode.

The first “Silent Hill” game was released on January 31st of 1999 (in North America) to generally  positive reviews and enough sales to warrant a place in the PlayStation's Greatest Hits catalog, but development did not start out nearly so smooth. The team that created Silent Hill (Team Silent) was a hodgepodge of Konami staff members who had all failed at their previous projects. Development started in September of 1996 at the behest of the new owners of Konami's parent company for them to make a game that would do well in the United States and would feature a “Hollywood-like” atmosphere.

Needless to say, the game didn't happen in quite this way. Team silent could not figure out out to proceed with the game and found themselves ostracized within the company. Since they had a lot of creative freedom, they decided to ignore the limits of Konami's initial plan and make Silent Hill a game that would appeal to the emotions of players instead.

It seems like that was a good decision, since Team Silent went on to create three more Silent Hill games before the studio was closed and further Silent Hill games were given for development to American studios. This decision did not work out as well.

In any case, there have been seven main-series Silent Hill games, most of which are stand-alone stories, but contain similar themes (Like the location of “Silent Hill” for instance).

The most well known thing that Silent Hill has done recently, since they haven't released a game since 2012, was the failed venture of Silent Hills that was a collaboration between Hideo Kojima and Guillermo del Toro, and featured Norman Reedus. This fell apart when Kojima had a falling out with Konami and had to leave the company. In case you didn't know, Resident Evil VII is a suspiciously similar game to the teaser Konami released of Kojima's “Silent Hills”. Way to capitalize.

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