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This week on Extra Punctuation, Yahtzee looks at the Silent Hill franchise and whether people should just move on from a franchise that is no longer made by the same people that made it what it was in the first place.

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So, rumours abound that Konami have new Silent Hill games in production, after having let numerous third party developers run the franchise into the ground, cancelling the one with some actual fucking potential and letting the corpse ferment for several years. Apparently multiple titles are in production, including one by Bloober team, developers of the Silent Hill-inspired The Medium that I reviewed a while back. Now, I’ve documented over many years my love of the original Silent Hills, Silent Hill 2 especially, but at this point I am over the grieving process. I don’t want any more games because nothing good has ever come of it. This announcement feels like Konami stuck a broom handle up my dead dad’s arse and said “Look! If we work the jaw with a piece of string it’s like he’s alive again!” And all the hype outlets going “Ooh, this could be interesting!” make me feel like I’m on crazy pills for saying “Put my dad down, you fucking monsters.”

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.