UPDATE- PLEASE HELP BRANDON!
Hi guys! It’s time for something a little different here on Silent Hill Historical Society. As a big Silent Hill fan, I’m always curious to hear about how other fans found the series and how it’s impacted or inspired them.
For me, my love for the series started with the original Silent Hill back in 1999, thanks to a preview in a game magazine and from playing my older brother’s copy on Playstation. Over the past 12 years my love of the series has not waned and through it I’ve not only made some great new friends but have also discovered a passion for both blogging and recording podcasts which I never thought I would ever do!
During my time interacting with others in this fandom I’ve seen fans from all over the world and all walks of life and I just find it amazing how we all have this connection through a video game series.
But what exactly makes someone Silent Hill fan? How does the series impact others and what does the series mean to them? It’s these questions I hope to answer by highlighting a different Silent Hill fan every week or so to give a deeper and more personal insight into the Silent Hill fanbase!
To kick off this new series I would like to share an amazing story of a fellow fan that a friend of mine passed on to me just last week.
Meet Brandon Delacruz. He suffers from Cystic Fibrosis, an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system, but through playing Silent Hill 2 he has been inspired to not only be a better person but has also given him solace during his frequent hospital stays:
I was born with Cystic Fibrosis and all of my life it’s been really difficult to breathe and gain weight. When I was younger it wasn’t too difficult at most times. Right around the time I turned 16 is when I started to become really sick and was in and out of the hospital basically every month or so. I was basically inside the hospital more than outside of it per year. All the nurses were really sweet and nice so I was happy for that, but I was still pretty depressed about it all. Then I took the time to look a little bit deeper into Silent Hill 2 when I was sicker and everything Mary was saying made sense to me. I didn’t ever try pushing people away like she did, but everything else was me. Feeling pathetic, worthless, hopeless, wishing that I wasn’t such a burden on my grandma. All t.he patients with CF aren’t allowed to interact with each other without wearing masks and protective gowns so it would always feel awkward and I didn’t want to get too close in case I actually liked them. So I felt alone in having someone who could understand what I was going through, at least until I saw what Mary went through and didn’t feel so alone anymore. I love a lot of things about the game, but the the characters and the music are the things that hit me the hardest.
I was able to catch up with Brandon over Facebook and he was kind enough to agree to a small interview:
Silent Hill Historical Society: Your pretty inspiring Brandon! First, how are you doing lately? You mentioned being in an out of the hospital due to your illness. Are your hospital stays still very long or as frequent?
SHHS: Are you an avid video game player? If so what sort of games do you like? Do you have a favorite console?
SHHS:When and how did you hear about the Silent Hill series? Would you consider yourself a longtime fan?
SHHS: Is it safe to assume that Silent Hill 2 is your favorite in the series? If not, what game is and why?
SHHS:Are you active in the fandom in anyway? Do you draw pictures, write fanfic, post on forums or have a website? If so, do you have any work you would like to share and what forums do you frequent?
SHHS:Considering the special connection you have with the second game, what’s your thoughts on the upcoming HD collection? Are you excited about seeing Silent Hill 2 in HD?
SHHS: What about the movie? Are you a fan or did you find it a major disappointment? What about Revelation that should be out sometime next year?
SHHS:What do you think about the future of the series? We have Downpour near release and another game, Book of Memories, on the horizon.
SHHS: In your mind what makes someone a true Silent Hill fan?
I want to send a big thank you to Brandon for letting me share his inspiring story hope you all will keep him in your thoughts.
So Silent Hill fans, what’s your story? How has the series influenced or inspired you? I would sure love to hear from you. If you have a story to share please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org