Donna Burke: Kojima was fired by Konami [UPDATE – Not really]

Posted By: Whitney   April 9th, 2015 | 9:40 am

UPDATE – April 11, 2015

Donna Burke has revised her original statement on her Facebook last night:

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I’m glad to hear that Kojima wasn’t fired but I’m still confused over Ms. Burke’s word choice. Though from a friend and co-worker perspective it may just seem like Kojima’s demoted role within the company is on par with being fired even if he is technically still working with the company at the present time.

Just goes to show it is important to be careful how you describe a situation, especially when there’s a lot of uncertainty and a passionate fan base.

Source (Donna Burke FB)


Original Post April 9, 2015

Well the whole Hideo Kojima/Konami fiasco just continues to get more depressing with each day.

Donna Burke voice actress for both the Silent Hill (Angela (SH2), Claudia (SH3)) and Metal Gear Solid Ground Zeroes revealed on her twitter that Hideo Kojima was indeed fired by Konami upper management.

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Ouch.

Videogamer.com reached out to Konami for comment and they simply said that Burke’s comments are “categorically incorrect.”

Source (Videogamer.com )



Gecco: New Silent Hill 2 Statues in the Works [THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS JOKE]

Posted By: Whitney   April 1st, 2015 | 8:14 pm

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I received an email earlier this evening from Gecco stating that they are planning on making two new statues based on characters from Silent Hill 2.

“Red Pyramid Thing with the Great Spear” is next in the line with a brand new sculpt ( I hope Headlong will work on the sculpt) and Masahiro Ito will draw the package art once again!

We’d like to inform you that we are working on “Red Pyramid Thing with the Great Spear” as the next character of our SH lineup. There is no images available now, though. It’s going to be 1/6 scale, but totally new sculpt.

Masahiro will specially draw the package art for RPT with the Great Spear again.

Gecco unfortunately didn’t give any more details about the second statue they are planning, just that it’s “one more character from Silent Hill 2, in the same scale.”

Here’s hoping this other statue will be in the human variety! I think a Maria statue would be pretty awesome :) Or maybe one of Angela holding the knife?

It will be a few months before we see a glimpse of anything as they are still working on the statue protoypes. Gecco wasn’t actually planning to announce any this so early but given that their plans leaked on twitter yesterday the company figured they might as well officially announce it!

I know I’m excited to see what they have in store though I have to admit, I was really hoping we would see something from the original Silent Hill or Silent Hill 4 in their line before more from Silent Hill 2. A Silent Hill 4 Twin Victim statue would be seriously awesome to have and given that the original is my favorite entry in the series anything from that game would send me over the moon!

Source (Gecco)



Voices in the Static #27 – Hideo Kojima is leaving Konami?!

Posted By: Whitney   March 22nd, 2015 | 9:01 pm

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In this twenty-seventh episode I will be discussing this week’s shocking announcement that video game designer and former Vice President of Konami Digital Entertainment, Hideo Kojima is leaving the publisher and what this might mean for Silent Hills future.

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UPDATED – Gamespot: Kojima Expected to Leave Konami After MGS5, Inside Source Confirms

Posted By: Whitney   March 19th, 2015 | 11:26 am

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Well shit. News broke today that Kojima may be leaving Konami.

Power struggles between Kojima Productions and Konami have led the publisher to make drastic changes, including the employee status of its Metal Gear team. Some senior staff at the studio, including Kojima, now essentially work as contractors, not permanent employees.

Gamespot’s inside source reports:

“After we finish MGSV, Mr. Kojima and upper management will leave Konami. They said their contract ends in December.”

Konami has already begun to remove Kojima Products from all official MGSV sites, social media and even promotional artworks.

It really seems there some sort of bad blood between the publisher and the developer but a Konami representative told IGN that they are just restructuring production:

“As we have already announced, we are shifting our production structure to a headquarters-controlled system, in order to establish a steadfast operating base capable of responding to the rapid market changes that surround our digital entertainment business. Konami Digital Entertainment (including Mr. Kojima), will continue to develop and support Metal Gear products. Please look forward to future announcements.”

So what does this all mean for Silent Hills? I have no friggen clue, hopefully we will get some sort of announcement about it’s fate sometime soon. I really hope the game will still happen. :(

UPDATE

Peter Brown, editor at Gamespot, said on twitter:

In regards to the Kojima Productions news and Silent Hills: that game is part of a deal between Del Toro and Konami, not Kojima.

I hope this is a good sign the game will still happen!

Sources (IGN, Gamespot, Kotaku)



March 14th – 24 Hour Fundraising Twitch Stream for Rachael!

Posted By: Whitney   March 9th, 2015 | 4:48 pm

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Gareth McGilvray, a Scottish Silent Hill fan currently living in Australia reached out in regards to an ongoing fund-raiser for his younger sister Rachael. Rachael was recently diagnosed with endometrial cancer and an inoperable brain tumor which sadly only leaves her with a year to live. Rachael’s boyfriend proposed this last Christmas and the family and Rachael would like to return to Scotland for her wedding (maybe for the last time) but given the short notice they need assistance to make her dream wedding happen.

To help raise funds Gareth and some friends will be holding 24 hour live stream March 14th playing through some Resident Evil and Silent Hill titles!

24 Hour Fund Raising Twitch Stream

Saturday, 12pm, March 14th 2015 AEST

Saturday, 1am, March 14th 2015 (UK)

Friday, 5pm, March 13th 2015 PST

Tune in at https://twitch.tv/gareth_mcg83

I hope you guys can check it out and spread the word! You can check out their fundraiser page HERE



Happy Sweet Sixteen Silent Hill!

Posted By: Whitney   January 31st, 2015 | 8:05 am

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Happy “Sweet Sixteen” to my favorite entry in the entire franchise, the original Silent Hill! 16 years ago today was the start of an amazing series with its Jan 31, 1999 North American release! I can’t believe its been so long, it feels just like yesterday!



Voices in the Static #26 – Interview with the Director/Writer and Producer of the fan film Prelude

Posted By: Whitney   January 2nd, 2015 | 12:16 pm

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In this twenty-sixth episode I interview Edward DeBoy and Neil London about their Indiegogo project, Prelude, a Silent Hill fan film the explores the events before Silent Hill (PSX).

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Podcast – Questions for the Silent Hill Prelude Crew?

Posted By: Whitney   December 29th, 2014 | 4:23 pm

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I’m interviewing Edward DeBoy (Director/Write) and Neil London (Producer) about their Indiegogo project, Silent Hill Prelude, tomorrow afternoon. If you have any questions leave a comment below and I will ask it on the podcast!



Donate to Silent Hill Prelude!

Posted By: Whitney   December 27th, 2014 | 10:12 pm

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The folks behind Silent Hill Prelude has finally started their Indiegogo campaign!

What is Prelude?

Prelude is fan short film (aprox. 60 min) based strongly around the Silent Hill universe. This film’s purpose is to help provide background and context to the events, characters, and articles found within the first Silent Hill game. There was so much untold, and so much left unanswered within the notes found in Silent Hill 1 that Prelude will fill in the missing story pieces and provide more background to the events and characters leading up to the game. Prelude’s goal is to enrich your Silent Hill experience whether you are a seasoned fan or new to the genre.

This project has been in development for over 2 years and is now finally starting to gain the momentum to become a reality. Over the many years Silent Hill has given us a beautiful story to lose ourselves in and has held a very special place in our hearts. Hollywood has attempted to adapt many video games into major motion pictures, and although few have been successful many tend to stray from the original source material and as a result have fallen short. We feel that we owe it to not only ourselves, but the fans of Silent Hill a story that is original, but true to the games, and that is our story of Prelude.

You can view their test scene below:

The team is looking to raise $52,325 the break down is as follows:

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Even if they don’t hit their goal they are still going to try and get the film made!

I’m really excited about this project! The test footage looked excellent, I hope to get the crew on my podcast soon to talk more about their project! :)

Donate to Silent Hill Prelude on Indiegogo!

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Voices in the Static #25 – Silent Hill Speedruns

Posted By: Whitney   December 17th, 2014 | 8:29 pm

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In this twenty-fifth episode I interview Mr. Enigma about his Silent Hill 4 Speedrun world record attempt!

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