An Exercise in Nightmares: PT

Playable Teaser for Silent Hills (PT)

The game was acclaimed by video game critics the world over for its anxious, building horror. The familiarity of the environment, the endless looping, the random encounters with the spectral enemy of (your?) dead wife.

A big part of the game's critical allure was the nature of its completion. Players were left in the dark for the definitive method of completing the game, even days after its release. In this modern era of the internet and information sharing, that's virtually unparalleled.

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Hideo Kojima,Guillermo Del Toronine

Norman Reedus

backfired tremendously.

Now that there are a finite number of PS4s with PT on it, it has become an incredibly rare and valuable game, a first for the industry- there's never been any rarity in digital files. By removing the game entirely (it's impossible even to re-download the game from your library) Konami has made PT a piece of gaming history.

Though officially Silent Hills has been cancelled, players still retain optimism about it, hoping that all of this is just stellar marketing strategies to keep interest high for the project. Who can tell?

Vin. New York born and bred. Big fan of stories in every form- oral, written, televised or otherwise. I like to hear great stories as well as tell good ones.
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