Posted by Zach Shaw on Thu, Jun 9, 2011 at 6:00 pm
It’s been announced that Korn are composing the theme song to the video game Silent Hill: Downpour. More details about the song, which is believed to be simply called “Silent Hill,” will be revealed soon while the game will be released this coming Winter. Though we haven’t even heard a snippet of the song, fans of the survival horror video game series are already voicing their displeasure about the news. In fact, a group of fans have gone as far as to launch an online petition to stop the pairing.
The online petition called “No Korn in Silent Hill : Downpour” posted the following open letter to developers Konami and Vatra Games:
“Most Silent Hill fans are extremely sad to see that it has been decided to use Korn to make their theme song in the upcoming Silent Hill : Downpour.
There is many reasons for this, a nu metal band simply does not belong in silent hill and especially not one that deals with teenage angst themes, that is not what silent hill is or will ever be and a nu metal band that was cool in the late 90′s and early 00′s will do no good for silent hill as a game.
“Neither will it do much good for the games reputation, we have already seen gaming journalists with headlines like “Barf! Korn to do Silent Hill: Downpour’s theme song”, some people say bad press is better than no press but do we really want the silent hill franchise to be known as the game people make fun of or the deep and amazing experience we usually know it for? Korn has never done anything that is remotely fitting for the silent hill atmosphere and represents everything that Silent Hill isn’t.
We don’t know if it’s Vatra who has made this decision or if it’s Konami pushing it on them but it’s sad and shows a complete lack of respect for the fans and we hope that Konami will very unlikely cancel this deal they made with Korn or at the very least show our disapproval with this. We hope that Silent Hill Downpour is a quality title but the news of Korn as the main theme makers makes us believe that Konami don’t understand silent hill or its fanbase one bit, the silent hill fanbase is very dedicated and don’t take news like this very lightly, reading silent hill forums and facebook pages shows a collective depression among fans.
Please Konami, show some respect for silent hill and the fans and don’t have Korn do the main theme for Silent Hill : Downpour.”
Maybe we’re the last people to talk about video games (we’re more board game players ourselves), but we’re still not entirely sure why it’s so awful that Korn are recording the theme song even after reading the open letter. The vague open letter reads like it was written by whiny gamers with poor grammar skills. And after watching the trailer for Silent Hill: Downpour, we’re actually somewhat convinced that Korn might be a good choice to compose a theme for the video game. Where are we wrong on this?
As of this posting, 278 signatures have been collected for the online petition. We’ll keep you posted if more develops.
[via The PRP]