Silent Hill 2 by Mike Drucker
A troubled man travels to a mysterious town from his past after receiving a letter from his wife... who's been dead for years. And while our "hero" explores dark corridors and battles countless disturbing enemies, his journey offers more psychological horror than survival horror. Welcome to Silent Hill, where the monster is you.
Silent Hill 2 doubles down on what made the first game so compelling: The feeling of being lost in a foggy, upside-down town as unsettling as it is familiar. Nearly two decades after first experiencing Silent Hill 2, writer and comedian Mike Drucker returns to its dark depths to explore how this bold video game delivers an experience that is tense, nightmarish, and anything but fun.
With an in-depth and highly personal study of its tragic cast of characters, and a critical examination of developer Konami’s world design and uneven marketing strategy, Drucker examines how Silent Hill 2 forces its players to grapple with the fact that very real-world terrors of trauma, abuse, shame, and guilt are far more threatening than any pyramid-headed monster could ever be.
Mike Drucker is a writer and comedian living in New York City. His writing has appeared in games published by both Sony and Nintendo, including his localization work on Kid Icarus: Uprising. As a stand-up, Drucker has been featured on Audible and at the Montreal Just for Laughs festival, where he was selected for New Faces. Drucker is also currently the co-head writer for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, and he's previously written for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Adam Ruins Everything, Bill Nye Saves the World, and The President Show. Online, his work can be found in The Onion, McSweeney's, The New Yorker, IGN, and VG247. He’s been nominated for five Emmys, but his landlord still won’t let him get a dog.