Sony seem about to release a new horror game in Japan soon. Looks good from the trailer, pity my Japanese isn’t upto playing a game like this. I’ll have to wait for an English version…

Rule of Rose WMV Trailer

I have a particular affection for horror and games in particular. I was lucky to get a gig as Lead Programmer on the PC port of Silent Hill 2 a few years ago. Now as it was a port I can’t take any credit for the game itself, but still have a bit of pride in being even associated a little bit with such an awesome game. The pyschological horror aspect complete over-rode the sometimes basic gameplay…

I’ve often wondered if most people see the depths of SH2 that I have. The way the real developers tackled some hard issues as child abuse and euthansia yet still didn’t lose sight of the pure horror aspect was great.

Though one question I’ve never managed to understand is why the main enemy is called Sea Cucumber. I’ve always figured its either a bad translation to Engligh or some Japanese culturely reference I’ve never got (I know what a Sea Cucumber is but why call the main zombie enemy it? He doesn’t look like it, prehaps he moves a bit like one…). Certainly the original Japanese authors intended to call that enemy Sea Cucumber because the enemy enum in the code had the abbreviation SCU…