Special: Interview with Guy Cihi - Part 1

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  • reddeath555  - eeeeeeeh!!
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    that was my "squee" lol. amazing interview-love Guy Cihi. such a shame to hear what a mess he was involved in with the Konami peeps. all i can see in my head when he speaks is James :) great job Deena!
  • Derekshirts
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    this was amazing if even for the first 20 minutes. Thanks, this was a great!
  • M_A_X
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    37:45 until 38:25 was the greatest and most validating 40 seconds of my life. I think it's really inspiring that Guy truly understood where James was coming from, because I could too... and I could always tell it in Guy's performance.

    Silent Hill 2 is the kind of game that I've replayed more times than I can count and have analyzed every detail of it. I've played this game as religiously as some people watch Rocky Horror Picture Show or Monty Python.
  • Kirinet  - Awesome!
    I must say, I love the original cast. You could really tell that everyone was giving it their all. I think Guy's performance is fantastic!
    Thanks for this interview, it's really great ;)

    I still won't buy the HD collection, even with these new terms, if only because they removed SH3's cast as well. Heather's voice actress is superb and she gave a solid performance, I'm sure the new voice actors worked hard for it, too, but it's just not the same. Redubs are usually not a positive thing.

    I tell you, once America took Silent Hill out of Japan's trash can, I knew things will go downhill. Not because of Japanophilia, but because when you give the game to fans and money hungry executives, they'll do exactly what you expect them to do. Milk this product for all it's worth, because they're so sure fans will swallow anything. And this is just how this HD collection feels like for me, they stopped pretending by throwing Pyramid Head in or give us nudges and winks to other, better games, and just rereleased the game we already played with new voice actors. I really don't get the point.

    I wouldn't even have this much problem with these games if they just removed the "Silent Hill" from the name, because it forces me to compare them to the other games.
  • Cyborcat
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    To be fair, it's not as if Japan didn't milk it as well, we just didn't get any of those games, like the arcade game, and all the cell phone games.
  • Lotus Prince
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    ^I want that freaking arcade game. :-P
  • Cyborcat
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    I do too! I bitched about it a lot at one time, but then I watched a video of someone playing it and went, "Well ... it actually does look like a lot of fun XD"
  • redtopaz
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    Whoo! Awesome interview!

    I'd heard a little about the HD release drama (and of course, I'd seen the parody vid :3), but it was nice to hear more about it, and straight from Guy Cihi, too. I'm a huge fan of SH2 (but who isn't?) as it's /the/ definitive survival-horror game to me, so this was a real treat to listen to.
  • Zdzislawski
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    This is the most amazing and inspiring thing that has been posted on the site. Thanks Dena and Guy. I've listened to it twice already.
  • Marinas
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    I always felt like Guy Cihi was the perfect choice for James's voice actor. His voice just fits the part. Sure, it's not Hollywood voice acting, but it makes James sound like a real human being, and that's one of the reasons it makes for such a perfect fit.

    This interview was very insightful and was wonderful to listen to. I'm glad I stayed for the full 43 minutes.
  • TonyDHelms29624
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    It's awesome to see people are digging this interview. Maybe Dena and I could try and track down and interview the other original SH2 voice actors. Wink, wink, nudge, nudge Dena.
  • Checkers
    Any chance of an audio file?
  • BooRat
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    I liked this it was pretty long though! Oh Pyramid Head and his rape scenes!
  • NyaemalHrruna  - Thank You
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    I cannot put to words the impact that Silent Hill 2 made upon me when I first played through it. It was the first game to incite an intense emotional response from me and, even though I've gone back through the game many times after, it still has that same powerful draw. Although the first game in the series did inspire fear, Silent Hill 2 moved me to feel for these characters and brought me to tears several times throughout. The story itself is captivating, but the performances given by the original cast made it all so human. To me, it would not be the same game with a replacement of the cast.

    The first thing that comes to mind there is the Gus Van Sant remake of Psycho. The film is a shot-by-shot remake of the original and, save for the addition of color, does not stray from the original hardly at all. However, take the scene in the office at the beginning of the movie. Anthony Perkins' performance here is both eerie, charming and in a way natural. It fits with the character and it's hard to see anyone else in that role. He is Norman Bates. Then you look at Vince Vaughn's in the remake and it seems forced, rushed and like he's trying too hard to copy the original without much success. He's just Vince Vaughn acting like Norman Bates. To me, it would be the same if another actor attempted to voice James. It's not to say the replacement is a bad actor, but Guy Cihi's performance is so ingrained in that character's identity that another voice would seem out of place and come off as just an actor acting like James.

    All of that being said, I really loved this interview and am glad that the HD version of this game will be intact. I also have to agree with M_A_X's comment wholeheartedly. James is Guy Cihi and it's nice to get some affirmation of the fact that his performance was based on a clear understanding of the character born from his own experiences. Sorry for the book of a message here, but I did want to say thanks for adding even more reasons to love this game!
  • darkdave
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    This was amazing very incitefull. Hearing the background on everything that went on was brilliant and hearing how Guy was basically made for the part was awesome. And oh my God that part at the end were he recited a few lines was amazing it came out of nowhere and I was expecting him to do it and was gona moan when he did it but it caught me off guard so much so I actually had to click back a bit in the video to hear it again. Cant wait for part 2
  • RATM10
    I love the Silent Hill games, they hold a special place in my gaming library and heart. Although as a pre-teen (Silent Hill 1) and as a high schooler (Silent Hill 2&3), I didn't understand the complex story. So now as an adult, to watch Dena's game den episode and, with a recent playthrough, watch the plot unfold for me in a different light was a fascinating and moving experience. Made even more-so now that I know a bit of the behind the scenes.

    When I first played the game I was stunned at how much the voice acting had improved from the first one, and how well the voices fit and were truly awesome and memorable. Kudos to Guy and the rest for the great performances. This interview is wonderful and I'm definitely looking forward to part 2, and maybe more interviews with the other VAs somewhere down the line? ;) We can only hope.
  • Doc Holidae
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    The more i hear Guy Cihi talk, the more I think he truly believes his IS James Sunderland.
  • ScutigeraColeoptrata
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    Guy Cihi is a class act and quite charming. His role as James is definitely a highlight in the history of video game performances.
  • Cyborcat
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    Guy is really cool. He's one of the nicest people I've met on the internet.
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