Sony Asia is running a design-a-shibito contest for Siren: New Translation. Members of Hong Kong and Singapore can submit artwork of their ideal shibito to win a copy of Siren: New Translation signed by the game’s producer, and 500 HKD. Oh, and their shibito will be used in the next Siren title.
…wait, a new Siren title? Oh my stars and bars, this is wonderful news. With Silent Hill seemingly done with, and Resident Evil beating its own path in the survival franchise, Siren could easily take the crown for the creepiest and most disturbing franchise in the survial horror genre. Every minute I play of that game, my heart is beating — and I love it.
People are going to have a hard time designing some truly disturbing shibito. As opposed to just coming up with something truly horrific to look at, like Silent Hill does, it’s the slight perversion of humanity that has manifested itself in the person, and the behavior patterns of the shibito that make them truly creepy. While the art will be rather important, I think the 500-word essay that has to accompany the piece will be the true defining factor for the winner.
If you’ve got a friend in Hong Kong who’ll let you use their address for your HK account, then you could still enter this contest, I suppose. If you’re not that lucky, then tell us what your scariest shibito might be!