In What Are You Playing This Weekend? we discuss gaming and such with prominent figures in the pop-culture arena. We always start with the same question.
Kit Harington plays Vincent Carter in the upcoming Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, a film adaptation of the game Silent Hill 3. (The Carter character is based on doomsday-cult priest Vincent Smith from the game.) The jovial Brit is also known for portraying the fluffy-haired Jon Snow in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. During a short break from filming season three of the fantasy TV series, Harington spoke to The Gameological Society about his favorite games and what it’s like being America’s most beloved bastard child.
The Gameological Society: What are you playing this weekend?
Kit Harington: It’ll probably be pool. I’m pretty good at that. Or maybe table tennis, something like that. Video games—it’d probably be FIFA. Football games, that’s what I like. I’d like to think I’m good, but I’m probably not, my friends beat me more than I beat them unfortunately.
Gameological: Do you have a favorite team in FIFA?
Harington: I play as Barcelona. I’m terrible with Manchester United, I just can’t play with them, I don’t know.
Gameological: You broke your ankle fairly recently. Did you have a lot of downtime from that to play games?
Harington: Yes. Honestly don’t do anything like that to yourself, it’s not worth it. It was three months on my ass watching copious amounts of sports, which was good. I had three months of the Euro football competition, Wimbledon, and then the Olympics, so I had things to keep me busy, but it was a huge pain in the ass.
Gameological: Did this injury happen while you were out defending The Wall?
Harington: No, nothing quite as heroic as that. Just being a drunken idiot. I was climbing through my bedroom window to rescue my keys—not sober—and I didn’t quite make it. That’s the long and short of it.
Gameological: You’re one of the stars of the new Silent Hill movie. What’s been your experience with Silent Hill? Have you played any of the games?
Harington: I did when I was younger, but not too much. It was more my brother’s thing. I was genuinely kind of scared of it, to be honest. I get freaked out playing those games. I don’t mind horror films, I like those, but I can’t play horror games. I didn’t play them recently because they wouldn’t have helped me with this character I don’t think. If there was anything I needed to know about the game, I’d ask the director.
Gameological: Is there something about the interactivity of horror games that add an extra layer of fear for you?
Harington: Yes, exactly. Even through you know it’s just a little fictitious guy on the screen, you obviously don’t want him to die. The idea of things creeping up on you scares the crap out of me. I can’t deal with being in control of this guy who is you.
Gameological: Most movies based on video games aren’t highly regarded. Do you feel like this one could be different?
Harington: I think people who are going to like this film will like this film. I’d agree with you that video game adaptations aren’t always a success—although I always enjoyed the Mortal Kombat films even though they were kind of cheesy—but I think this one should be. It’ll be entertaining, I hope. I think the first one in this series was pretty good.
Gameological: Did you get to play the Game Of Thrones video game?
Harington: I heard stories, but I haven’t played it. I’ve always wanted to play as myself in a video game, but I don’t know if I’ll ever get to. I think they made fictitious characters in the game and not ones from the actual series. That’s too bad because I really want to play as myself.
Gameological: You want to run around and slay White Walkers in a game?
Harington: Exactly, yeah.
Gameological: If you could star in a video game, what would it be like?
Harington: I don’t know. I used to love playing GoldenEye, especially with Sean Bean’s character [007’s nemesis, 006]. So to be in a Bond type of video game, that’s what I would do. For me when I gamed growing up, I’d stick to one game. Like Mortal Kombat for awhile or Mario Kart and then Goldeneye and FIFA more recently. I never was a big gamer, but I got into the ones I’ve gotten into, you know?
Gameological: Are you starting to get more recognized and stopped in public more because of the popularity of Game Of Thrones?
Harington: Yes, I think I am. I didn’t notice it much at first, but it starts to creep up on you and you realize it. The other day I went out to a bar and it suddenly became slightly invasive. But I don’t mind it in general. People are always very lovely and enthusiastic about the show.
Gameological: I was a little scared for you because as many times as you get called a bastard on the show I wondered if people would start calling you that in real life.
Harington: Yeah, that was a weird one when I first heard that. Someone’s going “Bastard!” and you go “Well, why is he doing that? I’ve done nothing to harm him…Oh wait, I get it, that’s it.”
Gameological: What is it about this show that inspires such hardcore fans?
Harington: It’s escapism, really. People love fantasy and seeing a world different from their own yet similar. It’s very character rich, there are so many different characters in this that you can latch on to and have an allegiance to. People come up to me and say, “Oh you’re my favorite character,” or “I love so-and-so” or Jamie Lannister, and they’re rooting for them. So when one dies, it’s all the more heartbreaking. It’s also unique, I can’t think of another show like it.
Gameological: How do you feel about Jon Snow as a character?
Harington: I love him. I love the little man. I mean, I kind of have to because I live with him in my head for so much of the year. He gets a hard time, really, but he battles through. I like his persistence and he’s one of the only good people in this horrible crazy world that we set it in.
And now, we put the question to you. Tell us what you’ve been playing lately, and which games—video or otherwise—are on your playlist for the weekend.