|Open wide and say "AHHHHHHHHH!"|
If you’ve played any Silent Hill game without using your joystick to poke out your eyes to avert your gaze from the freakish, unspeakable horrors forevermore, you’ve no doubt come face to faceless with the bloodthirsty nurses who roam the 12,000 hospitals of the horrible nightmare town and the moderately terrifying surrounding areas. Though the Silent Hill series doesn’t have a true “mascot” (though Robbie the Rabbit was trying pretty hard for a while) for many players, the nurse has become as iconic and representative of the series as Super Mario’s moustache, Simon Belmont’s whip, or Cloud’s stupid, stupid amnesia.
|By Mark Rivera|
And perhaps rightfully so: Silent Hill is telling us that disgust and revoltion are attractive, that pain is pleasure, and that sex can and should be anonymous. The nurses represent sexual repression and/or frustration for many SH protagonists – James, Travis and Alex stand out the most – but they also represent the player’s sexual frustration and repression as well. Look but don’t touch. Looking is bad, so touching must be worse. Kill but don’t touch. Eradicate deviant desire.
And that’s something Robbie the Rabbit could never do …unless you’re into that kind of thing.