Gothic videogames, survival horror, and the Silent Hill series

Ewan Kirkland

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This paper examines Gothic traditions across the survival horror videogame series Silent Hill. Considering Gothic dimensions of the videogame medium, then Gothic themes in survival horror videogames, the paper proceeds to explore Silent Hill’s narrative, aesthetics and gameplay in relation to the Gothic. Considerations include: the intrusion of sinister alternative worlds, fragmented narrative forms, sensations of the past impinging upon the present, and the psychoanalytic dimensions of the series. Throughout this paper attention will be paid to ways in which Gothic themes resonate with or are transformed according to the dictates of the videogame medium.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-122
Number of pages17
JournalGothic Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012


  • Narrative
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Silent Hill
  • Survival horror
  • Videogames


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