An example: Masahiro Ito tells some of his inspirations to create the art of monsters and explains some aspects of them, like human characteristics.
So, Takayoshi Sato is the Character designer and Director CGI. He explains some features of Maria, applying aspects of a real person, and of course you couldn't miss him in the interview puts value in character 'Maria'. And in fact, Sato helped Hiroyuki Owaku who wrote the plot of the game.
I value the ' making of ' because they are the creators of the game, the comment or their statements have value too big, of course, to me. The ' making of ' shows that every corner of the game has a purpose behind
SH3 has billboards/posters with a black-haired stripper called Lady Maria
I know the poster that is in the Heaven's Night is an "easter egg", but the magazine is not an easter egg. You can find her on the third floor of Brookhaven hospital, in room S1.
3) There was indeed a real character called Lady Maria in Silent Hill once, and she is part of Maria as a sort of amalgam entity (I once wrote a hellishly long theory about this). In this case, James' and Mary's memories were piled up on the basis of an actual, living stripper, perhaps someone who comitted suicide in Heaven's Night (Maria considers suicide twice during Born from a Wish).
This "3" is interesting, indeed!
Makes sense, but where do you some concepts are a little strange, I've heard something like that, that James was a man who frequented these ordinary club, but James really is faithful to Mary (in reference to what I was told, not what you say, by the fact of not knowing what you think about the attitudes of James).
The suicide makes sense, a woman with a bad life, no reason to go on living. But does not match the beginning of the scenario born from the wish, Maria has has a strong fear of loneliness, pain and death. I believe she disappeared with the rest of the citizen, which for some reason is not explained (some built the city of shepherd's glen). But I consider valid the suicide of a dancer from the Club.
Nothing in the game suggests that Mary is in any way alive at this point, however, and while there were theories that she died after being held at Brookhaven, I believe they've been debunked. Maria's repeated deaths do serve as a reminder of James' murder of his wife. This kind of plays together with Maria's insistence that she is alive and real (the town keeps reminding James it is not quite so).
I'm sorry, I ended up writing the wrong name, was to be Maria. I was a bit tired.
In the game proper, Maria possesses memories it wouldn't make sense for James to have (but would make sense for Mary to have), suggesting that Mary's will, spirit, or imprint on Silent Hill itself might have had some influcence in forming her (or that she is indeed a form of reincarnation).
Ernest is the key to this, she has no memory of Mary. He is an occultist, maybe that's part of the elite of the order.
He's dead, he knows the city is infested with monsters and isolated from the world, and when Maria finds him, he asks: "But how can you say that it is this town that is insane? Perhaps it is we who are insane. Both of us... hopelessly insane.". There is a possibility of the plot characters suffer from serious psychological problems. The game has a story line almost completely different from the main series.
Ernest (I believe it to be a tool used by evil entities) probably introduced the memories of Mary on Maria. These events happen only because of him. She could commit suicide but abdicated the Act. This indicates what I said before, she's afraid of pain, loneliness and death, is a fully human aspect. Mary was dying and closed the world in a cocoon of pain.
As for monsters, there are whole theories on why James can see one specific monster created by Angela's mind, but it's undeniable that of all the characters *only* Maria is confirmed to see (and fight) the very same monsters James sees, and only James and Ernest interact with Maria. Laura may not see monsters, but she likely is in some form of an Otherworld, and she never interacts with Maria even when there's a decent chance they could meet (Maria doesn't enter the Bowl-O-Rama and doesn't stop Laura from escaping). The latter is possibly because Maria on a subconscious level knows what Laura would see in her is quite different from what she'd like James to know about her, or simply because Laura is unable to interact with Maria at all.
James met Laura before arriving in Rosewater Park, Maria didn't know James was looking for a little girl. Maria makes an excuse not to enter the bowling, this is very questionable by the fact the city deserted, soon Laura runs away from James. Maria says she tried to stop her but had no success, looking tired. The only scene that Maria and James interact is when Laura rushes to the Brookhaven Hospital (Maria points toward Laura). Only one character who has no interaction with any other than James. Is Angela
It makes no sense to the monsters trying to kill an illusion generated by James before he arrived in the city, and it wouldn't be necessary to have a scenario for it.