December 21st, 2006

Yes, it’s a me party over at Joystiq, with two weeks in a row of Playing Dirty.  Today you’ll find part two of my look at the changing gendered art of Castlevania, “Dracula Wears Eyeliner.”  Whips, widowers, and way too much compact powder: these guys have it all.

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4 Responses to ““Dracula Wears Eyeliner, Part II””

  1. John H. Says:

    Doesn’t seem to be up yet?

  2. Scott Jon Siegel Says:

    The piece is up now. Check for it

    (ps: typed this on my wii!)

  3. Adam Says:

    I remember the original Castlevania artwork inside my Nintendo Power magazine. It was sort of that vintage 80s painting style that we might see for He-man or Conan. Nothing truly romantic or surreal about it, more of a gritty sword-and-sorcery theme.

    Since it shifted, the games have also gotten better (with a few exceptions). Though I’m sure they’re unrelated, it seems the “bish” art motif goes hand-in-hand with the development of the game, going from simple fantasy noir to romantic, gothic fantasy.

    There are a few others that did this too. Yoshitake (sp) Amano developed the art for Final Fantasy for quite a while. In Final Fantasy 6 we see the cast as pixels rendered somewhat close to his art – Terra in esper form, Setzer and Locke coming to mind. When we get near FF7-8, more of a smooth anime or modern look gets in there, making for gentler and more feminine figures (at least in the case of FF8).

    I’ve noticed most Nintendo titles stay original, with a few deviations that never last.

  4. Bonnie Says:

    I've noticed most Nintendo titles stay original, with a few deviations that never last.
    Let’s just hope, for the sake of prettiness, this one eventually decides to come back around ;).

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