December 28th, 2006

One of the things I love about the super-effeminate Castlevania game art that I didn’t get a chance to mention in my columns on the topic for Joystiq is how it makes male characters the object of the viewer’s gaze.  “The gaze” is something that gets talked about a lot in art history, especially in terms of art that portray the female body.  This gaze is usually male, objectifying and sexualizing.  But in the case of the Castlevania art, it’s the masculine body that’s on display.  With their sensual details, these images are definitely meant to be stared at, visually consumed.  And that’s not something you get to do to a male protagonist every day.

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4 Responses to “More Than a Pretty Face”

  1. Srol Says:

    But what abou the Captain N Simon Belmont? I don’t see him anywhere in your analysis. =P

  2. Bonnie Says:

    But what abou the Captain N Simon Belmont?
    Where do you see him fitting in?

  3. Danielle Says:

    Ohh, that’s definitely a great example of male-centric scopophilia. :D

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