Not moving on. Oops!

If you remember this provocative review of the Netflix Castlevania,  you might appreciate this contextualization of the game’s attempts at creating a tone. I’ve been thinking of Castlevania as one game but that is perhaps less the case than I realized.

A new review: “spot-on voice acting.”

~ by Servetus on July 23, 2017.

17 Responses to “Not moving on. Oops!”

  1. I’ve played Castlevania on Nintendo? One of the old players you jam the game in the top…I never got very far from the front door I was terrible! It was a pretty dark and dreary game but the stuff he’d say was pretty funny. I thought the show was quite a bit more violent and sweary but felt like the game. Especially when he went into buildings that went on forever.

    • I was done w/video games by the time Nintendo was a thing — we had an Atari and then i went to college and if I played video games then they were on a PC. Zork, mostly, and Leisure Suit Larry in the Land of the Lounge Lizards.

      I think what you say “it is violent and sweary but feels like the universe” is probably at the base of a lot of the positive criticism. There is a significant minority of people who think the violence and obscenity contradict the feel of the game, but it’s a minority.

      Apparently that scene at that beginning of episode 2 where he walks in through the sewer is homage to the game and its long walks …

      • lol, lots of walking.
        I play a lot more than I ever guessed I would. All three of my kids are gamers in one form or another….too bad none of them are a Gamer like Gerry Butler…I’d never get off the machine.

        • I think it’s great that you can share that with your kids. It’s nice that that particular generation gap is eroding.

          • I’m striving for no generation gap.
            I know, my son brought me back to earth last night when he asked if he could get a tattoo.
            Generation gap, fully armed and operational.

            • It’s important to know which battles to fight 🙂 And to remember who’s the parent.

              I think that’s a “when you’re an adult and can pay for it” thing … LOL.

              • He’ll be 18 in October.

                I told him that when he was 18 he could do as he wished but I expected him to do his due diligence on tattoos and all their pros and cons.
                His girl said she wouldn’t date him anymore if he did. I told him there’s no way his dad would be down with that. And I told him about the time in Hawaii I almost got one myself but purposefully left my wallet at home.
                It will be interesting to see where it goes.

                • That all sounds like great advice. I mean, at some point everyone grows up, but can still benefit from advice. Whether one takes it depends on the quality of the relationship with the person giving the advice, and it has always sounded like you guys have a solid relationship.

                  The topic made me think of this article, which I thought was ridiculous at the time: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2012/aug/11/devastated-by-my-sons-tattoo

                  • wow, quite the reaction.
                    I think adults become ‘old’ too easily and early. There are very few things he could do to get a reaction like that from me, I’m trying to think of one, besides murder.

                    • I agree. (Although I notice that the pace has been different for me because of college teaching, I do notice it.) I read this and thought “you have not sufficiently differentiated your identity from that of your child.”

                    • I read it and thought, “man, you’re going to hate the next forty years.”

                    • LOL!

                      Child as wish-object. Your big family may be an advantage to you there; you already know there are many unanticipated outcomes.

                    • I know way too many people living and breathing through the skin of their children. It’s not a way to stay happy or in a connected, loving relationship. It’s about ownership and when this thing you own follows it’s own mind, you get articles, just like that one.

                    • I can imagine it’s like any project you spend 18 years of your life on. Hard to let go of 🙂 But I agree, I wish people could be slightly more detached in situations like this.

                    • The secret is being as excited about their next steps as you were about their first. It doesn’t hurt to add a dash or two of optimism in.

                    • I’ve always felt that was the secret to being a good teacher — invest a lot of effort, then smile when they walk out the door (it helps that they are forced to walk out by the educational system). Encourage them when they get in touch. But I know it’s not the same thing.

                    • It’s a good model to use though!

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