The moment we laid eyes on Vanillaware’s upcoming Dragon’s Crown, we were absolutely floored by how beautifully detailed and stunningly animated the game was. Once again, Vanillaware’s expertise with 2D animation would be on full display, and this time in HD. With each trailer I posted here, I described to the best of my knowledge what I was seeing. And by best I meant “one the surface, what am I looking at.” However one art blogger, Richmond, took it one step further to analyze the various influences Dragon’s Crown had on display.
For his analysis, he watched the most recent trailer for the game (which now has an English version) Just to summarize a few of the many things he covers, much of what influences Dragon’s crown comes from Disney Cartoons, Greek mythology, sculpture, and architecture, Judeo-Christian motifs, Renaissance paintings, classic films, and Conan The Barbarian. He even analyzes things many might overlook, like an emblem on a knight, the parchment around the sword that’s stabbing a ghost knight, and even that other buxom sorceress. If you’re an art nut and/or wondering what makes this game tick, go on and read Richmond’s article over at Art-Eater. He’s also got something for you fighting game fans out there.
After many months, and after many votes, the Smithsonian has chosen what games will be shown during their Art of Videogames exhibit. There are some obvious choices, and some surprises. Since this list is long, you’ll have to hit the jump to see them. Okay? So here we go.
While there’s no news of the PSP version of Persona 2: Innocent Sin coming to the US (yet), we can get a hold of some Persona 2 wallpapers in the mean time. There’s only one right now (it’s the above image), but there is more soon to come.
To those wondering about what this iteration of P2:Innocent Sin is, it’s basically a remake of the entry that appeared back on the PS1. There’s actually two Persona 2 games: Eternal Punishment and Innocent Sin. What we originally got was Persona 2: Eternal Punishment, which is more or less a parallel dimension story. In other words, it’s an alternate retelling of the overarching Persona 2 story. What the PSP is getting is Innocent Sin, the original story of Persona 2. I don’t know much about the story per se, being another one of those people that got into Persona through P3P and P4, but the story sounds good and I’ll be anticipating this entry. To the purists out there, there is an option to switch between the original’s soundtrack and the new one. Here’s the intro scene to give you an idea on what to expect from the new Persona 2.
A quick sifting through Kotaku’s “Talk Amongst Yourselves” brought me back to this pic that I saw in the beginning of the month, and thus reminded of how awesome this is. Made by Kotakuite “pixelmatic,” he blends Hokusai’s “The Great Wave of Kanegawa” with the Cheep Cheeps (and that big bastard that would eat you) from Super Mario Bros. 3. Another user, Realityflaw, made a hi-res version for your wallpapering pleasure (just be ready for the pop-ups that Mediafire is littered with).
The Smithsonian wants to put up an exhibit of videogames, and they need our help choosing the games to showcase.
They’ve separated the categories into 5 Eras, each with their own system and genre. You are give (I think) about 70 votes. BUT, you can only vote for one game per genre. For example, in the adventure genre for the SNES, they have Earthbound, The Legend of Zelda: LttP, and Chrono Trigger. You can only choose one game in that bunch, and you can’t change your mind once you make your vote. I already voted for the games I want up there. And trust me, it’s some pretty tough choices they have up there.