Comments on: Castlevania: Symphony of the Night /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/ Spotlight's Game Reviews Tue, 11 Oct 2011 09:45:55 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.1 By: Tim /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-6038 Tim Fri, 17 Dec 2010 04:09:35 +0000 /?p=821#comment-6038 Unfortunately, that's a dead link now. Unfortunately, that's a dead link now.

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By: Tim /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-6036 Tim Fri, 17 Dec 2010 03:59:54 +0000 /?p=821#comment-6036 Interestingly, a lot of the names in Symphony were changed for the Western release; some were to thrown in random Lord of the Rings references (Crissaegrim should be Valmanway, for example). Grandfalloon is supposed to be Legion, the demon from Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30, and its descriptions in the series usually refer to it as "one who is many." "Granfalloon" is a term from a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, describing a group of individuals who claim a shared association which is actually meaningless. It's not a particularly good name for the creature. Beelzebub appears to be a form of the name of an old Semetic deity; it's used twice in the Bible, once as the name of the "God of Ekron" in 2 Kings and later in the Gospels as the name of the "Prince of Demons" when Jesus is accused of driving out demons in Beelzebub's name. If you're wondering why anyone would actually worship a "lord of the flies," apparently they believed that flies were the cause of disease, so if their lord called them away from a patient, he'd be spared. Interestingly, a lot of the names in Symphony were changed for the Western release; some were to thrown in random Lord of the Rings references (Crissaegrim should be Valmanway, for example). Grandfalloon is supposed to be Legion, the demon from Mark 5:9 and Luke 8:30, and its descriptions in the series usually refer to it as "one who is many."

"Granfalloon" is a term from a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, describing a group of individuals who claim a shared association which is actually meaningless. It's not a particularly good name for the creature.

Beelzebub appears to be a form of the name of an old Semetic deity; it's used twice in the Bible, once as the name of the "God of Ekron" in 2 Kings and later in the Gospels as the name of the "Prince of Demons" when Jesus is accused of driving out demons in Beelzebub's name. If you're wondering why anyone would actually worship a "lord of the flies," apparently they believed that flies were the cause of disease, so if their lord called them away from a patient, he'd be spared.

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By: Dave /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-4829 Dave Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:32:42 +0000 /?p=821#comment-4829 P.S. Even though it's labeled as a Pentagram, it's actually a "Star of David," since it has 6 points, so either the Japanese accidentally put a Star of David as a Pentagram or they called it the wrong thing, which would be considered Engrish, a common thing in Japanese video games in the U.S. P.S. Even though it's labeled as a Pentagram, it's actually a "Star of David," since it has 6 points, so either the Japanese accidentally put a Star of David as a Pentagram or they called it the wrong thing, which would be considered Engrish, a common thing in Japanese video games in the U.S.

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By: Rekkusu /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-3310 Rekkusu Sun, 16 Aug 2009 08:40:30 +0000 /?p=821#comment-3310 @<a href="#comment-773" rel="nofollow">Balrog</a>: Just a note: Alucard is just Dracula backwards. @Balrog:

Just a note: Alucard is just Dracula backwards.

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By: Theophilus /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-2825 Theophilus Sat, 13 Jun 2009 16:05:36 +0000 /?p=821#comment-2825 It should also be noted that Richter Belmont is an unlockable (playable) character, however this requires that you first play the game through (200% or so) as Alucard (and even then you have to type in a code in the player-naming menu to get Richter). Playing as Richter is a lot more difficult then playing as Alucard. It should also be noted that Richter Belmont is an unlockable (playable) character, however this requires that you first play the game through (200% or so) as Alucard (and even then you have to type in a code in the player-naming menu to get Richter). Playing as Richter is a lot more difficult then playing as Alucard.

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By: Theophilus /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-2769 Theophilus Tue, 02 Jun 2009 23:50:20 +0000 /?p=821#comment-2769 @<a href="#comment-2767" rel="nofollow">B</a>: Part of why people can enjoy games like these is because they don't feel there's any issue being given them by their conscience. When I played it through for the first time I had no problem with it; it wasn't that I was trying to justify the evil in it so I could enjoy it without any moral objections. I honestly did not feel my conscience telling me that there was a problem with it. However, after considering some of the objections other people have had to it I have become more aware of the dark aspects of the game that I wasn't aware of before. I still think that the game can be enjoyed alright and that at its core its still a good game it's just that the game gets caught up in its gothic trappings enough so that I can't recommend it now to every gamer out there. Also, at least part of why there is occult symbolism in the game is because some occult serve Dracula and are responsible for him being raised from the dead (according to the game's story). So that explains (at least in part) why there are some occult references sprinkled throughout the game. I do agree though that they could have toned down some of the dark references a bit. But yeah I don't think that the occult references are in the game just to serve as some sort of form of "decoration" or anything like that but are in there because of the details given by the game's story. @B:

Part of why people can enjoy games like these is because they don’t feel there’s any issue being given them by their conscience. When I played it through for the first time I had no problem with it; it wasn’t that I was trying to justify the evil in it so I could enjoy it without any moral objections. I honestly did not feel my conscience telling me that there was a problem with it. However, after considering some of the objections other people have had to it I have become more aware of the dark aspects of the game that I wasn’t aware of before. I still think that the game can be enjoyed alright and that at its core its still a good game it’s just that the game gets caught up in its gothic trappings enough so that I can’t recommend it now to every gamer out there.

Also, at least part of why there is occult symbolism in the game is because some occult serve Dracula and are responsible for him being raised from the dead (according to the game’s story). So that explains (at least in part) why there are some occult references sprinkled throughout the game. I do agree though that they could have toned down some of the dark references a bit. But yeah I don’t think that the occult references are in the game just to serve as some sort of form of “decoration” or anything like that but are in there because of the details given by the game’s story.

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By: B /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-2768 B Tue, 02 Jun 2009 20:40:54 +0000 /?p=821#comment-2768 @<a href="#comment-2765" rel="nofollow">Colonel Link</a>: I also see what you are saying. People are sinners by nature, but we have Saved by The Grace of GOD. We have a new nature we try to live by, even if our flesh is still weak at times. In this way the character being a vampire is similar. I think every Chrsitian has an internal struggle of good and bad inside of them. @Colonel Link: I also see what you are saying. People are sinners by nature, but we have Saved by The Grace of GOD. We have a new nature we try to live by, even if our flesh is still weak at times. In this way the character being a vampire is similar. I think every Chrsitian has an internal struggle of good and bad inside of them.

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By: B /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-2767 B Tue, 02 Jun 2009 20:37:12 +0000 /?p=821#comment-2767 @<a href="#comment-2763" rel="nofollow">SeriousGamer</a>: I am not sure. Truthfully it is better to leave the whole series alone. People try to justify things that are evil so they can enjoy them without guilt. It's the evil symbolism that gets me. To me Castlevania is like Batman the Dark Knight (which I should have left alone). We get it, the Joker is evil and crazy. We don't need a dark example to prove the point every two minutes. The same with this series. Dracula is evil, we don't need it to be spelled out. The symbols just suggest to me that the developers are into the occult. But, as I said I see your point too, Dracula is a character based on wickedness. Is it ok to play these games? I am unsure, so I will stay away. Like you said everyone needs to pray and not just do what they want to. @SeriousGamer: I am not sure. Truthfully it is better to leave the whole series alone. People try to justify things that are evil so they can enjoy them without guilt. It’s the evil symbolism that gets me. To me Castlevania is like Batman the Dark Knight (which I should have left alone). We get it, the Joker is evil and crazy. We don’t need a dark example to prove the point every two minutes. The same with this series. Dracula is evil, we don’t need it to be spelled out. The symbols just suggest to me that the developers are into the occult. But, as I said I see your point too, Dracula is a character based on wickedness. Is it ok to play these games? I am unsure, so I will stay away. Like you said everyone needs to pray and not just do what they want to.

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By: SeriousGamer /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-2766 SeriousGamer Tue, 02 Jun 2009 18:42:55 +0000 /?p=821#comment-2766 @<a href="#comment-2765" rel="nofollow">Colonel Link</a>: Touche. But then again a lot of questionable stuff isn't explicitly dealt with in the Bible. @Colonel Link:

Touche. But then again a lot of questionable stuff isn’t explicitly dealt with in the Bible.

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By: Colonel Link /2008-reviews/821/castlevania-symphony-of-the-night/comment-page-1/#comment-2765 Colonel Link Tue, 02 Jun 2009 17:09:39 +0000 /?p=821#comment-2765 @<a href="#comment-2763" rel="nofollow">SeriousGamer</a>: "True, they are only folklore, but that doesn???t necessarily excuse it anymore than it excuses something like Twilight or Harry Potter. The point is, it takes something associated with evil and tries to portray it in a way that makes it good; something unredeemable and tries to redeem it." Dragons are also associated with evil, because people feared them. That doesn't mean they <em>are</em> evil. You're basing your entire argument about vampires on myths and stories. There isn't a single <em>biblical</em> passage that backs up your argument, and the Bible is the final authority on all spiritual matters. @SeriousGamer:
“True, they are only folklore, but that doesn???t necessarily excuse it anymore than it excuses something like Twilight or Harry Potter. The point is, it takes something associated with evil and tries to portray it in a way that makes it good; something unredeemable and tries to redeem it.”
Dragons are also associated with evil, because people feared them. That doesn’t mean they are evil. You’re basing your entire argument about vampires on myths and stories. There isn’t a single biblical passage that backs up your argument, and the Bible is the final authority on all spiritual matters.

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