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Castlevania interview/article database
« on: November 28, 2015, 06:28:54 AM »
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This is a project I recently thought up which made me useful and interesting for anyone who is interested in the history of Castlevania. Occasionally, I stumble upon some obscure interview or article from website deleted long ago or in an obscure magazine, and find some infromation that is definitely useful but unfortunately forgotten. That's why I thought it would be interesting to make a thread that organises all these sources for quick and easy reference. For the sake of the project, I was also thinking of collecting Japanese magazines which contain CV info, and put them here for later analysis by me. Who knows what we might discover?

First of all, I wanted to ask a question. What do you guys think would be the best way to organise this stuff? Should I do it by title or by year? Input would be appreciated.

If you have an old magazine which contains an obscure interview with IGA or something, you can scan it and post it here, or you can link to it. From any period of Castlevania is fine, so also more recent stuff like LoS. You can post reviews if they contain interesting facts, but I was thinking about making this a database about objective information, so I'm personally the most interested in interviews, previews, that kind of thing.

I'll update this post with sources accordingly.   
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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #1 on: November 28, 2015, 10:29:34 AM »
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    Rather then a thread this would be a good opportunity to put such obscure info/articles/interviews in the actual CV Dungeon with it's own section. But if that can't be done then sure, why not make a thread for it?
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    « Reply #2 on: November 28, 2015, 10:40:40 AM »
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    I agree so much with this. There's crucial info out there being lost to the ages because no one is bothering to save them, or to properly organize them.

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    What do you guys think would be the best way to organise this stuff? Should I do it by title or by year? Input would be appreciated.

    Per title would be best, as the year, most of times, is irrelevant. There are very few cases where the "year" factor is important.
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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #3 on: November 28, 2015, 03:54:10 PM »
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    I've got a pretty good collection of magazines featuring Castlevania articles.  I have magazines from the NES years to Lords of Shadow, but mostly focusing on the GBA and DS years.  Only a small percentage of the CV articles have actual interviews, but I could share them eventually.  The problem is that this is a very time-intensive project, and I don't have anywhere near that kind of free time.  But hopefully I can do it at some point.

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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #4 on: November 28, 2015, 09:38:07 PM »
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    This is an excellent idea. I agree with plot to organize things by title.
    I don't know if the Dungeon website can still be manipulated/edited so, let's just keep it in the forums for now. Then, sticky the thread.
    My CV related magazines were all buried under tons of random stuff and I have no patience to uncover them.

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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #5 on: November 29, 2015, 05:47:18 AM »
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    I added a whole bunch of scans from the Dungeon's magazine scan library, including a gazillion ones for CV64. Mostly previews which show early versions of the games. Also, an interview the producer the producer of CV64, a bunch of interviews with IGA, and a small one with Yamane. There's still plenty of interviews to be found on the internet, and that's just the English material. Also, feel free to discuss anything that is written in those articles in this thread.     

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    Interesting how Carmilla was a boss for CV64 but never made it into the final game. Well she does get her 3D makeover anyways in DXC.
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    « Reply #8 on: November 29, 2015, 02:08:34 PM »
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    May not happen, but could this thread be stickied in lieu of the site itself being updated?

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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #9 on: November 29, 2015, 04:32:21 PM »
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    Somewhere in the depths of my house I have the EGM article with POR where Iga is interviewed and speaks about "SOTN 2" which was later to be known as the Alucard origins game, which sadly was ditched in favour of LOS.
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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #10 on: November 30, 2015, 12:48:39 AM »
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    Stickied this.

    Somewhere in the depths of my house I have the EGM article with POR where Iga is interviewed and speaks about "SOTN 2" which was later to be known as the Alucard origins game, which sadly was ditched in favour of LOS.

    Yeah. I remembered reading that too.

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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
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    Nagumo, I feel these two are important. One of them describes why Dracula is never redeemed and where is his soul sent after he is destroyed. There are more questions answered here that I have no idea what they mean:

    http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/cv-chron/manual/dengeki-scoop1.jpg
    http://www.vgmuseum.com/mrp/cv-chron/manual/dengeki-scoop2.jpg

    I also feel these shmuplations-translated interviews are important. The one in the first link is evidence that the developers (at least Toshiharu Furukawa) were already planning the 1999 event ever since SotN came out:

    http://shmuplations.com/symphony/
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    http://shmuplations.com/akumajox68000/
    http://shmuplations.com/kojiigarashi/
    http://gosokkyu.com/post/79456686343/akumajou-dracula-x-chi-no-rondo-interview-lead
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    Re: Castlevania interview/article database
    « Reply #12 on: November 30, 2015, 08:43:54 AM »
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    Sorted them except that one link that is a collection of IGA interviews from different years. How should I categorize that one?

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    It seems the bit about Dracula being corrupted after he got sealed is one of four things IGA explains about the overall storyline. The first one is about Dracula's origin in the 11th century, the second bit seems to be something about why there are inccidents that defiate from the 100-year rule, and the last one is about "why only Richter has a title". (I'll look into that one). edit: the kanji are too small for me. Shiroi, do you know what it says?

    Interesting how Carmilla was a boss for CV64 but never made it into the final game. Well she does get her 3D makeover anyways in DXC.

    Strangely enough, she is called "witch" in that magazine scan. I wonder if that enemy was just supposed to based on Carmilla. 
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    « Reply #13 on: November 30, 2015, 10:39:26 PM »
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    and the last one is about "why only Richter has a title". (I'll look into that one). edit: the kanji are too small for me. Shiroi, do you know what it says?

    I glanced the 4th one and it said that Richter was the last Belmont to hold the VK, thus the title.

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    How should I categorize that one?

    I think it going under "Miscellaneous" is good enough, with the games covered in parenthesis (this is one case where "Year" would be a better cathegorization than "Game").
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