Monday, July 22, 2019

Bloodstained Ritual of the Night Backer

Sep 20, 2015 I helped back a game called Bloodstained Ritual of The Night. Made by the famous Castlevania game  director IGA Igarashi, such a great game series!! It has an anime netflix show, be sure to check out if you like Gothic Horror and/or Dracula. It was released a month ago and is awesome everything I hoped it would be available on all current consoles and PC.  Here: is the name I chose for myself in the credits.  Drathian Drachenhertz.  (Drachenhertz, kinda means heart of the Dragon in German, and I use Drathian as my main nick online, although the word has ties to dragons in lore, I got it by combining my favorite enemy space fighter the Kilrathi Dralthi from the Wing Commander game series. When I started with this name I was the only Drathian, now we are many lol)

New Additional Domain Name

While I work out the bugs due to the untimely death of google+; almost got locked out here -_- ,  I have another address pointing here.  For the loyal Dämon Schloß Dracul fans.


Sunday, October 18, 2015

New Domain Name Added

I am now the owner of the domain, it currently redirects here.  I'll keep this thing updated more often.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ayami Kojima

It has been a while since I posted.  I recently purchased "Santa Lilio Sangre" by Ayami Kojima.  It is a book that was published in 2010, and features the artwork of one of CastleVania's premier artists.  It is a bit on the pricey side, (I purchased mine from Amazon) but it is ultimately worth the cost.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

All Hail the New Blog

     What are the origins of the name of this blog "Demon Castle Dracula," you ask? Let's go back in time to some good ol' retro gaming history first.  In the 1980's a company by the name of Galoob, made a cheat device that hex edited Nintendo NES games in runtime RAM.  For whatever nonsensical reason, this made Nintendo furious.  They took out a lawsuit claiming that Galoob violated their intellectual property by changing copyrighted codes.  This of course was impossible to prove, however the courts bought it, and Nintendo won the lawsuit by the time the SNES Game Genie was out.  Galoob lost millions, and retreated away from the gaming industry.

     Fast forward to the inception of my website, midway through the lifetime of Geocities (circa 1994).  My website's name is a mistranslated form of the Japanese game Akumjou Dracula, known in the states, and outside Japan, as CastleVania.  As far as I know you can not copyright the mistranslated forms of titles, although the world never ceases to amaze me.  My site was originally a link to a lot of fan made CastleVania projects, which eventually started in the concept of ROM hacking.  Basically it is a form of modding games that were on systems where they could not normally be modified.  This is done by editing changes to code that was dumped off the original game.
     The copyright laws of the 90's and the 00's were quite complicated, then came the introduction of the DMCA laws, or Digital Millennium Copyright Act.  This gave companies a much faster way to complain about individuals, or groups, misusing their intellectual property.  It was a very scary law, for the internet, that made bigger companies that hosted communications websites very nervous. They were quick to jump to block content for any, no matter how silly, complaint, without verifying it first.  This has been the way the internet has worked up through now.  While the law claims to protect intellectual property, it has been abused by companies that throw bogus claims out, to try to either steal, by claiming as their own, or intimidating individuals into surrendering their intellectual property.  The system to fight wrongful claims is nonexistent, outside of lawsuits, and the cumbersome appeals process of hosted communication websites.

     Now, back to my website.  By the time it was starting to become popular, DMCA threats, none of which were ever shared with me, caused my site to move servers several times, even change languages.  Much like Galoob, mistakenly thinking that you could change code to an item without it being an intellectual copyright mess, I found myself in a dilemma.  Even though my site had disclaimers that only the modified data was allowed, and you had to find the source material yourself, this still wasn't enough to satisfy those whose intent was to bring it, and its like, down forever.
      So by mid 2014 my site finally came down.  I held onto the domain name, unsure of what to do with it, but by Thanksgiving 2014 I decided to make it a somewhat random mixture of a gaming and current affairs Blog.  There you have it, in case you ever wondered. RIP old site, and all hail the new Blog.

Friday, November 28, 2014

An Opening Gambit

Just thought I'd make an initial post, and say hello to everyone.  This is going to be an attempt to amuse, confuse and inform the masses.