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Saturday, November 17, 2007

All that is necessary for bogus quotes to proliferate is for lazy writers not to follow-up on sources...

Apparently, Edmund Burke's "famous quote" does not have an original source. It is probably a paraphrasing of some things that he has actually said. Nevertheless, it is reasonably famous, seemingly first appearing in Bartlett's Famous Quotations (14th ed, 1968).

Well, normally, this alone would not qualify it for a blog post. However, in the recent port of Castlevania: Symphony of the Night to PSP as a bonus for Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, the "best" ending has an exchange between Alucard and Richter Belmont that includes within it, the following dialogue:

Alucard: "[...] The only thing necessary for evil to triumph..."
Richter: "is for good men to do nothing."

So, I say, why attribute a fine quote like that to Edmund Burke, when you can attribute it to the son of Dracula and a Belmont! Since this version of SotN has a redone translation, I will have to check my PS1 copy to see if it is the same in the original. Also, bear in mind that a literal translation of the Japanese voice-acting does change the word-order so exactly which half of the quote belongs to whom is a translator issue.

Symphony of the Night remains a highly-praised game, having seen release on multiple systems. If you haven't played it yet, either the XBOX 360 Live Arcade version or the Playstation 3 / PSP download from the online Playstation Store should suffice.

Although the port in Dracula X Chronicles has redone voice acting, translation, and some changes to the gameplay, it also costs three times as much, since it is actually a bonus to another game. I have to say, however, that the main game in Dracula X Chronicles is not all that fun, suffering from some major gameplay issues that weren't fixed when they decided to remake the original Rondo of Blood. Besides, it can only be a bad thing when such famously "bad" voice acting lines are replaced:

Dracula: "What is a man? A miserable little pile of secrets! [...]"

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