Hello spacetime community and thank you for dropping by my thread! I wanted to start with a little explanation for what this thread is about. The other day I was showing a friend of mine Dark Legends. He wasn't sure if he wanted to play it or not because both of us aren't too fond of blood, and I had mentioned to him that there was a lot of blood in the game. I began playing the game and he was watching me. Then, all of the sudden, he says, "Whoa, I'm definitely not playing that game now." I was puzzled at this and asked him why. He then began to explain that he saw a demonic symbol in the game. Both him and I are of the Christian faith so you could see how this could maybe present a problem for us. Anyways, I had never noticed any "demonic symbol" so I asked him where it was. Here are some pictures that show the symbol he was referring to.
Now, as far as I had known, this innocent looking star was nothing more than a star created by the design team to look awesome. However, this is entirely not the case.
Because the idea of a demonic symbol in this epic vampire game was somewhat unsettling to me, I decided to do some research on this strange symbol. The following is a link to some very insightful information on this symbol called "Pentagram."
Here are some images of an actual Pentagram. You can tell with the second picture where Dark Legends got its design from
If you don't have time to read all of this information, I'll try to summarize as best I can. Essentially, this symbol has meant a vast variety of things throughout generations aging all the way back to ancient Greece, and perhaps even before that. It has represented many many different religious ideas from different cults and religious groups in general, such as a guard against evil, a heavenly body, a symbol of trade, a Wiccan symbol for the spirit and the elements, and much, much more. In our modern age, however, this is what is come to represent-
"It simply represents what the user wants it to represent." Interesting statement. In fact, I'm not so certain I agree. If you were to ask someone fairly clueless on the subject, what they think the Pentagram is, they would probably say something to the extent of, "Isn't it some kind of demon or witchcraft thing?" Either way, regardless of what it has come to represent, there should be one thing you have noticed. It has nothing to do with vampires! So why put it in a predominantly vampire game, especially when it is so commonly misinterpreted as a demonic themed symbol? Personally, I don't think it should be used. However, there another symbol which would fit this game perfectly.
A quick thing to point out is that the star used in Dark Legends appears to be the one pointing down, rather than up. This is noteworthy because the Pentagram pointed down is much more closely related to Satanistic cults and, well basically just worse stuff in general. However I noticed that, in Dark Legends, the star changes from level to level. Sometimes it's pointed up, and sometimes it's pointed down. Either way it is still a Pentagram and as such doesn't really matter whether it's point is up or down.
The Vampire Star
Here is a picture of what I think should be used instead of the pentagram
While I was not able to look up any kind of history for this particular symbol, mainly because there are hundreds of vampire symbols, it does represent vampires. In fact, most of the symbols I was able to look up said nothing more than "a symbol representing vampires or vampiric activity." Now I'm paraphrasing, but you get the idea.
So you may be wondering why I care so much. You may think "so there's a demonic star. Big deal." However there are really two main reasons why I wish that it would be replaced.
1. (reason one deleted)
2. There is no apparent reason! The pentagram simply doesn't fit the mood. You are a vampire fighting evil. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, the storyline has you hunting down some demonic possessor lady named "Jessa." In other words, you're trying to kill someone for demon possessing people and yet your victory symbol at the end of each level is...a symbol closely related to demonic themed things? It would make so much more sense to have a vampire star at the end of each level. Wouldn't you agree?
For the future reference of this thread let me clarify. I'm not here to say this game sucks because it has a "demonic symbol" and I'm a Christian who hates demon symbols. I think this game is amazing! And I love researching interesting topics, such as this Pentagram. As such I decided to post here for two reasons.
1. To enlighten others, like myself, who like to learn interesting facts
2. To point out that the symbol itself does not fit the game.
Obviously I was wrong about point two, thanks to Carapace. :-)
Lastly, whether the symbol was in there or not, I would still play the game. It is ONLY a symbol. And it is ONLY a game. Please keep chat on topic, and civil.
Let me know what y'all think!