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Will the Real Raven Please Stand Up?
(5/3/2000) V Planet and Clockwerk Productions investigate one of the most overused hero names in QB games.
The raven (corvus corvax) is a bird that has appeared in many myths since old Norse times. The Danish called it Ravn, the Dutch call it Raaf, and even the English used to call this bird "hroefn". Because of myths, it's illegal to kill a raven in England.
This creature is a complicated little guy, yet Edgar Allan Poe seemed to portray ravens with such a clarity that they are still popular to this day. So why is it that a creature this complicated could be refered to so often? There are at least three guys that call themselves "Raven" in just about every school in America. Perhaps it's because of the words dark connotation. It seems to make someone seem dark, mysterious, and untouchable.
To show just how popular the name Raven is, even QB games are getting into the act! The name Raven can refer to the RPG character from Clockwerk Production's upcoming game The Morikun Tale. Raven is also the name of a platform protaganist in V Game's platform Raven: the Yoyo commando. And a third hero of the same name seemingly became the star in another RPG titled Distant Promises, Darkness Ethereal's flagship RPG.
So who among these QB heroes can really
call themselves the real Raven? Well, let's consider each of them and what
they've done for QB's sake.
So who claims the throne as the real Raven of QB games? Nobody really knows. Some developers are considering changing their main character's names. For instance, Clockwerk Productions are changing their RAVEN to Kurai (meaning "dark" in Japanese). Darkness Ethereal has so many RPGs that one hero with a common name isn't such a big deal. As for V Games, we believe the yoyo commando is comfortable being with such great company.
As for all you developers out there... don't make the same mistake. When naming your next hero you can use any other name in the world. John, Mike, now them's fighting names. LEAVE THE BIRD ALONE!!! We have enough ravens already.
- Ravengoth427 & Vance Velez
Special thanks to Ravengoth427 for writing the first half of this article and designing the great Eminem picture! Visit Clockwerk Productions, home of the RPG The Morikun Tale, at http://www.clockwerkdesigns.cc.st/.