Friday, February 28, 2014

Project: Clockwork Empire

"Clockwork Empire" by Dresden Codak cartoonist Aaron Diaz

Aaron Diaz easily makes the list of my top ten "internet famous" artists, not just because of his art style (which I love), but because of his fantastic taste in subject matter.  First, he pitched an animated version of The Silmarillion, now he's pitching a version of The Legend of Zelda in which Princess Zelda is the protagonist in practice, as well as name.  I would play the game, and I suspect plenty of others would as well.
"Inspired by Anita Sarkeesian’s Video Game Tropes vs Women, I wanted to pitch a Zelda game where Zelda herself was the hero, rescuing a Prince Link.

Clockwork Empire is set 2,000 years after Twilight Princess, and is not a reboot, but simply another iteration in the Zelda franchise. It just so happens that in this case, Zelda is the protagonist. I’m a very big Zelda fan, and worked hard to draw from key elements in the continuity and mythos.

This concept work is meant to show that Zelda as a game protagonist can be both compelling and true to the franchise, while bringing new and dynamic game elements that go farther than being a simple gender swap."  Read more >>

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