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Random Shakepeare

OJ Villacorta


Ateneo de Manila University

Disclaimer: I don’t own any of the pictures being used in this presentation

This slideshow is showcases Shakespeare in what I consider to be some of my hobbies. I didn’t really focus on one particular “topic”, which sort of justifies the title of being random. I hope you can learn more about Shakespeare in other forms as well as learning more about me.

So here we go:

This “Shakespeare” aptly named Shakespearicles is from the popular PC game Team Fortress 2. According to the game he is “the inventor of the two-story building, the stage play, America and the Rocket Launcher, has a powerful grasp on language and the ability to bench press 700 British pounds”.

Here is another example of Shakespeare finding his way into video games. This time it’s from the old Playstation 1 game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. The picture is  self-explanatory, with Yorick from Hamlet appearing as a lesser enemy. All he does is chase after his head, which he never gets as he just kicks it around (unintentionally).

It was no surprise to me when I found that Shakespeare could be found in Magic: The Gathering, a trading card game which I play. At the bottom of the card, one can see a line from Shakespeare’s King Lear. It is worth noting that this card is one the most powerful/useful in the game, so it’s kinda fitting and even poetic to attach Shakespeare to it.

In this day and age, you know it just had to be done. Yes there is a Shakespeare Twitter. Google it, but here’s the link anyway: http://twitter.com/shakespearesays

Although it hasn’t been updated for almost a year, there are some funny “tweets” to be found. But more than anything else, it is just a “gimmick” for getting followers I guess.

This is “Kill Shakepeare”  a comic book series from IDW Publishing. According to the creators it is “a combination of  Fables, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen , and Lord of The Rings.” Basically it’s Shakespeare Heroes vs Shakespeare Villains with Shakespeare himself caught in the middle of the epic conflict. Talk about crossovers.

Since Vampires are apparently the current “trend” nowadays someone decided to take the classic love story of Romeo and Juliet and put vampires in it. Someone just had to do it. So in the book the Capulets are a vampire clan and the Montagues are the vampire hunters. Personally I think this whole vampire thing has been milked dry to the point it’s not even funny anymore but hey, it happened. Shakespeare and Vampires.  Just for the record, I’m not a fan of the “new vampires”.

That’s it for me! I hoped you enjoyed this presentation of mine. I think it’s safe to say that Shakespeare can thrive in other forms of media besides books.


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  1. February 13, 2011 at 6:16 pm

    I like the twitter shakespeare 🙂
    and the whole vamp thing is pretty much romeo and juliet inspired isn’t it? The whole “forbidden love” thing, but ya the vampire phase is getting really old.

    • February 20, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      The Twitter shakespeare hasn’t been updated in a while. I guess it was a one-shot kinda deal. Not even shakespeare is safe from the vampire craze!

  2. Francisco Falgui
    February 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    I’m a big fan of vampires and the undead but writers are just using them too much. I agree with you, and these authors have sucked out everything they can from vampires (ironic isn’t it). It makes me wonder how this Romeo and Juliet will end. (Probably turning to dust with their arms around each other. What happens to their families? Etc.)

    • February 20, 2011 at 7:22 pm

      It’s old, but if you think about the whole vampire thing still kinda works with Romeo and Juliet. It’s still forbidden love with the whole vampire and vampire hunter/human kinda thing going on.

  3. humunahumuna
    February 25, 2011 at 12:30 am

    It just had to happen, didn’t it? Even the great Shakespeare couldn’t escape the current vampire mania. I like how the Romeo and Juliet on the cover look suspiciously like Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson. Sneaky little marketing tactic by the publisher there.

    Any idea how Shakespeareans see this version?:)

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