Saturday, August 11, 2018
England is associated with the colours red and white. Some say it is due to the Houses of Lancaster and York which had a red rose and white rose? However even before then there was the red dragon of wales and white dragon of England. Coincidence? Remember the Original United Kingdom was a union of the Welsh and English.
Here is a fun flag for the English, based upon the Atari Adventure dragons by Warren Robinett.
Image Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_dragon
Monday, August 6, 2018
There are many kingdoms within the Game of Thrones cable television series on HBO. But note, the dominant religion is held in the Faith of the Seven. Seven also refers to the Seven Kingdoms, when Westeros was divided into seven kingdoms and then conquered by House Targaryen by the Sir Aegon Targaryen.
Here is a flag that represents the Original Seven Kingdoms that became united as one under House Targaryen.
To the right is a blue region that has a circle, a crescent moon and falcon that represents House Arryn which rules over the Kingdom of the Mountain & Vale.
Next over to the right is the Dire wolf's head on white. This sigil represents the House of Stark which rules the Kingdom of the North.
Further right is the lion of the house Lannister on a field of red. The Lannister House rules over The Kingdom of the Rock.
Below the Lion of Lannister is a stag on a field of yellow with a crown around its neck. This sigil represents the House of Durrandon which eventually mixed and became House Baratheon. This area is the Kingdom of the Stormlands.
To the left is a chained saltire with four different emblems of the House Hoare, which is a House no more. The four emblems being a longship, grapes, a pine, and a raven. The ancient Kingdom was the Isle and the Rivers. This Kingdom is split. The Isles are under the House Ironborn while the mainland is under House Tully. House Ironborn has a yellow squid upon black, while House Tully has a trout leaping in the air coloured red above a river.
Further left is the sigil of a green hand on white that represents the extinct House of Gardener. Instead of the 'green thumb' they have a green hand to denote farming expertise. This is the Kingdom of the Reach which is now split. House Tyrell occupies part and the other half is directly ruled by the Iron Throne, kinda' like Washington DC being under the seat of the King, oops I meant federal government,
better known as the Iron Throne.
Finally in the lower left corner is the sigil of House Martell which as the Sun pierced by a spear. This is the Kingdom Dorne, usually referred as a Principality, yet a Kingdom nonetheless.
This great work of fiction takes a lot of hints from the ancient English history when England was divided into Seven Kingdoms. You can see the flag below crossed with the Iron Throne Kingdoms of HBO. Starting from the lower left corner the authentic seven kingdoms were: Mercia (yellow X on blue), Northumbria (yellow and red, vertical stripes), Sussex (the six birds on blue), Kent (white horse on red). Then on the upper part we have: Essex (3 swords on red), East Anglia (3 crowns on blue), Wessex (the yellow dragon on red). Finally in the canton is the religious symbol and icon for all original seven Kingdoms that became England (red cross on a white field).
Sunday, August 5, 2018
Wessex is represented by a yellow dragon on red. In this case the dragon from Atari's Adventure is recycled for a fun flag from the Golden Age of Video Game Consoles. If you didn't know Wessex was one of the 'seven kingdoms' of England. Today in the Game of Thrones cable TV series on HBO, the fictional seven kingdoms of Westeros were inspired by these authentic seven kingdoms of history.
Image Source from Robinett's Website:
The Fun Moscow Atari Dragon flag is a silly design that Gen-X gamers and video game historians will enjoy. The regular Moscow flag has St. George on horseback striking a black dragon. However with this flag, we have a dead 1979 Adventure dragon.
Adventure 1979 was created by Warren Robinett who put the first 'Easter Egg' in a video game. Back then Atari video game designers were not allowed to get credit nor collect any royalties. They wanted to keep the workers under the corporate thumb as virtual slaves to a system. However Robinett left an unauthorized bonus screen. In a way Warren was the very first Neo, long before the rise of Matrix 1999 movie. Thus to honor to his pioneering move to stick it to the system, here is an Atari homage. But that is not Keanau Reeves, rather it is supposed to be Warren Robinett.
Apple Schmapple: We want a Robinett Movie!
the video on the previous post at 49:11 to see for yourself.
Likewise once you cross the Indus River, the theme of the Dragons become something more of a good thing than a bad thing. St. George is popular national Saint, especially in Russia and the UK, and is often depicted killing a dragon. However, east of the Urals, the dragon is not a spirit to be conquered. Rather it is supposed to be honored.
|Official Flag of Bhutan|
So in honor of dragons on flags and to make people in the West notice this little slice of heaven in the East, Bhutan, we have the Atari-Bhutan Dragon flag. It has a white Atari dragon on the yellow and orange field of Bhutan.
Oddly video games have unintended consequences, that being of death and rebirth—reincarnation. In Adventure 1979, you can die and get stuck in video game purgatory. All you have to do hit the reset switch (reincarnate) and you can come back and your objects will be where you left them. But any Dragons you have killed, will also reincarnate and continue to block your path.
Saturday, August 4, 2018
Funny thing is, there are three dragons in the Game of Thrones. But back in the 1970s the original dragons from Atari were there first. Coincidentally they even have the same colours of red, yellow, and green. Is this just a coincidence or should Atari claim some credit for this show?
It all makes sense now, since you basically play as John Snow in the original Atari game. In 1970s glory the game Adventure could have been called Game of Thrones 1979? Maybe they'll repackage it?
Subsequently the castles all fit into place the White Castle is actually Winterfell. The Black Castle is the Castle Black—THE WALL. It all fits into place. Adventure was indeed, partly, the source material for Game of Thrones. Those weren't bats! They were crows!
Game of Thrones Dragons Image Source:: https://www.thinkgeek.com/product/1db3/
On Dragon: https://www.romper.com/p/will-drogon-die-on-game-of-thrones-he-was-severely-injured-74955