Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Legend Of Zelda: A Generation?s Awakening

I was trying for a few weeks to write a review of the remake of Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on the 3DS and I couldn't do it. It was too hard. I was lost to the experience of the thing and knew that I'd simply gush over the new graphics and old storyline and have little to say about the quality of the thing. Then, like a porcine Robert Pirsig, I began to think about the quality of the thing and why Zelda plays such an important part in my life and the lives of an entire generation. The Legend of Zelda came out at a crucial point in history. Launched in August, 1987, the game appeared on the cusp of the Iran-Contra hearings and its launch coincided with a major LA earthquake. To children of the 1970s who were just coming into their own (I was 12 then), it was a frightening and confusing time. I was too young to understand the world, yet old enough to be afraid of it. I don't want to conflate world events with the launch of a game, but I think it's accurate in this case and, at the very least, helps explain some of the world as we (or I) saw it.


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