Let me start this out with the fact that I am a VERY new gamer—so new to the point that I’m not even sure I can be considered a gamer as much as a geek who enjoys games. I have been attempting (causally) to beat Donkey Kong Country since I was 12; I adore Super Mario Bros., but everything that I’ve played till recently has been on SNES. My husband and I got married last year and he has all these systems that I suddenly find enticing. I’m told that they’re old, but hey I’m a Newbie right? They’re new and shiny in my eyes, and now that Mario’s multiplayer mode allows you to play together instead of waiting for the other person to die by crawling cacti or fire flowers [Editor’s Note: Pokey and Piranha Plants], I am even more excited by video games.
They’re all so cool!
In this I was talking to a friend of mine and he said, “Hey you would enjoy the Zelda games!”
To which I replied, “Wait… the one that looks like a Keebler elf? Hmm I’ll think about it.”
For the next several months, it felt like I heard about nothing but Zelda. What is this game and why is it so popular? Breath of the Wild was about to drop and everyone was talking about all the old games. One day my husband and I are at our local gaming store, and I decide: what the hey let’s give this a shot!
What have I done?
I purchase Twilight Princess (Wii) and begin to play. So far I am enthralled. The world is beautiful, and the instruction disguised as gameplay is one of my favorite aspects. I have to admit that for about 2 hours I was trying to figure out what was going on. Why am I having to heard these ignorant sheep and why can I not seem to catch this cat that I have been chasing all over the 100 acre woods?!
These are the things that are running through my mind as I play through the introduction. Much yelling and flailing followed, and so much so that not only did my fitbit say that I had reached my daily steps (YAY!), but also my arms were so sore, I felt like I really had been wielding a sword.
I get to the save point and go to bed. Sadly, because of how hectic my life is, I go several weeks without playing. When I return, , the world I have come to know and love is there; It’s a new day in Hyrule. I figure out how to progress with the story and then all of the sudden I’m a wolf, I’m chained up, and this ANNOYING pixie is following me around once I break out of prison.
Now I need you to understand that I am a very vocal, very expressive player. When the sky pixelization started happening, I became so distressed that I was yelling at the television so loudly that I scared my husband. He then proceeded to laugh at me—he finds great entertainment in watching me freak out over games. Thanks babe. I am discovering I have to learn to control this because with the Wii my kinesiology what my character is doing. I still have quite a bit of the game to play, and am looking forward to every minute of it. But overall it’s fun—I mean where else can I jump off a ledge while holding a chicken and glide with it?
So what have I done by getting into Zelda? I don’t know but it’s going to be fun!