My Experience with “The Legend of Zelda”
This past Monday, my girlfriend Caitlin and I attended a concert to experience The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. She is a huge fan of the video games, so I bought tickets as an early birthday gift for her.
The concert was amazing — the orchestra performed music from the video games while a screen displayed cut scenes and footage of game play from all The Legend of Zelda video games. There were countless fans decked out in costumes for the event, and I imagined this is what attending Comic-Con or E3 must be like.
I grew up playing video games, but I don’t play much anymore.
When I was about 3 or 4 years old, my grandfather bought me the gold cartridge version of Zelda II: The Adventure of Link for the original Nintendo Entertainment System. At that young age, I didn’t understand the concept of saving one’s progress in a video game, so every time I played my video games, I would always start from the very beginning until I either reached the “game over” screen or I grew tired of playing. So as expected, I never got close to beating the game.
Later when The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time was released for the Nintendo 64, I tried my hand at getting back into The Legend of Zelda video game series, but I grew frustrated when I could not figure out how to progress from a young Link (the main protagonist in the game) to the adult Link. Since I could roam pretty freely throughout the game, I kept returning to the Fishing Pond to fish, and left the game at that.
When subsequent titles were released, I felt so discouraged by my lack of progress with Ocarina of Time, that I didn’t even bother keeping up with the new video games in the series.
But after experiencing the concert this past week, the video game has again piqued my interest. The footage I saw on the screen really made the video games seem fun and adventurous. I especially liked the way the art in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker looked.
I don’t know if I’ll have time to pick up The Legend of Zelda, let alone video games again, but I would really love to see what all the fuss is about. My experience thus far with the video game series has been downright embarrassing to say the least.
Maybe I’ll look into buying a Wii U…