A Real Zelda Challenge?

February 28th, 2007 at 4:46 pm by The Missing Link

Some of you might remember a rather recent article of mine that focused on the lack of challenge in modern Zelda titles. This got me to thinking a little bit… and I had an idea that I wanted to put to a vote. (Isn’t it just soooo convenient that I found polling software for this little ol’ blog?) So here’s the idea:

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Whose Blog?: Dark Side of the Link

February 27th, 2007 at 1:08 am by The Missing Link

It’s time for Whose Blog Is It Anyway?! The show where everything’s made up, and the points don’t matter! That’s right, the points are about as useful as the Goron Knife! Hi, I’m your host, Drew Linky. C’mon let’s have some fun!

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was to see most of you hone in on the topic of Dark Link so quickly. You see, over on the MUCK that I help run, I recently acquired the character of Ganondorf (mwahaha!), and as a kicker, Dark Link comes part and parcel with the big G-man. And in the first few days of roleplaying the pair, I was forced into a situation where I really got to explore Dark Link’s character and really feel him out. (And before anyone asks, no, I do not play him as emo Link. Honestly, there’s tons more potential than that!) But seriously, the universe of Hyrule is really so open and free to interpretation that a good story can be wrapped around virtually any character in there… regardless of how much screen time he or she gets. Needless to say, I think that Dark Link is no exception to this story. (I might add that I have significantly been inspired by the characterisations of Dark Link in both Eloze and Only Half, two stories that easily put my storytelling ability to shame!)

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The Middle Extreme

February 25th, 2007 at 11:03 am by JC

When one thing is too bothersome, what do you do? What do you do? You do something to either nullify the situation or ignore it. Or maybe you do something to intensify it. Did you ever think about doing the opposite thing, though? I mean, don’t you want to be as comfortable as possible all the time? While you can be comfortable physically, you can also be comfortable mentally.

I’m sure every one of you who reads this has been in an uncomfortable state of mind before (I presume you’re all human). Maybe it was with another person, maybe it was during a test. Maybe it was while playing a game. A game that’s part of a series you’re oh-so-very-comfortable with.

I think you know where this is going.

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Here Comes a Poll’s Voice! (I Hope…)

February 20th, 2007 at 11:01 pm by The Missing Link

So I found this neat plugin for WordPress that does polling. So I’m making a test post to see how this works. Notice that Masamune inspired this particular one… but if people like it, I’ll be using it in the future for random feedback or polling. Or stuff. But for now, this is just a test… and so without further adieu…

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Whose Blog Is It Anyway? #7

February 19th, 2007 at 12:49 am by The Missing Link

It’s that time again! Last I reckoned, I had completely satiated the mob’s requests by doing the story of the Ikana as well as Vaati in Whose Blog? #5½ before that. So I think I’ve got a clean slate, at least for now. But now it’s your turn! There’ll be no restrictions this time, so lay your worst on me. What do you want to see?

Difficulty (or Lack Thereof?) in Zelda

February 14th, 2007 at 11:57 pm by The Missing Link

First off, I want to briefly apologise for the recent shortage of articles on my part. I needed a small break from blogging, and thankfully many of the other bloggers were able to cover my lack of writing. A big thank you to all of my compatriots for covering for me! Also, you might notice that the Spoiler Rule topic was unstickied. Don’t be fooled; it still is in effect until May 19. That said, onto the article…


I want to share with you a very small personal story that is mildly related to the theme of this article. I was invited this past weekend—by way of a good friend of mine—to participate in a competition held at Microsoft HQ called Puzzle Hunt. The name of the event is fairly self-explanatory, but just so you get an idea of the magnitude and difficulty of the competition, let me put it in terms of this. Each of the 75 teams were presented with approximately 50 puzzles to be completed within a 33-hour period. (Yes, that is consecutive; I literally slept under a conference table there.) Our team of 12 managed to solve roughly 20 of the lot, and we were about in the middle of the pack! These puzzles came with either vague or no instructions whatsoever, and every one required multiple steps in order to crack open the code word and get credit for it. While extremely fun, I was most certainly humbled this past weekend (some people who speak the filthy language of the Internets might call me “pwned”)… but I’d easily do it again. I relished the challenge.

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The Balance of the (Tri)Force

February 10th, 2007 at 12:39 am by The Missing Link

Four consoles and seven Sages ago, the Legend of Zelda series was simply what it’s title declared it to be, a legend about Zelda. It was about a very simple story about three magical triangles, a woman who was trying to defend them, a man who wanted to take them, and a hero who fought to get them back. My, how things have changed since then! The way it looks these days, Zelda ain’t Zelda without story. It’s a virtual requirement these days, it seems. You have to have a real world; you have to have side characters; you have to have plot; you have to have backstory. And by Din, you’ve got to mention goddesses… and thus the Hyrulian religion.

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Tingle RPG Headed to the States?

February 6th, 2007 at 11:52 pm by The Missing Link

So sayeth the magazine EGM. GoNintendo is reporting that EGM is listing Tingle’s whatever in the world you want to call it game will be coming State-side sometime during 2007. (I beat you to the punch again, Masamune; you should be ashamed.)

Also while I was surfing, I also found a different article at the same website talking about the nominees list for the Game Developers Choice Awards… which you might consider to be like the Academy Awards only with video games and without scantily clad celebrities. Our good friend Twilight Princess has been nominated for two categories: Best Writing (along with Bully, Dreamfall, Sam & Max, and Oblivion) and Best Game (along with Gears of War, Ōkami, Oblivion, and Wii Sports). Some steep competition, so we’ll have to see what happens!

The Characters of Twilight Princess (Part 1)

February 4th, 2007 at 5:58 pm by lord-of-shadow

This post contains spoilers! Read only if you want to be spoiled!

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It’s That Time Again!

January 31st, 2007 at 9:20 pm by Darth Citrus

The nominations have started for EDN’s Third Annual Golden Item Awards! The Golden Item Awards are given each year to honor exceptional sites in the Zelda Community.

As with the previous Golden Item Awards, nominations will run from February 1st to the 28th. The presentation date is set for March 3rd, 2007.

In addition, I have made some changes to the awards, including the addition of two new award categories. For changes, nomination info, award descriptions please continue reading the post.

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