The Missing Link
When I originally launched ZeldaBlog back on the first of October in 2005, I had not been thinking that far into the future to realise that our half-birthdays (or half-anniversaries, I’m not sure which one websites celebrate) would always be on April Fool’s Day. It literally only came to mind toward the middle of March ‘06 when I began planning our first April Fool’s Day prank. However, of all the days to have for a half-whatever, I honestly think that I timed it such that it fell on the best possible day of the year to have it on.
Today… ZeldaBlog has turned 1½.
However, before we go into that… if you haven’t figured it out by now… APRIL FOOL’S! Darth Citrus and I were extensively pondering all the possible pranks that we could pull this year, and we couldn’t think of any real elaborate ones that didn’t require months of prep time, and so in a flash of inspiration, I came up with a much lower key one instead.
The brilliant (or annoying, your choice) part of it was that it was going to be very subtle, a major (but theoretically believable) lie embedded in the middle of an otherwise very serious article. For those of you wondering about the origin of this article, no, I didn’t create this solely for the purpose of pranking you; on the way to work about two weeks ago, I came up with this crazy idea for an interview with Shiggy and Eiji which would cover each Zelda game in the series, but one question about each only. It’d be the niftiest way to cover the series from start to finish and honour the 20 years of Zelda whilst looking at the future at the same time. It truly was a very serious article idea.
It wasn’t until several days after that when I came up with the idea for the AFD prank (the secret, nonexistent, alternate ending to Twilight Princess, which incidentally started out as being a marriage scene between Link and Zelda… but evolved from there), and a few hours later I decided to merge the two ideas, embedding the AFD prank within the one-sided interview article. I had created the proverbial Trojan horse, and I wanted to see—as an experiment—how well this AFD prank would fare.
The results? Well, we had many people fell for it. However, people also figured it out… and I’m actually not surprised by that. The secret to making a good AFD prank is to make something that is at the very limits of believability. People will jump at it at first, desperately thinking that it has to be true… but upon a closer look, they realise that it’s a complete fake. Honestly, if there was such an ending, GameFAQs would know, there’d be a video on YouTube, and other Zelda fansites would have certainly reported on it. But no, no such evidence exists anywhere on the Internet, and I certainly didn’t bolster my claim by linking to it. While some might consider me mean, heartless, even cruel(!) for this AFD joke, anyone who had done their homework should have recognised it for what it was. In a certain light, it really wasn’t about me fooling you… but you fooling yourselves…
At any rate, the April Fool’s question has been stricken through and replaced with the actual question I would ask about Twilight Princess. Be that as it may, the spoiler tag on the topic will remain. Even though the secret alternate ending is very much fake, it still hints at information presented in the real ending of the game. I could just remove the question completely, but I want to leave the April Fool’s question in the article for posterity’s sake. If you do want to read the proposed interview questions, however (they really are some serious, deep, good questions there), if you trust yourself to skip past the fake Twilight Princess question (which is the only text in the article in a different colour of text than the rest of the article), rest assured that there are no spoilers in the rest of the article for your eyes to accidentally feast upon. Or you can wait until you’ve beaten the game… or for when the Spoiler Rule expires on May 19. Your choice.
Anyway, outside of the whole April Fool’s thing, as I said earlier, today was officially our half-whatever, making us one and a half years old. (Huzzah!) I have absolutely enjoyed building this site, crafting articles for you a few times a week (most weeks), and talking about Zelda nearly 24/7. I never thought that this site would make it this far when I first created it, but overall it has become one of the most unique sites in the community, and one of my favourites. (Of course, I am biased.) Recently, Zelda Dungeon even rated this little corner of the community the ninth best Zelda website in the community, giving us an excellent write-up for the award. (Thanks, Mases!) More than anything, I’ve also enjoyed quite thoroughly getting the chance to affect so many ZeldaBlog readers in any given day. I think our site stats show that we get 500-600 visitors every day (with quite a few more today for our AFD extravaganza!), and I’m absolutely thrilled to know that this site—which started out as a community experiment, I’ll remind you—has accumulated such a strong readership.
So I propose a toast of some variety to the site, and I certainly hope that we’ll have another 18 months (and hopefully many more!). And beware of next year! There’ll most certainly be another prank 365 days from today, so make sure you’ve got your Master Sword ready. You never know what I’ll cook up next time. Mwahahaha!
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