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Saving Zelda
Tevis Thompson writes about Nintendo's video game series The Legend of Zelda. Specifically about how it's gone downhill since Ocarina of Time. (via Kotaku) Thompson's premise is that the games have largely discarded the most important aspects of the original: the awesome sense of discovery, the challenging play, the non-linear structure, and the sense of having to make your own way through a large world. He rails against the artificial world construction of later games, in which items are mostly keys for obvious locks. He writes:
Modern Zeldas do not offer worlds. They offer elaborate contraptions reskinned with a nature theme, a giant nest of interconnected locks. A lock is not only something opened with a silver key. A grapple point is a lock; a hookshot is the key. A cracked rock wall is a lock; a bomb is the key. That wondrous array of items you collect is little more than a building manager's jangly keyring.
Almost everything in Zelda has a discrete purpose, a tedious teleology. When it all snaps into place, some call this good design. I call it brittle, overdetermined, pale. It's the work of a singleminded god, a world bled of wonder.
Players are constantly reminded that they're shackled to a mechanistic land. There is no illusion of freedom because the gears that keep the player and Hyrule in lockstep are eminently legible. You read the landscape all too easily; you know what it's asking of you. One of the greatest offenders occurred early on with A Link to the Past: most bomb-able walls became visible. What had been a potential site of mystery in the original Legend of Zelda (every rockface) became just another job for your trusty keyring. Insert here. Go on about your business.
game  games  kotaku  nes  nintendo  tevisthompson  thelegendofzelda  videogames  zelda  from google
february 2012 by nluken
Gaming in 2011: a two-minute video roundup
Who has time for words anymore? You're too busy for those, so why not relive 2011's biggest games in the time it takes you to drink a cup of coffee?Gaming in 2011: a two-minute video roundup originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 29 Dec 2011 07:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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2011  3ds  ds  goty-2011  microsoft  nintendo  pc  playstation  ps3  psp  sony  uncharted-3  uncharted-3-drakes-deception  wii  xbox  from google
december 2011 by nluken
Review: Mario Vs. Donkey Kong: Mini-Land Mayhem Is More Donkey Kong Than 2010's Other Big Donkey Kong Game [Video]
Some other Donkey Kong game came out from Nintendo in November 2010. Donkey Kong Country Returns, they call it. Yeah, sure. Like the essence of Donkey Kong is running to the right. The ape must stand defiant. Mario must run. More »
Review  Ds  Mario_vs._donkey_kong_miniland_mayhem  Nintendo  Top  from google
november 2010 by nluken
Pre-order Etrian Odyssey 3, get Etrian art to see
You won't have to search the ocean or a subterranean dungeon for this treasure -- Atlus announced that copies of Etrian Odyssey 3: The Drowned City pre-ordered from certain retailers will include "Forests of Eternity," a 60-page artbook. The full-color book includes character and background artwork not only from The Drowned City, but from the previous Etrian Odysseys as well.

But why tell you about it when we can show you? Atlus posted an excerpt of the book for you to page through. "Beware!" it notes. "The artwork and designs contained in this book may reveal more than you wish to know of Etrian Odyssey III!" You'd be better off avoiding the preview, then, if you've got a spoiler allergy.Pre-order Etrian Odyssey 3, get Etrian art to see originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 09 Jul 2010 06:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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artbook  Atlus  ds  Etrian-Odyssey  etrian-odyssey-3-the-drowned-city  nintendo  pre-order  RPG  from google
july 2010 by nluken
Advance Wars: The Board Game! [Famicom Wars]
Nintendo's turn-based wargame Advance Wars works well as a video game. But as a board game? Yeah, looks like it works pretty well as a board game, too. More »
Famicom_Wars  Advance_Wars  Board_Games  Culture  Ds  Game_Boy_Advance  Nintendo  from google
march 2010 by nluken

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