My Introduction to Lore: The Legend of Zelda.

Recently I read this article by Phil Owen on io9 titled I Care About Star Wars Because It Introduced Me To ‘Lore.’  In it he says:

“For me and many other fans, Star Wars is not a series of movies but a setting, a place. And Star Wars was the first property I enjoyed growing up where should I want more stories in its settings I could always have them. And it wasn’t a case of, as it is in many game franchises praised for having lots of lore, characters in a book telling us about past events or info in a codex — nearly all the lore was in books or comics somewhere.”

And I thought, “yeah, Star Wars was definitely the first time I cared about the world of a property beyond its main storyline. That was until I received this in the mail:

Master Sword, yo.

The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Graphic Novel by Shotaro Ishinomori.

This is a graphic novel, a reprint of a comic that was both printed in Nintendo Power then collected into a paperback in the 90’s. I found the paperback version shortly before The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time came out.

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I Wish I had Chrono Trigger as a kid.

Chrono Trigger is one of my favorite SNES games, but also one I never actually played on Super Nintendo. To my great shame I didn’t discover it until they remade it for the Nintendo DS.

When I did finally play all I kept thinking was I wish I had this game as a kid. It would of been up there with Super Mario World, Kirby Superstar, Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past and Donkey Kong Country as one of those games I would replay again and again. Now as an adult I don’t have the same kind of free time as I did as a child.

So many elements of this game would of hit my sweet spots when O was young. Great music (which I now realize Super Mario RPG borrowed heavily from), an epic story, time travel, science fiction, robots, talking animals, legendary swords, multiple endings, silly humor, and a straight forward turn based RPG system.

Ob well, I’ll just have to find the time.

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Memories of the Simpsons.

Currently on FXX they’re showing every Simpsons episode ever, as the tagline suggests. I sit down in the living room, turn on the television and get flooded with nostalgia.

It reminds of a time when new episodes were on Thursday and I had to choose between that and the show Dinosaurs to watch. I remember my mom complaining about Married with Children, how the main character was a pig and no one was allowed to watch it.

Then they moved it to Sunday night and I sort of lost track of it. That was until 5th grade when I met who would be one of my best friends all throughout school, Jeff. When he wasn’t coming over and kicking my ass in Super Mario Kart, playing with Z-Bots or showing me how to beat the Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past we were stopping everything we were doing to watch reruns of the Simpsons at 7 p.m, then at 7:30 p.m., then at both 7 and 7:30.

When the Nintendo 64 came out, the entire class was enamored with who shot Mr. Burns. Only one kid guessed it right and no one believed him and when we did find out it was to be honest a bitter disappointment. We didn’t care though because the show went on being hilarious and we went on playing video games.

Even in 1998 when The Legend of Zelda; Ocarina of Time finally came out after two years of constant delays Jeff and I would be on the phone saying what part of the game we were up to, where we had found certain secrets and heart pieces but oh wait, it’s 7:00 time to watch two back to back episodes of the Simpson. Unless it was Sunday in which we stopped to watch new episodes.

Watching this marathon reminded me how much I watched the Simpsons as a kid. There are w hole episodes that I can anticipate the next line or the next joke.

This isn’t a post to bash about the quality of the Simpsons now because I simply stopped watching it so whom am to judge it?

What I will say is that the older episodes managed to both pull at the heart strings and still be funny. I’d go into details but I’m missing the next episode.