How has Zelda shaped you as a gamer? The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past was released 20 years ago today, and I've got to say that that game really did shape me as a gamer. I don't remember getting that game, but I do remember watching my dad and my brother play it together when we got to visit my dad.
It was amazing and everyone was really happy and we solved the puzzles together, it was great! Then, a while later, on Christmas like in the N64 kid meme, we got The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
It was, hands down, one of the best presents I've ever been given in my life (I'm 24). Every single time my brother and I went to visit my dad we'd play OoT, and we'd always, always, find something new to do.
This was way back in the days of GameFAQs, when kids would print out literally 300+ pages of guides in order to play the game, rather than just going out and buying the real guides. I remember printing out soooo many guides from GameFAQs back then, ha!
Anyways, I remember finding the Kokiri Sword for the first time, and I remember how stupid that Mido kid looked, and how scary the Deku tree is the first time you see it. Think about it, that is a HUGE TREE! TALKING TO YOU! Telling you things, that you have to believe because why not? But honestly, it's a tree! Creepy.
And there are so many other memories after that, but the two I remember the most are being able to do the Gerudo horse-riding archery minigame better than my dad and brother, and the part where you make the frogs sing near the entrance to Zora's Domain.
After I finished The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, I realized that there were probably other games out there that I could play and be really great at, and learn their stories and their characters and come to love them as much as I loved Link and Zelda and Nabooru and even Navi by the end of it all.
So I began playing so many other games, I can't even begin to list them all but, trust me, it was a lot. And I loved all of them and it all began because of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.
If The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time has shaped you as a gamer as much as it's shaped me, go vote for it in Video Game Deathmatch: Greatest Story Ever Told Edition! There's only one day left for you to vote for it and all the other great match-ups, so hurry on over!