Category: Editorials

The following article is one I wrote for a series of weekly editorials that appear on my blog called Epic Disasters in Video Game History. As the title suggests, the articles examine some particularly… dubious situations in the history of the video game medium to determine exactly what went wrong and the long term ramifications of these blunders. While most of them don’t deal with The Legend of Zelda in particular, this one did, and I thought that some of…

In addition to appearing on the Zelda Informer podcast every week, I try to take in a lot of other gaming podcasts. Video games are my curiosity and my passion, so the more I can listen to smart people talk about them, the better. Lately I’ve been falling behind on my listening, so I decided to start listening to a podcast every day on the drive to work. One episode that caught my attention was an episode of IGN’s Game…

Ah yes, side quests. Don’t let the title of this piece fool you; this won’t be just a simple love letter to my favorite side quest. This will also be a scathing note written by a jilted lover who’s been burned and worn out by side quests in the recent years, and is ready just to give up on them completely. But first, some context. A few months ago, I was sitting in my living room at night after everyone…

I’ve been reading Console Wars lately, a great book about the rivalry between Nintendo and Sega in the early 90’s, and just gotten around to a particularly interesting chapter: The chapter about the Super Mario Bros. Movie. If you’ve ever seen the movie, then you know that it’s not very good. In fact, it stinks. Personally, I think that it’s one of those so-bad-its-good kinda movies, but if you’d never played a Mario game prior to seeing it in 1993,…

Feature image by ever-so-excited As I’m sure many of you guys did, I sat down and saw Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last weekend. While maybe not as good as the original in this writers eyes, I still enjoyed myself immensely and was cracking up for a good chunk of the movie. As I tend to do after the movie was over, I took a second to ponder where I’d rank Guardians Vol. 2 among the rest of…

If you live in Canada like I do, chances are you probably watch a lot of hockey. The other day, while I was sitting down on my couch getting ready to watch the Flames play, TSN ran a pre-show segment with some of their analysts building the ‘perfect hockey player’. By this, they meant that they were gonna take the best aspects of certain players and put them together to form a ‘super player’. The hands of Sidney Crosby. The…

Sephiroth. Liquid Snake. Kuja. The Illusive Man. Albedo. What do all of these guys have in common? Easy. They’re all amazing villains. Creating a villain can be somewhat of a tricky art. On one hand, you want a compelling character that can drive both the protagonists in-game forward to the end of the story, and the player to finish the game and give the villain his comeuppance. On the other hand though, you don’t want a villain to be so…

Buckle in, everyone, cause this is gonna be a long one. This post is gonna be part analysis, part fan-fiction, all spoilers, and all awesome, so without any further ado, let’s get right into it. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing game with a peerless open world and an unrivaled sense of exploration. Never the less, the plot of Breath of the Wild has left some of the hardcore Zelda fans a little… wanting. I…

Once you’ve gone down the rabbit hole… can you ever go back? No one would deny that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a smashing success. It’s one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time. It’s Nintendo’s fastest selling stand alone launch title ever. And it completely flipped the switch on the series in a way not seen since Ocarina of Time almost twenty years earlier. Breath of the Wild is certainly a landmark achievement…

From the first moments that I started playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I could tell I was in for an amazingly rewarding experience. The world around me was captivating, breathtaking, and full of wonder at seemingly every turn. What the game lacks in plot, it more than makes up for in its ability to immerse you into this fantastical world, one where every blade of grass and every drop of snow feels like it tells a…