This week, we’re heading to Hyrule to talk all about why The Legend of Zelda matters. For more than 30 years, The Legend of Zelda has over 30 different games, selling over 75 million copies, and has become a pop culture staple. You may not have played the game, but we can bet you know what the triforce symbol is, or you’ve used a meme like “It’s dangerous to go alone.” In this episode we break down how the iconic franchise stands the test of time with its multiple timelines, timeless mechanics, and a play-style that pushed players to together to learn more about the game itself.
Plus, we do it all with the help of Emory, you know, just a guy who helped write a book on Zelda. Specifically, Emory contributed a chapter in The Psychology of Zelda: Linking Our World to the Legend of Zelda Series, an edited volume that applies the latest psychological findings, plus insights from classic psychology theory, to Link, Zelda, Hyrule, and the players who choose to play the game. Emory’s chapter pecifically focuesed on the Five Stages of Grief in Majora’s Mask. Who better to talk about why The Legend of Zelda matters? If you’d like to grab a copy of the book, do it with our affiliate link!
If you’re unfamiliar with the franchise, don’t worry, we’ve for you covered as we give a detailed history of the games’ production and impact. But, here is the gist! The Legend of Zelda is an action-adventure video game franchise with RPG elements, created by Japanese game designers Shigeru Miyamoto and Takashi Tezuka. The series centers on Link, the player character and chief protagonist who doesn’t speak to allow for the player to link themselves to the character. Link is often given the task of rescuing Princess Zelda and the kingdom of Hyrule from Ganon, an evil warlord turned demon who is the principal antagonist of the series and the plots commonly involve the Triforce, a relic representing the virtues of Courage, Wisdom and Power that together are omnipotent.
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