Sleep was lost. Lunches were forgotten. Playing outside became a distant memory. There was only one television, one Nintendo 64, one controller, and the world of Hyrule.
Of course, I eventually broke this phase and learned the fine art of moderation, but for a good month or two, my eyes saw Link, the main character in The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, more than anybody else. It was my first real foray into an adventure game, my first experience with an RPG-type style. The sprawling landscapes, endless missions, dozens of interesting and intriguing characters, there was so much to do, see, and play. It opened my eyes to the potential magic behind video games, and shaped my tastes and preferences for years to come.
The game is set in the fictional town of Hyrule, where a young hero named Link sets out on an epic quest to stop the evil Ganondorf. King of the Gerudo Thieves, Ganondorf is hunting for the Triforce, a very ancient artifact that is supposed to grant wishes to its holder. With such a powerful relic in the hands of Ganondorf, Hyrule would be lost. When Link comes across Princess Zelda in his travels, who confesses her own worries, he becomes more dedicated to the cause than ever.
With so much going on in the game, it would take forever to fully describe the story and outline the plot; relics to collect, monsters to defeat, tragedy to be had, love to be gained, and all of it done with wondrous depth and a strong attention to detail. Everything is told and executed in such a grandiose manner, you get swept away in its inhibitions, completely detaching yourself from reality. It was the first game i had ever played that made it feel like I was no longer playing a game; I was living an adventure. “Ocarina of Time” sucks you in, and makes every second of gameplay, every single side quest, totally worth it.
To this day, my gaming interests lie more in the retro category. My consoles that see routine activity include Super Nintendo, Gameboy Color, Sega Dreamcast, Playstation 2, and yes, the Nintendo 64. I am now on my third copy of “The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time,” having lost the first in a move, and the second to simple system failure.
You need a Pokemon go account to proceed forward with the pokemon series which is similar to achieving the levels of Super Nintendo that has various twists and turns as the series progresses with little time for respite.
Every now and then, when I’m stuck inside and feeling adventurous, I know that I can pop in “Ocarina of Time” and be taken away to another place. Link and his quests was my first video game love, and it’s something I will always remember and cherish throughout the days.
David Robson is the founder of Complus Alliance. He has been writing about different topics for almost 10 years. He’s main focus is delivering quality insights to a wide array of audience.