My Legend of Zelda Master Quest, Part 2

In Part 1, I described the motivations behind what would become a goal of completing every console-based title[1] in the The Legend of Zelda series before the release of Skyward Sword the weekend before Thanksgiving. In this entry, I give a brief review of my experience playing each of these games.

The Legend of Zelda

Sitting down and playing the Legend of Zelda for the first time in 20 years was pure, concentrated joy. I was amazed at both how much I remembered and how little I remembered. I still remembered the location of every heart container, and the locations of all the hidden rupees. I had no trouble navigating inside the dungeons–the secret passageways and bomb-doors were all easily found without effort. However…what blew me away was how TERRIBLE I was at the game.

I got killed. Over and over and over. Continue reading

My Legend of Zelda Master Quest, Part 1

When I was a kid, like many others, I fell in love with the first Nintendo Entertainment System (NES). There were a number of titles that I played for hours and hours–Metroid, various Mario Bros games, Mike Tyson’s Punchout, Tecmo Bowl, to name a few. One game, though, has always held a special place in my heart that no other title has ever approached: The Legend of Zelda. I can’t honestly recall the first time I played Zelda, but I will never forget the seemingly endless fun I had exploring every aspect of a game which didn’t constrain me to time limits, forced side-scrolling, or plot/strategy linearity. Fearless, clever, able to carry an awesome array of weapons, tools, and gadgets, and decked out in all green, Link was always my favorite video game character. Continue reading

Stuck On a Deserted Island: Female Actor Edition

Round 3:  Same deal as before, but for female actors.

You’ve been banished to a desert island, never to return.  In addition to food and water to survive indefinitely, you’re allowed to take a device to watch TV/film with and the collected works of any single female actor, but no other media.

What film/TV library do you select?

Additional Rules:

  1. You can choose an actor who has been in movies, television shows, or both.
  2. Cameos in television count, but you only get the episodes including such cameos, not the entire series.
  3. Voice-over for animation roles count (Choose Joan Cusack, and you get to take Toy Story with you).
  4. Other non-acting roles do not count. For example, the fact that Oprah Winfrey has acted in some movies does not allow you take The Oprah Winfrey Show.

For me, this is a really difficult category, because my preferences in TV & movies are heavily oriented toward SciFi, where I’ve struggled to think of many women who have consistently been featured.  If I stick to that genre for my cues, it basically comes down to a choice between Sigourney Weaver and Milla Jovovich.  Although Weaver is great as Ripley, it’s just not enough in the end.

Expanding my preferences to SciFi’s sister genre of fantasy allows me to consider Cate Blanchett, given her turns in Lord of the Rings, as well as the upcoming Hobbit films which hopefully won’t suck. I also really like some of her other films, including Bandits for the needed comedy.  Still, a vast majority of Blanchett’s films are serious dramas, and I just don’t think I could maintain interest for the long haul.

After considering many others–Judi Dench, Julia Roberts, Katherine Hepburn–I finally found the winner: Continue reading

Stuck On a Deserted Island: Male Actor Edition

Round 2:  Same deal as before, but for male actors.

You’ve been banished to a desert island, never to return.  In addition to food and water to survive indefinitely, you’re allowed to take a device to watch TV/film with and the collected works of any single male actor, but no other media.

What film/TV library do you select?

Additional Rules:

  1. You can choose an actor who has been in movies, television shows, or both.
  2. Cameos count, but only for episodes, not series.  For example, if you choose Tom Selleck, then you get all of his films, Magnum P.I. (entire series), and the handful of episodes from Friends he was in, but not the entire Friends series.
  3. Voice-over for animation roles count (Choose Tom Hanks, and you would get to take Toy Story with you).
  4. Other non-acting roles do not count. For example, the fact that Tom Hanks is an actor does not allow you take Big Love.

My choice: Harrison Ford, in a walk.  The Star Wars Trilogy, Blade Runner, Indiana Jones, and that excellent turn he had in that one movie where he’s a washed up cop in Hollywood with an earring.  Er…hrm.  The only shortcoming is a sports-related film–I wish he had something akin to Field of Dreams to take with me to the island, but I’ll survive with Han Solo just fine.

Others I would consider if I couldn’t take Ford:

  • Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense, Die Hard, Moonlighting, Unbreakable, Die Hard…and the episodes from Friends he was in.)
  • John Ratzenberger (The Empire Strikes Back, every Pixar offering, Cheers…)

Next time: Stuck On a Deserted Island: Female Actor Edition