Tag Archives: Link

Console Seller, Indeed: Zelda, Breath of the Wild

No, we haven’t bought a Nintendo Switch yet. Though we have discussed doing so. Perhaps in the hope of not making ourselves too excited for a game we otherwise would not be able to play, we haven’t looked up gameplay videos, or even trailers – though we’ve seen things indirectly, through looking up the Nintendo Switch itself. Having the new Zelda title as a release game seems like a good plan, and having it be a really really good Zelda game would of course help. Which seems to be what’s happened…

I mean, we watch most of the React Channel videos, so when we saw it was Zelda: Breath of the Wild, I pushed for us to watch it. Dang it! That game looks absolutely great! The idea that this is a console-selling game looks to be completely valid, especially when you add in the potential for other interesting and good games down the line.

Something we had not at all realized until watching this video: this game is far more of an RPG, or JRPG, than previous Zelda titles have been. Watching Link collect clothing items, weapons off of defeated enemies, things like that – they’re all strong elements of the RPG video game, but not necessarily of past Zelda games. This both fascinated us and made us want the game a bit more, I think.

Do you have Breath of the Wild yet? Is this game making you strongly consider a Nintendo Switch? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Damsels in Distress

So, recently I watched the first of a series of videos from Anita Sarkeesian talking about tropes in video games. The first one is actually part 1 of a two-part series discussing the trope of the “Damsel in Distress”. Part 1 is simply looking at early games, and part 2 will look at some more recent examples. As Anita has become a divisive and controversial figure, many response videos have come out as a reply to her video. Some of them I think miss the point, but others I think make legitimate claims against how she is presenting the information.

For one, by not allowing rating or commenting she is closing down the ability for people to discuss the issue. Which does turn in to her kind of preaching at people instead of having an open and honest discussion with other people that might make them think about their view of the world. Yes, trolls gonna troll, but you do not have to engage with them. In some ways by not allowing commenting you are feeding into their opinions of you.

Second, I do agree that I think she does not delve quite deeply enough into the issue. She points out examples and explains in fairly simple terms why it is problematic, but media criticism is not and should not be simple. There are many contributing factors to look at which each individual story to talk about why it is problematic. You also need to understand the whole story that is being told to talk about each iteration.

There are other things, but those are the big two in my opinion and David and I have been discussing them at length lately. So we decided it was time to do our own post or posts more specifically. We each brought a different perspective to the table about the problems with the damsel in distress. The way I have chosen to deal with it is bringing up some of the questions that came to mind after watching Anita’s original video as well as watching some subsequent follow up videos arguing against her premise. David will get his post up tomorrow. So follow me as we journey down the rabbit hole. Continue reading