As we mentioned earlier in the week, we’ll be rolling out a whole ton of new features over the next few weeks. The first of those new features is My Gaming Confession. It’s true that we here at the Chi-Scroller love us some video games, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have any skeletons in our gaming closets. This is our chance to air some of our not-so-proud gaming moments / habits.
There’s no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to come out with it. I’ve never finished a Legend of Zelda game. Ever. There is no ethical or moral reason for this; I’m not some mainstream game hater; I don’t hate action RPGs. I’ve just never finished a Zelda game.
The thing is, it’s not even that I don’t want to finish a Zelda game, it’s just that I never find myself playing them. Admittedly, I’m not a big Nintendo guy. I own a Wii and a 3DS, but my library on either system isn’t exactly large. In addition, my love for the Zelda franchise never really solidified. I am the perfect age to have been a huge fan boy of the original Legend of Zelda, but it just never caught with me. When I remember that original game, I just remember being frustrated by not knowing what to do or where to go.
As someone claiming to be a hardcore gamer, there are certain cultural touchstones that I feel I have to try and identify with. I can’t help but feel dirty for not having ever played a Legend of Zelda game to completion. I’m sure there are some out there who will be forgiving of me, those of you who might have some public disdain for the franchise. There are others who would vilify me for being a “fake” and avoiding one of the greatest and most storied franchises in gaming history. Regardless of where the majority falls though, it’s my own guilt that drives me to confess my gaming sin.
Where I go from here is something I haven’t decided yet. Part of me feels that I should play every single Legend of Zelda game in chronological order. I also wonder if I’d be better off just choosing the most well-known Zelda games and starting there (I’m thinking, The Legend of Zelda, Ocarina of Time, and A Link to the Past). Either way, it seems clear that I have to do something; I have to find some way to atone for missing out on such a key part of gaming history.
I wish I could say that this was my only gaming confession, and that my conscience is now clear. Unfortunately that’s not the case. I’m going to be strong though, and share my faults with the world in hopes that maybe, just maybe, someday I can become the gamer I was meant to be.