For those who know me, Video games are a passion of mine. I've loved them since the first time I made a tiny plumber cross the screen and crush some mushrooms. I have always seen them as a constantly evolving work of art. Video games are a media that surpasses movie and literature because you have direct impact on the story. You are not just there to follow with your minds camera, but to experience events in either first or third person, and have your inputs and actions drive or even engineer the story. One franchise that proves this concept is Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda, a franchise spanning 35 years, 14 consoles and 27 games, and has taken storytelling to new heights with a protagonist that never speaks.
Note: We will never speak of the CD-i Zelda games, so the protagonist is still silent.
The story itself is fairly simple in nature. A young hero, Link, is tasked with saving a kingdom from an unknown evil, typical referred to as Ganon, and is supported by a princess, Zelda, with her knowledge and wisdom. In the majority of the games there is also a reference to the mythical triforce: the light that grants the user a wish to shape the world however they see fit. The triforce is named after the three components: Power, Wisdom and Courage. In the game, the hero, Link, represents courage for his willingness to face evil and never turn down a challenge. Wisdom is represented by Princess Zelda, who the legend is about. Her ability to know what's best for the kingdom and seek out the hero are allow her to lead her kingdom through the coming ordeal. And lastly, Power is represented by Ganon, an even born of malice and anger that looks to consume, control or destroy the world, depending on who he possesses at the time to move his plans forward.
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