Before I decided to embark into the wide world of general gaming sites, I was a small-time contributor to various online communities dedicated to The Legend of Zelda. This probably doesn’t surprise you if you’ve been following this site in the last several months – I write about the series a lot. It’s nothing against other games, really. Zelda is just the franchise that I know the most about.
In my time as a big Zelda geek, I’ve met some really interesting, insightful, and talented people, and among them is Dathen Boccabella, who wrote up a really excellent Zelda-inspired piece called “Destined to Fade.” It tackles the inevitability of the passage of time and the need to embrace life in the here and now rather than carrying the burden of regrets for a past long gone or fear of an uncertain future.
Read on for a brief excerpt, and if you’re interested, check out the full article over at Zelda Dungeon.
The Legend of Zelda is often said to be much more than a mere collection of games, but the phrase has become so overused that its true significance is seldom appreciated. Behind this cliché lies an accurate encapsulation of what the essence of the Zelda series truly is. Behind the graphics, the gameplay, and the plot lies the heart of the Zelda franchise: inspiration and hope.
What many fail to realize when they refer to Nintendo’s action-adventure series as more than mere games is just how truly important the Zelda series can become to an individual. How it can become an integral part of our personal perspectives on life and even beyond.
This article will explore themes primarily from Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask, The Wind Waker and Twilight Princess in the context of our wider culture. References will be made to films such as The Matrix Trilogy; books such as the works of J.R.R. Tolkien; television series such as Bones; and music such as that of Bon Jovi.
On a surface level the title “Destined to Fade” will not come across as very inspiring. Indeed, at first glance it is not very optimistic to think of our lives as fleeting, finite and destined for death. However, accepting that nothing lasts forever and coming to terms with our own inevitable death is a significant milestone in life.
It is important that we take life as it is now, with the ups and downs, over illusions of eternity. Accepting that everything is destined to fade has profoundly significant and optimistic implications for how you live your life today.
About the Author
Dathen Boccabella is an analyst at the major sports-news website the Bleacher Report while also studying a double degree in Media & Communications and History.
You can follow Dathen on Twitter @dathboc for your chance to win a Wii or Wii U game and tune into his inspirational Legend of Zelda column every Friday night at Zelda Informer, where this article was originally published.