Being that October is the month that nebulously encompasses the vague anniversary of the American launch date for the NES, I’ve decided that every day this month will include an NES-themed post. This is not to say that other content won’t be showing up, but you can rest assured that there will be something NES-related to read every single day this month. Unless I miss an update or something. I am but a mere human.
Today’s update features Master Osterritter’s thesis on the glories of The Legend of Zelda, a game which, I have been told, is really rad. I don’t know about that, but it is incredibly engrossing, to the point that it caused me to suffer a terrible lack of social grace on at least one occasion. I had a friend over to hang out the same day that a different friend lent me his copy of Zelda and kind of… ended up ignoring the guest in favor of the game. He ultimately hung out with my brother all night, and they had a grand ol’ time, so all was well. But I do feel kind of embarrassed about that. On the other hand, I managed to clear the first four dungeons in that night, so at least I had something to show for my shameful rudeness.
For some reason, I still remember with startling clarity the act of beating the game a couple of weeks later. I was struggling my way through Death Mountain and had been making no progress for a few hours when my parents decided it was time to go mow the lawn, right now, no arguments. I grumbled as I pushed the mower for an hour in the brutal heat of a Texas summer afternoon, but, in a flash of either insight or heat stroke, suddenly visualized the solution to my problem as I reached the end of my ordeal. The instant I was finished with the yard, I was back on the NES, and within half an hour had struck the final, fatal blow against PRINCE DARKNESS ‘GANNON.’ And that is the amazing true story of how I finished Zelda while being incredibly filthy and stinky.
Three days later I completed the Second Quest. I’m not sure I knew the word “masochism” at that age, but I certainly understood the concept.