Legacy of Kain (PlayStation)

Today we have a guest writer, James Archer (@LeonBelmontX). James is a self-confessed video game addict who is constantly fighting a never-ending backlog. His favourite series include The Legend of Zelda, Kingdom Hearts, Yakuza, Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid and Legacy of Kain. He also writes a blog about his experiences as a gamer who suffers with anxiety.

I can’t even say what intrigued me about Blood Omen on the PS1 when I first picked it off a shelf in a rental shop when I was just starting secondary school. It’s cover art was never anything special in my eyes, and I didn’t know anyone else who had played it. Still, Kain would argue that this was fate, the start of a series of events that lead to my writing this very article.

The game left a lasting impression upon me. Compared to most games I had played at that point, the game was dark, broody and atmospheric. A 2D top-down game – in many ways reminiscent of the classic Legend of Zelda titles – Blood Omen was set in the gloomy world of Nosgoth; a grim, medieval world devoid of any sort of joy or happiness. Townspeople lived in fear of the creatures that stalked the world, cities were ravaged by the plague, and a depressed king let the world slip into ruin at the loss of his only daughter. The game’s protagonist, a nobleman named Kain, was inexplicably murdered whilst travelling and then offered a chance at revenge by a Necromancer named Mortanius. Reborn a vampire, Kain set off on a warpath to enact revenge on those that had organised his assassination.

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Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)

In celebration of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release we’ll be sharing a few Zelda stories over the next two weeks from ourselves here at AWttP and guest contributors. Today’s story comes from a friend of ours here at AWttP – Ian (a quite different Ian from last week!), as he shares with us how Majora’s Mask left him enthralled and bewildered as his birthday wish left his fate uncertain…

Ian likes to look at games in a more academic, sometimes abstract way.  He graduated with his Masters in Art History in 2013 where he specialized in the study of interactive arts and digital media: ultimately video game studies.  He always has an eye for how games as an experience affect the player as that is a very important part of the whole gaming experience for him.  He also has a very endearing and personal relationship with the Legend of Zelda series: his favorite gaming series of all time.  You may as well call him a Deku nut 😉

The year was 2000.

I was a pre-teen about to experience my 13th birthday that November.

I just started my 7th grade year in Middle School in the Fall of 2000.

I was a gamer and had been all my life, but at this point I was just strictly a Nintendo fanboy as much as I ever could be. I had a Nintendo Power subscription, I had a Nintendo 64, a Gameboy Color, and I would sit at the lunch table with my gamer friends during school hours. While eating we’d either pass around the recent issue of Nintendo Power to read or we would discuss the video games we were currently playing. Most of us were playing the same video game so it was always fun to look forward to that time during the day to talk about them.

In this group of friends I had one particular best friend and his name was Ken. We shared the same passion for The Legend of Zelda series and we were both foaming at the mouth on any info that was released about the upcoming sequel to Ocarina of Time which was called The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask – a direct sequel to the 1998 masterpiece.

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Ocarina of Time (Nintendo 64)

In celebration of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release we’ll be sharing a few Zelda stories over the next two weeks from ourselves here at AWttP and guest contributors. Today’s story comes from a friend of ours here at AWttP – Brett S, as he shares with us how even in the darkest times games can give you the strength you need to get through.

Remember that time that Zelda: Ocarina of Time saved your life? I do. About 17 years ago I thought I had everything figured out. I had a girlfriend, casually attended college, was in an amazing indie rock band, and had a killer job working at the best thrift store in the world with a bunch of my friends. It was my birthday, and I had just saved enough money to buy a Nintendo 64 and Zelda.

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Majora’s Mask (Nintendo 64)

In celebration of Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild’s release we’ll be sharing a few Zelda stories over the next two weeks from ourselves here at AWttP and guest contributors. Today’s story comes from a friend of ours here at AWttP – Ian Menard (@IanMenard), as he shares with us why Majora’s Mask felt so special to him when he discovered it all those years ago.

A bit about Ian? He’s a graduate student from Texas, where he studies pop culture. He once misspelled “weather” during a spelling bee, and it haunts him to this day.

When I was four years old, my family moved from a small town in Texas to Dubai. Or rather, when I was four years old, my mother, my two year-old brother and I moved to Dubai, where my dad had moved ahead of us. Faced with the prospect of taking two young children on two separate plane rides (roughly 16 total in-flight hours, plus layovers), and hoping to do so as peacefully as possible, my mother (understandably) turned to technology – specifically, to the original GameBoy. Over the course of my childhood, my family made innumerable international flights, and that GameBoy (or one of its successors) remained in my carry-on, as did a few different entries in the Legend of Zelda franchise.

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