Sunday, December 23, 2012

Majora's Mask: A Deeper Look (Intro)

Many of us have played Majora's Mask, but how many of us have actually played Majora's Mask?  Doesn't make much sense does it?  Let me explain.

Majora's Mask is a game that I have always had high regard for, one that has always been in my top games of all time.

It's predecessor Ocarina of Time has, ever since I was a child, stood in my top 5 games of all time.  And as of the recent 3DS re-release of OoT, I decided to go back and play Majora's Mask again.  And do it the right way.  I blew my dust off my old Nintendo 64 and got to work.

Now, as a kid playing Majora's Mask I found it very confusing.  I still enjoyed the game, but at that time there were a lot of things my mind couldn't handle, and I found myself basically reading the official strategy guide word for word in order to get to the end of the game.

As an adult playing Majora's Mask, I found that the confusion had (mostly) faded away and, remembering just how much I used the strategy guide as a kid, I vowed that I would beat the entire game using only my own wits to help me along the way.  Not only that, I vowed I would find every single mask without cheating as well (something that I remember being unbearable difficult as a child).  And so my journey began.

I didn't do it.  To say the least.  I was able to beat the game without cheating, and I even found all but four of the mask without cheating.  However, playing through this entire game as an adult was an experience that I enjoyed far more than I did as a kid.  This game is amazing, it has so much to it, so much that we as children can not even begin to comprehend.  The emotion, the story, the gameplay, the feels (Yes, I did just do that... Sorry) that you get from this game are unlike any other.

There are many messages that go over our heads, even as adults, things that we would literally have to do extensive research on just to get the whole idea of what this game it about.  The entire town is changing throughout the game, people leave, people stay, the fear that is slowly engulfing them as the moon silently moves closer and closer to the town.  Some find themselves in denial, some find themselves running away, some simply weep and wait for the end to come.  It's a game that hits your emotions unlike any game that I have ever played in my entire life.  The sheer amount of work that has been put into this game, the amazing attention to detail, it's unbelievable.  When that final day comes, and you look up into the sky and see the moon taking up the entire sky, that's fear.  Even I grow afraid every single time I look into the sky and the moon is so close, I truly grow afraid.  Even worse is the final six hours.  Horror music begins to play, the Earth shakes, the sky has grown dark, you literally find yourself running to where ever it is you need to go, or pushing the keys to play the song of time as quickly as you can.  When a game can truly overtake you like that, and make you feel so engrossed that you honestly feel like your world is ending... That is something I have never experienced in my entire life, with any other video game.  Not like Majora's Mask was able to do.

And so I decided that the only way for me to experience the full effect of Majora's Mask is to do an extensive amount of research on the entire game.  I will study every single nook and cranny that this game has to offer, I will spend my time on all three days with just about every single character in the game, and will take the most in-depth look that I ever have (and probably ever will) do on a game.  I've decided that I will turn this into chunks.  Every day I will play the game in some way, and I will blog about it, coming to my conclusions about whatever it was I research on that day.  Literally every tiny piece of information that I can fit will come out.  I am currently just no starting the game, but in the days to come, I will be pumping out as much information about everything that I possible can.

It'll be a long road, but I feel like what comes out of this will be mind-blowing.  This game has so much to offer, so many little things that can be easily overlooked.  I'll try my best to keep them as well organized and professional as possible, and I'll truly try and get as much into the psychology of this game as I possibly can.

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