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Yesterday I was taking a trip down memory lan
e, playing all the video games I had as a kid. I played those games, having fun, but I was especially looking forward to playing Majora's Mask again. So I popped it in and prepared to sit through the opening cut scenes.
What the hell?
Legend of Zelda has often felt a little bit... macabre. Entire populations destroyed by freezing/suffocation in a pool of ice (Zoras) being first starved half to death and than eaten (Gorons) or simply having their village burned to a crisp (Hylians). Majora's Mask takes this tendency to a bit of an extreme.
It took me about ten minutes into the game to realize that this was NOT intended for kids. Kids can play it, in the same way kids can glide over inappropriate jokes in Disney movies, but there is a LOT in here for adults.
Oh, and so is this:
Yes, that's the moon. And yes, it is freakishly close to earth.
Even the humor is dark. For example, in the local inn, at midnight every night, a hand (I'm not kidding) pops out of the toilet, asking for toilet paper. Yes. Yes it does. And if you give him some, he gives you a piece of heart, which gives you more health.
You thought I was kidding.
So, all in all, I'm a bit freaked out. I love the game, but it's a LITTLE creepy.
How about you? Any memories you've returned to that aren't quite like you remember?
P.S. I'm not sure what this has to do with writing... I guess the lesson here is don't write about a hand that pops out of toilets asking for paper. It's been done.
On the bright side...