Father of My Childhood is a video tribute to Shigeru Miyamoto, the creator of the Legend of Zelda series, which was created by Jarek Matthew Jones, owner and operator of Wyld Stallyns Games.ย  He created the video for the 25th anniversary of Zelda as a way of showing his appreciation for all that Miyamoto’s games have meant to him. With visual clips from across the Zelda franchise, Jarek paints a vivid picture of how these games have made him the man he is today.

This video honestly stopped me in my tracks the first time I heard it. What a wonderful tribute to a man and a story that has meant so much to so many people across the globe. This video struck a chord with me as it has with many others; over 18,000 hits and still climbing daily. Well done boys! Every word, every crescendo sends a chill up my spine.

Video and more thoughts after the jump:

For many of us, The Legend of Zelda is much more than just a game. It is a story about destiny; about love and about friendship. It is about the courage to stand up and do what is right, and when I hear a song like this, I can not help but feel the writer’s passion come blazing through. And passion, my friends, is a wonderful thing and should be embraced. Donโ€™t ever be embarrassed about something you’re passionate for. It is the things that move us, like this story, that make us who we are, and that is what this song is all about.

To Jarek Matthew Jones, Kyle Strickler and Ryan Reyes, I raise my glass to you. You have created something beautiful and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing that beauty with those of us that share in your passions.

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  • HeroofTime

    I actually started to tear up listening to the song and watching the video it showed me how much The Legend of Zelda series has affected and lit up my childhood, it showed how Shigeru Miyamoto enlightened everyone who played his games including Zelda, he is the true hero of legend

    • HeroofTime

      It takes me back to a time when I was6 or 7 I was introduced to A Link to the Past and immediately got hooked to it and right now I'm 19 and I still love the big legend that impacked my live to this day, I hope everyone feels the same that I do about this legendary and loved series.

    • mcdude910

      I teared up, too, man. This was just beautiful. The Legend of Zelda truly made me who I am today, and I thank the true Hero of Time for that. Shigeru Miyamoto, you will live forever, in the hearts of millions, along with the spirits of your creation. To Link, Zelda, and even the dark prince, Ganon, you have touched my heart in ways that I simply can not express without tears. I feel safe, here, to say that I love The Legend of Zelda. Even Zelda II. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • jduff725

    This video is amazing. It makes me realize how much I missed out not having been introduced to Zelda until college a couple years back. But like so many, the child in us still finds heroes like the Hero of Time to be an inspiring figure of courage. And the man behind Link is responsible for every soul inspired to be courageous like our favorite green-clad hero, be he ten, twelve or seventeen.

  • Damn ZU, you need some more writers. This was featured on ZD ages ago… but hey, awesome forums.

    • We just hired a bunch more writers today actually, and this is the first post of one of them. ๐Ÿ˜›

  • ChainofTermina

    I swear, when Miyamoto bites the big one, the world may as well crumble in on itself.

    • mcdude910

      Shigeru Miyamoto will live long after his heart ceases to beat.

  • Topaz Mutiny

    This song. This song is me.

    Zelda was only a small part of it among many others, but Shigeru Miyamoto and his games had a tremendous impact on my childhood. I'm in tears now, because he's actually the reason why I'm in College in the first place. He inspired me to go into the Gaming Industry.

  • aeolus

    I agree that Miyamoto created Zelda, and Mario of course, but he isn't the only one responsible for the stories that have shaped many of our childhoods and imaginations. It was a team effort.

    • mcdude910

      This is surely true, and the reason why I'm not voting you down like the rest, but this is Miyamoto's dream come true, and this song is simply a way to let him know that there are people that never have, and could never even dream to meet him, that have been truly touched, and affected by his decisions.

  • fiercedeityfan

    I wonder what will happen to the Zelda series when he…kicks the bucket… lie, will someone else make the games, or will the series be put to an end? …

    • mcdude910

      I'm sure Eiji Aunoma will take over. But, even if the games continue to get better, the feeling will simply never be the same.

      I dread that day.

  • fiercedeityfan

    I wonder what will happen to the Zelda series when he…kicks the bucket… like, will someone else make the games, or will the series be put to an end? …

  • Give it up for the best president of any gaming company, and the maker of this amazing tribute!

    Does anybody know who does the song?

    • zuko

      This is an original song written by Jarek Matthew Jones
      Performed by Jarek Matthew Jones, Kyle Strickler and Ryan Reyes

  • neos

    i hope that myiamoto has sean this video. because it takes everything he has done and puts it together perfectly.

    • mcdude910

      Well, it would have to be translated, first, but I hope so, too.

  • Sdimas

    Wow ………… such a good song , and the video is perfect along with it . Its a kinda sad song though . Almost like its paying tribute after Shigeru is gone . That will be a very sad sad day Good work Jerek , Kyle and Ryan !!!! Please make more , and I promise not to cry when i watch them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • mcdude910

      I don't… I can't make that promise.

      • Sdimas

        lol , it is hard isnt it ?

  • NWBlue

    This was an amazing tribute. I found in recent years I've played more shooters but I still can remember when zelda first touched my life and I think starting with OOT and MM, they were the first games that really made me feel special and like I was truely experiencing something life changing. These games made me realize how I could be myself and thrive just like Link. Often times I think the shame I feel is when I can't properly describe to people just how much video games like zelda mean to us. I will never stop loving zelda.