At 2016’s E3, the world was first introduced to The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. After watching the Nintendo Treehouse footage featuring the game, I thought it’d be a good idea to show the game to my father. He’s a retired sixty-six-year-old man who has played through most of the major home console Zelda releases including The Legend of Zelda for the NES. His favorite game in the series is Ocarina of Time, which he has beaten countless times. I thought it’d be interesting to see what he’d think of Breath of the Wild so I sent him the footage. He watched through all the Nintendo Treehouse videos and told me he was interested in the game. However, he didn’t expect to be able to play the game since he couldn’t afford both the new Nintendo console and the game.
My father was the person who introduced me to the world of video games. As a young kid, I used to watch him play the NES and the SNES all the time. After watching for a long time, I picked up the controller and began playing Super Mario World and Donkey Kong Country. For the man who taught me how to play video games, I decided to let him have my Wii U and buy him Breath of the Wild. After I gave him the game, he immediately became hooked, playing the game for hours every night. His wife would go to bed and he’d immediately turn the game on and play until 4:00 in the morning. The exploration and freedom aspects captivated him and the big world left him a near infinite amount of things to do.
After my father got Breath of the Wild, most of the conversations I would have with him would center around the game. He would always ask me to help him with shrines, he especially had trouble with the Major Tests of Strength. As he became more used to the controls of Breath of the Wild, he stopped asking for help and began to tell me about certain experiences that he had in the game. He also regularly goes on YouTube to see how other people get through shrines. Breath of the Wild allows so many different methods to play the game, it allows people to create diverse play styles and he finds it interesting to see how they accomplish certain tasks.
It’s now been a year since I have introduced my father to Breath of the Wild. He has been playing the game almost every night since I bought it for him. Currently, he’s on his third playthrough of the game and is considering going through the game for the fourth time. It amazes me how much the world of Hyrule resonates with him. As a sixty-six-year-old man, he’s seen a lot in his life. He grew up in a violent neighborhood filled with drugs and alcohol, went to a school taught by abusive nuns, lost his father at a young age, worked in a mental institution, been married three times, and has been betrayed by family members. The fact that a game like Breath of the Wild can stimulate him shows how anyone can fall deeply in love with this well crafted and beautifully imagined world.