下手の横好き世界5 by William Van Hecke

Super Relax

I have spent this whole long weekend playing The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess on the Wii.

This entire Wii experience has been a return to my childhood. Getting excited with my friends at work, going and camping out together, chatting with random strangers in line about how much fun it was going to be. Playing DS together in the cold while we waited. Then, like Christmas Day, finally getting it, coming back, and everyone tearing open packaging, making impressed noises, and showing off how cool each component is. The ceremony of hooking it up. (In contrast, hooking up the Xbox 360 was kind of a confusing chore.) Then hours of discovering just how cool it all is.

Once the group had their fun with it, in the following week several of us came back to it on our own to try Zelda. I ended up putting in 24 hours of play over the course of four nights, ignoring all outside responsibilities for a while, feeling like a kid. It’s hard to get so engrossed in a game that I forget about pretty much everything else, everything but jumping across lava pits, turning on water wheels, or finding the Master Sword. It’s like playing Chrono Trigger in my bedroom on my second-hand Super Nintendo in the summer of 1996, passing the controller back and forth on Ocarina of Time at Tony’s house in the winter of 1998, or eating my mom’s specially-made Chex Mix as I played through Xenogears during the 1999-2000 Christmas break. I’ve been exchanging messages with Rachael over the Wii’s mail system, about how far we’ve gotten and how difficult some of the levels are.

Feeling like it’s Christmas, and like I’m a teenager, for whom it’s all right to stay up until sunrise, every now and then, is pretty cool.