The Legend of Zelda

Returning to a game is an experience of recontextualization. Familiarity allows you to go beyond initial impressions and engage with it in novel ways. For The Legend of Zelda, this familiarity bypasses many of the initial hurdles that hinder new players. Its stark open world, cryptic messages, and hidden systems are captivating when one knows how to engage with them. The challenge for many is to gain this context, as poor translation and a reliance on outside knowledge create multiple barriers to entry. This outside knowledge presents numerous secrets to uncover, but without it, you remain lost in the world.

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