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Ocarina Of Time Ten Years Today

MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
edited November 2008 in Games and Technology
Penny Arcade isn't the only one celebrating a decade of life.

I hope that there isn't a thread on this already, I didn't spot one.

Ocarina of Time turns ten years old today so huzzah to 3D Link!

Here's a link to an interview with Eiji Aonuma about the development of the game.

http://www.thehylia.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1227242511&archive=&start_from=&ucat=26&

Ocarina is my personal favourite Zelda. A lot of people say that it's just nostalgia but I didn't even play it for the first time until two years ago and I thought that it was amazing. It managed to capture a kind of magic that hasn't been fully repeated yet.

So I guess this birthday is as good a reason as any to have a topic on this.

What did you think of it back in 98?

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    GPIA7RGPIA7R Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Honestly, it was too slow and clunky for me. I got characters mixed up, I didn't know how to do anything, and I never did finish it.

    Granted, I was 12.

    Finally got around to playing it again when it came out on Gamecube with the Wind Waker bonus disk. Masterpiece :)

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    DomhnallDomhnall Minty D. Vision! ScotlandRegistered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I didn't really like when I played it at my cousin's. Got majora's mask when it came out though and thought it was great. I do enjoy OoT nowadays but Wind Waker and MM come before it.

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    MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    GPIA7R wrote: »
    Honestly, it was too slow and clunky for me. I got characters mixed up, I didn't know how to do anything, and I never did finish it.

    Granted, I was 12.

    Finally got around to playing it again when it came out on Gamecube with the Wind Waker bonus disk. Masterpiece :)

    That was pretty much me.

    I just wasn't interesting in Zelda when I was 13 despite playing and loving A Link To The Past and Link's Awakening years before. I got it on the Gamecube bonus disk and it just relit my love of Zelda games again. all these years later.

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    Capt HowdyCapt Howdy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Still my favorite game of all time! A Link to the Past is a close second.

    I play this game at least once a year.

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    Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Don't call me Shirley... Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ten years and still the highest rated game in history. :^:

    personally, I still find "A Link to the Past" more fun.

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    shyguyshyguy Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Holy Jesus fuck this makes me feel old.

    OoT's release was huge. I had the gold cart preordered at TRU and everything. I remember having feverishly done everything I could possibly have wanted to with Metal Gear Solid so that I could totally concentrate on OoT when it came out.

    My best friend and I both got it launch day, and did pretty much nothing but play it after school for days. Unfortunately, we both lost valuable play time due to Thanksgiving trips. I remember getting to the old Link parts before him, but the Water Temple raped me and he finished the game before I did.

    But man, this game was epic. I don't think I've been able to approach a game with as much wide-eyed wonder since. Just something about being the right age (15) at the right time with the right game.

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    Brainiac 8Brainiac 8 Don't call me Shirley... Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Water Temple took a piece of my soul with it. :(

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    MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Aonuma mentions in that interview that if he could change one thing it would be to have the iron boots be an item rather than an option from the menu just to make the water temple a little more pleasant.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    Aonuma mentions in that interview that if he could change one thing it would be to have the iron boots be an item rather than an option from the menu just to make the water temple a little more pleasant.

    "I wish I could go back via time warp and make the Iron Boots into an item, not equipment. That would have made the Water Temple more fun."

    That -was- a gigantic improvement in Wind Waker/TP.

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    i n c u b u si n c u b u s Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Same here shy guy, I can't believe the memory I have of getting OoT for Christmas that year was 10 years ago! Before OoT I had played a few Mario games and what not but not anything else really and this game really made me into the person who I am today who loves games.

    I remember that I first tried it out at a JCpenny demo station (or it might have been Sears) and I just had to have it. Hell the only thing I played was like first 5 mins of screwing around in Kariko village and I was hooked, in fact everytime we happened to be at the ball I asked my mom if she needed anything from Sears so I could go play some more.

    Coincidentally, this was also the year I firmly confirmed that Santa wasn't real though I had my suspicions haha. I saw my parents put a Sears bag up on the top shelf of the closet so I did some snooping and found a copy of OoT waiting for Christmas day to show up. Possibly the best Christmas ever =] .

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    MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ocarina just has a certain magic to it that I feel The Wind Waker came very close to capturing but just fell short.

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    BeckBeck Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I've never been able to play through OOT, I always get fatigued a near the Shadow Temple. Link's Awakening is probably my favorite Zelda, as it's the only one I've actually finished without taking a 3-month break.

    OOT is a great game, though. I might try and play it again today. My most recent save file is still at the Shadow Temple boss...

    Hover boots blew my mind when I was nine.

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    i n c u b u si n c u b u s Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    Ocarina just has a certain magic to it that I feel The Wind Waker came very close to capturing but just fell short.

    I concur, something about slinging magic from a sword and shooting fire/ice arrows makes you feel so awesome. Also Din's Fire kicks so much ass, just had to say that.

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    WembleyWembley Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I loved this game so much. I thought it was great. Unfortunately, I never finished it. My brother and I were both playing through it at the same time. We both were successfully avoiding spoilers from the other, but I happened to walk into the room as he was going through the endgame. For some reason I decided to sit and watch, and once I saw the end, I didn't really feel the need to finish my own game. I still kind of regret that decision.

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    MikeRyuMikeRyu Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    Ocarina just has a certain magic to it that I feel The Wind Waker came very close to capturing but just fell short.

    I concur, something about slinging magic from a sword and shooting fire/ice arrows makes you feel so awesome. Also Din's Fire kicks so much ass, just had to say that.

    I meant magic like as a metaphor for that certain specialness that can't be described, but yeah the magic in OoT was cool. Din's Fire was my favourite.

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    SixfortyfiveSixfortyfive Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    OoT was the first Zelda game I actually enjoyed and one of few games I've pulled 2 consecutive all-nighters in order to finish.

    Kind of amazing that this and Half-Life came out within a couple days of each other.

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    OmegasquashOmegasquash Boston, MARegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Lemme see...I was 1, freshly graduated from high school, working and going to community college. Rather than pursuing a serious social life (because when you work full time and have a 15 credit load, you can't really do much with that in friggin' Podunk), I would spend my down time playing Zelda. OoT occupied that space for nearly a semester.

    It couldn't have come at a better time for me. Except for the Water Temple, a sentiment which I'm sure is echoed by many. Fuck that place.

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    i n c u b u si n c u b u s Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    MikeRyu wrote: »
    Ocarina just has a certain magic to it that I feel The Wind Waker came very close to capturing but just fell short.

    I concur, something about slinging magic from a sword and shooting fire/ice arrows makes you feel so awesome. Also Din's Fire kicks so much ass, just had to say that.

    I meant magic like as a metaphor for that certain specialness that can't be described, but yeah the magic in OoT was cool. Din's Fire was my favourite.

    I knew what you meant I was just adding the literal magic in the game onto my agreeing statement. I don't think I've ever wanted a game as badly as I did when OoT came out and thats a feeling I haven't felt in forever (not even for Zelda:TP) pure magic.

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    SixfortyfiveSixfortyfive Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    The Water Temple is the greatest dungeon.

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    ChenChen Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I wanted this game so much I actually imported it and modded my N64. It costed me about $150 in total and it was all worth it. Most magical Christmas ever. Truly one of the all-time greats.

    My favorite temple would be the Fire Temple. I just love the atmosphere and the background story surrounding the Gorons and Volvagia. That conspicuous key in the Water Temple gets me every time which I imagine happened to a lot of people. The Shadow Temple and the bottom of the well were pure Nightmare Fuel.

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    wasted pixelswasted pixels Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I got my start as a web developer working on Zelda fansites around the time OoT launched. :oops:

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    CowbombCowbomb Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I was 8 when this came out, and being the pussy that I was got terrified in the Deku Tree on the first day I got it and couldn't bring myself to play it anymore.

    The solution? I played through the whole thing with my Dad, taking it in turns to use the controller, and working out all the puzzles and stuff together.

    It took us ages to finish it, me being 8 and my Dad having never really played a vidjagame before, but it's easily my best gaming memory.

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    RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I just got the Zelda Masterpiece Collection thing for the Cube because I've never played Majora's Mask. In flipping through the games menu, I saw that Ocarina released 10 years ago. I was 14. I thought I was younger than that.

    So to celebrate, I'm playing Majora's Mask for the first time! It's giving me anxiety, and I won't be surprised if I develop a nervous tick while playing.

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    SixfortyfiveSixfortyfive Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Majora's Mask really disappointed me initially. The whole "we're going to lazily reuse every single one of the OoT character models, but they're totally different because parallel universe!!!" thing really turned me off at the start, and I was kind of irked that neither Zelda nor Ganon played any role at all. Given the Zelda games that followed, though, I've come to appreciate MM quite a bit since then.

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    RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Oh and Majora's Mask in progressive scan on a bigass HDTV looks A LOT BETTER than I thought it would.

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    unknownsome1unknownsome1 Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I played OoT when I was about 9 years old and loved it. The Water Temple was a real bitch though and while I managed to get past it, I never finished the game (stopped at Ganon's castle).

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    PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    So many things turning 10 years old right now.

    I must admit that I never really cared about OoT and that I liked MM a lot more. Part of that might be because I didn't play OoT when it was new and I played through MM on my cousins N64.

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    RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I played OoT when I was about 9 years old and loved it. The Water Temple was a real bitch though and while I managed to get past it, I never finished the game (stopped at Ganon's castle).

    WHAT

    You can't stop there. The end fights are so awesome. They are "Top 10 Gaming Moments" material. Then the end is kind of cheesy except for this one moment. So good.

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    WitchsightWitchsight Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    10 years sounds acceptable to me... it seems like ages since i remember playing it. However it does make me feel like saying that if you werent in highschool when you first played through it, YOU ARE TOO YOUNG.
    But then that doesnt make any sense.

    On my second playthrough i beat the game without getting any extra hearts (except for the 1 or 2 you needed to pick up in order to progress). I dont even know why i was compelled, there wasnt even an acheivement for it :(.

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    ChenChen Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Cowbomb wrote: »
    I was 8 when this came out, and being the pussy that I was got terrified in the Deku Tree on the first day I got it and couldn't bring myself to play it anymore.
    Oh man, Demonic Spiders. Remember when you got to a room where suddenly eggs fell down waiting to get hatched? I screamed like a little girl and ran to the nearest exit. Were it not that the entry was clogged with cogweb, so I had to go to another room, lit a Deku Stick and run back again, all the while spiders were trying to rape me.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    I think everyone did a 3 heart run.

    I don't ever remember any required hearts

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    CherrnCherrn Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ocarina was a practically a landmark achievement in 3D level design, next to the original Tomb Raider. I don't care what anyone says, the water temple is brilliant. The dungeons absolutely still hold up, though everything around them is less interesting nowadays.

    I do like Majora's Mask more overall, but Ocarina is still a fantastically well-designed game.

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    NickleNickle Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Ah man, memories. Being a Nintendo person (over Sega, really the only other choice around that time), and reading the magazine articles leading up to the N64s release, teasing me with shots of Mario 64. Finally getting to play it was amazing, and then keeping up with the Zelda 64 news until I could play that. OoT was absolutely amazing at the time, and has only diminished as far as visuals are concerned. Everything else about it was, and still is, nearly perfect.

    I don't know, I doubt I'll ever be as excited about videogames as I was during the transition from the SNES/Genesis era to the N64/Playstation/Segastillsucks era. I don't know, now our new generations are just prettier and prettier, but back then, that transition was a paradigm shift; 2d to 3d, simple as that. Maybe it was because I was younger, less jaded, still a teenager but with a job that allowed me some spending money. Maybe it was because I didn't have ready access to the internet, and waiting a month for a trickle of news made everything more intense.

    Whatever it was, it was pretty great.

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    RenzoRenzo Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Witchsight wrote: »
    10 years sounds acceptable to me... it seems like ages since i remember playing it. However it does make me feel like saying that if you werent in highschool when you first played through it, YOU ARE TOO YOUNG.
    But then that doesnt make any sense.

    On my second playthrough i beat the game without getting any extra hearts (except for the 1 or 2 you needed to pick up in order to progress). I dont even know why i was compelled, there wasnt even an acheivement for it :(.

    I am so ragey right now.

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    MagicPrimeMagicPrime FiresideWizard Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    Renzo wrote: »
    Witchsight wrote: »
    10 years sounds acceptable to me... it seems like ages since i remember playing it. However it does make me feel like saying that if you werent in highschool when you first played through it, YOU ARE TOO YOUNG.
    But then that doesnt make any sense.

    On my second playthrough i beat the game without getting any extra hearts (except for the 1 or 2 you needed to pick up in order to progress). I dont even know why i was compelled, there wasnt even an acheivement for it :(.

    I am so ragey right now.

    I got this game the first Christmas in my new house/town. I remember how cool it was after I got the Master Sword and went to the Forest Temple the first time.

    I still think the hardest boss in the game was the Phantom Ganon from the Forest Temple.

    I think I got this, golden eye, and starfox. But its been so long I might be confusing years.

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    WitchsightWitchsight Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    FyreWulff wrote: »
    I think everyone did a 3 heart run.

    I don't ever remember any required hearts

    Sryus? Ive never looked up the right way to do it... but i could have sworn there was a boss whose arena you couldnt escape unless you hopped in the little tranportation portal that had a heart right in it.

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    GraviijaGraviija Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    I remember getting this game for the holidays after a month of waiting...it was a magical moment for my 11 year old self.

    But here I am now, 21 years old, having played innumerable games since Ocarina of Time came out, and it is STILL my favorite game of all-time. It's hard to see that ever changing. The game is perfect.

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    FyreWulffFyreWulff YouRegistered User, ClubPA regular
    edited November 2008
    Witchsight wrote: »
    FyreWulff wrote: »
    I think everyone did a 3 heart run.

    I don't ever remember any required hearts

    Sryus? Ive never looked up the right way to do it... but i could have sworn there was a boss whose arena you couldnt escape unless you hopped in the little tranportation portal that had a heart right in it.

    Pretty sure. I beat it with 3 hearts and only 3 hearts. I think. Fuck, let me go check.

    edit, yeah,this video shows someone beating the final boss with only 3 hearts

    http:// www.youtube.com /watch?v=vEOS4qboxtw

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    PeewiPeewi Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    FyreWulff wrote: »
    Witchsight wrote: »
    FyreWulff wrote: »
    I think everyone did a 3 heart run.

    I don't ever remember any required hearts

    Sryus? Ive never looked up the right way to do it... but i could have sworn there was a boss whose arena you couldnt escape unless you hopped in the little tranportation portal that had a heart right in it.

    Pretty sure. I beat it with 3 hearts and only 3 hearts. I think. Fuck, let me go check.

    edit, yeah,this video shows someone beating the final boss with only 3 hearts

    http:// www.youtube.com /watch?v=vEOS4qboxtw

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    Personally, I think that Ocarina of Time has some parts that are really great, but it also has some things that I find annoying.

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    DarkSymphonyDarkSymphony Registered User regular
    edited November 2008
    hoo boy do I have a memory of the launch for OoT.

    I was 16, went to get it at launch (reserved for gold cart and all). The launch day for me was nice and all, I had a great day playing it and forgetting any and all homework I had. It was really cool. However, the real memory comes later on, about 2 weeks after launch.

    I was spending the night at this girl's house I had met about a month prior. We weren't dating, but we became really good friends pretty fast and I was to go to her house and help her with math homework. Well, I went over and I realized she had an N64 (which surprised me, she was absolutely not the gaming type. Typical hot blonde type of girl). Well, after we got done all our homework and she started understanding the stuff better, she asked if I ever heard of the new Zelda game....I was kinda shocked and was like "yeah I got it, it's awesome" so she has me go to her room and we played for like 4 hours. It was around 11pm and I was tired as shit so I just kinda fell asleep next to her. We were in this huge beanbag type chair. She later told me her parents came up to her room and saw me sleeping, but just left me alone instead of waking me up. So, anyways when i woke up at 6am I saw an N64 controller leading to the girl (Kristen was her name), left in her hands and her head was resting on my shoulder. She was sleeping and the game was left in the Water temple.

    She woke up and the first thing she said was that she didn't invite me over to help with her homework (even though she actually did need the help). She kissed me and we dated after that for about a year.

    so when I hear someone say stuff about the water temple in OoT, the last thing I think of is "bad".

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