I'm a law student with a love for the quieter things in life. I write on a variety of topics, along with the occasional short story or poem.
My perfect evening? Give me a rainy day, a cup of coffee, and a place to sit and write.
'Majora's Mask' and the Horror Within
The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask was among one of the first Zelda games I ever played, having picked it up as part of the bundle released in the Collector's Edition in 2003. Of course, since I was new to the Zelda franchise at the time (having only played a demo of Wind Waker and an hour of Ocarina), I didn't know anything about the game and I played it like I would any other game. I remember being freaked out at the cutscene where Skull Kid turns Link into a Deku Scrub, and I was pretty disappointed that I couldn't play as regular Link so early on in the game. My disappointment turned into frustration when I couldn't figure out how to turn back into Link's human form and after a prolonged spell of watching the Moon crash into Termina over and over again, I dropped the game out of frustration; only to pick it up years later in middle school. This time, I actually managed to transform back into Link and actually progress through the game. Eager to make up for time that I had lost, I sped through the first two dungeons with relative ease, before academics caught up with me and I stopped playing right around when I started the Great Bay Temple. I left the game once more, this time not really sure if I would ever pick it up again. As fate would have it, in 2014 out of boredom I started playing it again, and this time I finished it for good.
My Top Five Legend of Zelda Bosses
When you've made your way through any level in most role playing video games, you're confronted with one final challenge that you have to overcome before you can move on from that area. This challenge usually appears in the form of a giant enemy that requires a very specific strategy to beat. Depending on the franchise, these fights can turn out to be very different - extremely story driven with long cutscenes and very little player input, easy but extremely long or tedious, short but mind numbingly difficult, the list goes on. It should suffice to say that boss fights are something that everyone looks forward to for the grandiose and the spectacle of it all. Given that dungeons are one of the most integral part of The Legend of Zelda franchise, it was expected that the series presented gamers with excellent bosses. And so far, Nintendo has delivered.
My Top Five Legend of Zelda Dungeons
November 2011 was a monumental moment for Nintendo as they released The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword on the franchise’s 25-year anniversary. The Legend of Zelda is one of the most popular gaming franchises in the world, and it is one of Nintendo’s hallmarks; every game in the series has achieved commercial and critical success, and Skyward Sword was special because it was touted to be a major departure from every game that came before it with the introduction of motion controls for Link’s sword movements. For the occasion, YouTuber Austin Hargrave (AKA Peanut Butter Gamer), started a series of videos where he talked about various things in the Zelda franchise for the entirety of November, dubbing the series "Zelda Month." He has since continued the tradition, and several other YouTubers, among people across the internet, have taken up the initiative of making Zelda-themed videos every November.
Audience Expectation vs. Creative Vision: The Finale of 'How I Met Your Mother'
Making a finale for a TV show can be an excruciatingly difficult task. Leaving aside the fact that its obviously emotional seeing the characters that audiences have grown close to and who have impacted the lives of so many people finally bid goodbye, there's the issue of ensuring that they end up with satisfying conclusions to their individual arcs. If the finale treats them differently or introduces new facets of a characters' personality, audiences are bound to feel a disconnect, as it would feel like the person they've come to know and love has been replaced by someone else entirely. However, if the creator of the character has a certain end goal in mind, then inevitably, there is going to be a situation where that character conforms with the creative vision of his/her creator, no matter what his/her individual character arc may be.
A Review of Avatar: The Last Airbender
Growing up, cartoons were a huge part of my childhood. I remember getting up early on Saturday mornings just to catch an episode of shows like Jimmy Neutron or Spongebob Squarepants. While these shows were entertaining, they were not captivating enough for me to delve into in greater detail beyond enjoying what I saw on the screen. To be fair, this isn't detrimental, as many cartoons children watch at that age don't do this, and if they did, they presented information in such a convoluted way that it became difficult to follow.
'Incredibles 2': Movie Review
Movie sequels are tricky. Old audiences have to be convinced that the original story merited a sequel in the first place, and upon sitting down to view one, have to be convinced that the plot of the movie is worthy of bearing the name of the first. There is also the issue of relevance, which is usually why sequels come out soon after the first movie with a gap of 2 or 3 years. In recent times, franchises like Marvel have shaken it up with sequels to their blockbuster series The Avengers having a gap of around 5 years between each installment, which makes sense given the massive hype surrounding each installment in the series.
The Renegade Pokémon
“This is it…Giratina is up ahead.” I gulped and hopped off from the floating platform to follow Cynthia. As I walked, the air around us grew colder, and the maelstrom below us increased in intensity. Dread filled my entire being as I grasped Infernape’s Poké Ball tightly as I approached the edge of the platform. I stopped next to Cynthia, staring at the empty space in front of us. Cynthia said, “It’s odd that Cyrus isn’t here to confront us. Do you think something happened to him in the Distortion World?” I shook my head. “Honestly, I’m a little scared to think about it.” Cynthia looked into the dark ahead of us and said in an eerily calm voice, “It would seem that Giratina wishes to confront you. I wonder what you will do once you meet in battle.” I looked at her in bewilderment and said, “Why would Giratina want to fight me? I haven’t done anything to it! It was all Cyrus! He’s the one who used the Red Chain to disrupt the fabric of reality!”
What Went Wrong with 'Solo' and What Does It Mean for Star Wars?
When Star WarsEpisode I: The Phantom Menace was announced, everyone became giddily excited at the prospect of a new adventure in the galaxy far, far away. However, when the movie released, fans were immensely disappointed at the lackluster acting, over the top drama, and of course, Jar-Jar Binks. Little did they know that such a display was to be the status quo for Star Wars for the next six years, as two more prequels came out that people were not very kind too. Naturally, people were disappointed that their beloved saga had been reduced to a melodramatic stage show in space. The fear that Star Wars would never recover would have surely been in people’s minds ten years later, as Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens was announced. Yet, as we all know, the movie exceeded all expectations and gave the fans a glimpse at how Star Wars could live on and not let itself be defined by an era long past.