By Hailinel 0 Comments
Imagine, if you will, that you're working for Nintendo, and by whatever circumstances occurred, you find yourself working on the next Legend of Zelda title for the Wii. You have been assigned one task and one task only. Nintendo has felt that it's time that Link spoke, and it's your job to determine not only the sound of his voice, but the manner of his speech and his general personal attitude.
I don't know about you, but my reaction to this would not be one of glee. As a matter of fact, I'd probably be scared shitless. Sure, giving Link a voice and dialogue sounds like an easy proposition, but where woudl I even start? No matter what I do, there's going to be that throng of Zelda fans that would find it nothing short of sacrilige to hear Link speak. There's no way that I could please them. On the other hand, there's that throng of Zelda fans that have gotten sick of Link being a silent protagonist and will think the game is an archaic dinosaur if Link continues to simply grunt and shout at the very most.
Okay, so it's true that not everyone can be pleased. That much is obvious. Still, how do you define a character's personality when that personality has largely been defined by the player's own imagination for close to twenty-five years? Is he the archetype of the just hero? Does he use snarky one-liners? How does he actually feel about Zelda? How does he actually feel about being the legendary hero of Hyrule? What about his relationship with friends or family members?
If this personality test sounds ridiculous to you, keep in mind that these are questions that would necessary. It's something that needs to be thought out and given a great deal of care. Otherwise, you get stuff like this:
Or perhaps this:
Okay, so those are both pretty extreme examples. Nintendo has proven that they have better writers than whoever it was worked on the above. Still, I'd rather not see Link with a voice and personality until Nintendo feels that they were able to get them right. If that means sitting through another Zelda game with a silent protagonist Link, I'm cool with that.