Why the Zelda Series Will Never Be Respected by Hardcore Gamers

This fan submission article discusses the reasons why the popular Legend of Zelda series will not gain respect with hardcore gamers. Points include Nintendo's laziness, repetitive gameplay, and more.

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qface643079d ago (Edited 3079d ago )

call me crazy but i could have sworn the zelda series was a very liked and respected series

blitz06233079d ago

Lies! The Zelda series was always respected!

kaveti66163079d ago (Edited 3079d ago )

If the article is anything like the title, then this whole thing is bullshit. The Legenda of Zelda series is about as hardcore as you can get when it comes to gaming. It has a very large following in many parts of the world amongst people of all ages, races, creeds, and social statuses.

If these imbeciles define hardcore games by the amount of profanity and blood that they contain, then I reiterate that they are idiots.

Hardcore is fast becoming a meaningless term. It means nothing to me anymore. Literally, nothing. It provides to me no example or idea of what it means. Is Poke'mon hardcore or not? Is Mario hardcore or not? I don't know anymore. The only time I understand the term "hardcore" is when its being used to describe pornography. And even then, it's not always clear.

Saaking3079d ago (Edited 3079d ago )

WHAT? LMAO. I'm a hardcore gamer and I have great respect for Zelda. Even after so many years, it's never disappointed. In fact, Zelda Wii is up there with GOWIII and Halo Reach on my list. I know a lot of people grew with Zelda and we'll always continue to enjoy it and respect it.

Ocarina of Time is, imo, one of the, if not THE greatest game ever made.

iamtehpwn3079d ago

But Zelda is one of the only remaining Nintendo Franchises I still have absolute respect for.

deadreckoning6663079d ago

I've never really gotten into Zelda, but I respect that a lot of people like it.

mikeslemonade3079d ago

I have no respect for Nintendo because it's not HD.

ParanoidMonkey3079d ago

...but this article is correct. You are a casual gamer if you like Zelda. I tried playing this kiddie series at my friends house and I literally turned into a 5 year old in the process. First of all, lets get to the graphics, they weren't even in HD. What kind of garbage is that? HD stands for Hardcore Definition. If I'm not playing on my Dad's 50" plasma in 1080p then I'm just playing casual, like on a DS or PSP or something (lame kindergartener stuff).

But that doesn't matter when there's no online multiplayer. Seriously, what is this, 2003? As far as I'm concerned video games didn't start until Xbox Live invented online play. There's only one true test of skill and that's capturing a flag with a 3:1 kill/death ratio. Nobody plays sports for fun, so why would anyone play video games for fun? Exactly. Since I got fired from my job of waterboy on my Junior High's football team, video games are all I have left.

Oh, what's that letter at the bottom of the package? I don't recognize it. That's right, no M rating, no purchase. Maybe you casual gamers can play something inoffensive like Zelda, but I'll stick to my mature games for mature people such as myself.

So yeah, this article is right on the money. I'll stick to Halo 3 and Modern Warfare 2 -- the reason video games were invented. You casual gamers make me sick. Now if you'll excuse me, my Mom is yelling at me because I forgot to take out the trash last night.

Valencia3079d ago

Then you started gaming this gen?
Oh please, go back to your sports in HD and leave gaming alone.

baum3079d ago

Zelda is and always will be respected unless Nintendo does something crazy with it. I am not clicking this article, but hopefully it's just a satire. If not, whoever wrote it is retarded.

TheBand1t3079d ago

Is this article for real?

iceman28853079d ago

Couldn't agree more, I know me and a couple of other of my friends that might be considered hardcore gamers respect Zelda.

Heck, the original Zelda for NES is one of my favorite (and I think most revolutionary games) of all time.

qface643079d ago (Edited 3079d ago )

i pray that you are joking seriously?
if your not joking or being sarcastic then ok you have earned my biggest idiot of the day award

kewlkat0073078d ago

are always about QUALITY, so that is why I play some of these old Nintendo Franchises.

topdawg1223078d ago

Still my favorite franchise to this day, and I would consider myself a hardcore gamer. Some Zelda games are masterpieces, just like I would consider Super Mario World, Mario 64, or Metroid amazing games as well.

MiloGarret3078d ago

Sarcasm? If so --------> Great comment! Honestly, few times have I seen clever humor such as this displayed on n4g.

If not --------> ................ *silence*

Eamon3078d ago

lol, Paranoid Monkey, if you can prove that the "kiddies" can easily beat the complex and innovative puzzles in Zelda games, then I will believe you.

thesummerofgeorge3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

It's based on a false assumption. The original Zelda was what I grew up playing and I will always love the series. Clearly hardcore gamers do respect it, just look at the comments.

BWS19823078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

originally debuted in the 80's it helped (along with games like Contra and Metroid and Ninja Gaiden) define what hardcore meant for console gaming. This "article" sounds like a PMSing nerd who's never liked Zelda and got pissy when he heard a sequel was in the works again as everyone around him got excited. Loser.

Knghtz3078d ago

Haha, that was hilarious. I'm hoping most people got your sarcasm.

Here, take these bubbles. Its contents will help you on your way.

thesummerofgeorge3078d ago

Anyone who couldn't sense paranoidmonkey's blatant sarcasm needs to pick themselves up a sense of humor. I mean really, c'mon with the disagrees and the "you'd better not be serious" comments, it was inyourface sarcasm. I got a chuckle out of it at least...

Kos-Mos3078d ago

If I were a wait if you were a wait todays rose goes to ye (^_^)

AAACE53078d ago

I'm still pissed off about Zelda! Do you remember when the gamecube was out, they came out with some screenshots of how the next Zelda game could/would look. And then they came out with Wind Waker!

swice3078d ago

A bubble for you Paranoid Monkey. Well said

Mini Mario3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

Not "hardcore" lol what a joke of an article. People that use the term "hardcore" to describe themselves as people that only play FPS, and that every game needs to be online just annoy me.

Phantom hour glass, wind waker and spirit tracks are awesome games (with the cell shaded "toony" look)...maybe they were too hard for him or something.

Mini Mario3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

"have no respect for Nintendo because it's not HD."

Anyone that says a game is not a game that is not in HD is an absolute tool, you must not have played games prior to the last gen because up until then it was all SD.

Anything with the phrase "hardcore" in it doesnt mean a single thing to me. Try and beat the original zelda to see how "hardcore" you really are.

Unless your being sarcastic

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life doomer3079d ago

I'm a hardcore gamer that is in LOVE with the zelda series. I respect the series with passion because ocarina of time was the first game that got me into gaming. No homo

Seekerofthewind3079d ago (Edited 3079d ago )

-_- Geez, is this guy serious? And he was saying the Phantom Hourglass and Spirit Tracks games' graphics were subpar?! They're freaking DS games. They're not supposed to have advanced graphics, and I think they look fantastic for DS games.

crazyturkey3079d ago (Edited 3079d ago )

Someone is on crack. When did this guy started to play videogames? Zelda is a loved and respected franchise by hardcore gamers. If you don't like it you're not hardcore. I'm pretty sure the next Zelda game is one, if not the most anticipated game for the Wii.

Trebius3079d ago

None of these "Gamers" that started with the Xbox Generation know what a real gamer is.

All this new gen of gamers wants is shooters cause Halo made every 6-16 year old kid in the country WORSHIP the title. (cause of the extreme ad campaigns and hype they created)

Gaming was different back in the day, and I loved seeing it evolve from Atari and NES to what we have now.

I respect them and will always love the series, but I fear they'll never recapture the feelings I used to get when playing Link to the Past...just like an RPG will never recatpure the feelings I had for Xenogears, Chrono trigger and FFVII.

Max Power3079d ago


(Just reading the headline.)

Knghtz3078d ago

Try not to look into it too much, it can make your head explode!

Someone looking for hits methinks!