If life gives you melons, make melancholy

Thursday, 16 December 2004 — 5:38pm | Video games

Somebody get a hold of Adam, or anyone who can read Japanese. I have need of your services.

Sources indicate that a Japanese magazine has announced in some capacity that the title of the next Zelda game is Zelda no Denetsu: Yuushuu no Tadzuna. The literal word-for-word translation – recognizing, of course, that the Nintendo of today takes some measures to ensure that the titles of the American releases make sense in English – is reported to be “The Legend of Zelda: The Ride of Melancholy.” There’s one claim that contextually speaking, it should be the Bridle of Melancholy. The most reasonable hypothesis so far, in terms of a translation that also preserves it semantically, is Reins of Sorrow. Then again, the whole thing could be a hoax.

Speaking of Nintendo franchises, IGN has a neat little what-if feature on next-generation sequels, though their idea of what constitutes a revolution in gameplay is mostly limited to “bigger, prettier and online.” Maybe that’s why they’re not designers. Still, some of the concepts make you think. For my part, I’m interested in what the Nintendo Revolution will bring to the table in terms of opening new avenues of design, and game design lies in the nature of interactivity in which the player engages. Not saying I’d have a problem with things being bigger and prettier, of course. As far as online play goes, I still fail to see why the games industry is so hell-bent on putting the cart before the horse. To them I say, get rid of monthly fees and then we’ll talk. (I’m looking at you, World of Warcraft.)

Also on the subject of expanding video game markets is this editorial piece on the Nintendo DS’ potential to uncover an untapped demographic that wants to play games, but without pushing any buttons. Personally, while the DS is as a device a glorious, fascinating system and the developmental epitome of handheld gaming, Super Mario 64 DS is only going to sustain people for so long. Having one competent (nay, really bloody addictive) piece of software on your platform kind of defeats the purpose of having a modular system with substitutable software cards. Mario 64 is doing fine by itself right now, but it’s not going to hold up the system forever. Please, sir, I want some more.

An interesting followup regarding Sherlock Holmes, whom I discussed in my post on The Final Solution:

Holmes solves death of a fan

Maurice Chittenden

The mystery of how Britain’s leading expert on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle came to be lying garrotted to death on his own bed may have been solved by the author’s greatest creation, Sherlock Holmes.

Amateur sleuths probing the unsolved death of Richard Lancelyn Green believe he took a leaf out of one of the Victorian detective’s adventures.

In one inquiry Holmes deduces that a woman arranged her suicide to look like murder. Friends of Lancelyn Green now believe he might have tried the same tactic in an attempt to get revenge from beyond the grave for an imagined deception.

Read the whole story.

Here’s a neat little theoretical reference for the sci-fi readers in the crowd, or anyone in particular who notices commonplace annoyances in literature of any genre but can’t put a finger on what they are: Louis Shiner’s Turkey City Lexicon (and in case you want more, its elaborated cousin). Plot Coupons, “As You Know Bob,” Burly Detective Syndrome, and my favourite, Eyeball Kicks – read all about it.

On a final note, it’s been two days now, and I can’t believe I haven’t even seen the Extended Edition of The Return of the King, much less written ten thousand words about it.

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