The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Screenshot

IT'S ALL TRUE! EVERYTHING DALE SAYS IS TRUE! In fact, everything you've heard or read from critics, gamers, magazines, web sites, television, family, and friends is true. This is the game of the century and who am I to disagree? After all, I'm one of the converted. Nothing I say or do will have any significant impact on your feelings toward the game or its historical precedence, but nonetheless, I will throw in my two cents and let it float out into the endless sea of cosmic thought that already surrounds this legendary game.

First, my one and only complaint. I spent many days and nights traveling through Hyrule; experiencing all the pleasures, adventure, awe, and wonders it provided. But as I neared the end of the game and sensed it would all be over soon, I lost the motivation to continue. To this day, my golden cartridge sits on my shelf, unfinished. Why, you ask? I spent many a night pondering this question myself and the best response I've come up with came as I was writing this very review. Perhaps in my mind, the perfect game is endless and by not completing the circle, Ocarina of Time will forever remain perfect to me or at least until the day I decide to end it.

Secondly, I felt the story was greatly underrated, especially by the RPG-centric crowd. While I found the story to be simplistically sweet, it was still emotionally genuine (especially Link's relationship with Saria). There's something so basic yet so vital. Even Final Fantasy VII and all its cliched epic glory could only muster up a few ounces of truly emotional content. It's a kind of magic that can't be replicated or manufactured and only through true heart and soul can it flourish. All credit must go to Miyamoto for being able to instill this kind of love in Ocarina of Time. Rating: 10 out of 10.

Chi Kong Lui

Chi Kong Lui

In the 1980s, Chi grew up in small town on the outskirts of New York City called Jackson Heights. Latino actor, John Leguizamo referred to the town as the "melting pot of the world," and while living there, Chi was exposed to many diverse cultures, as well as a bevy of arcade classics such as Pac-Man, Space Ace, Space Harrier and Double Dragon. Chi's love of videogames only seemed to grow as his parents finally caved and bought him an 8-bit Nintendo Entertainment System (after being the only kid in the block without one). In the 1990s, Chi finagled his way into the prestigious Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts.

Somewhere between all the gaming, Chi some how managed to finish high school and get into the New York Institute of Technology. At the same time, Chi also interned at Virtual Frontiers, an Internet software consultancy where he learned the ways of HTML. Soon after acquiring his BFA, Chi went on to become the lead Web designer of the Anti-Defamation League. During his tenure there, Chi was instrumental in redesigning and relaunching the non-profit organization's Web site.

Today, Chi is the webmaster of the American Red Cross in Greater New York and somehow managed to work through the tragic events of September 11th without losing his sanity. Chi considers his life's work and continues to be amazed that the web site is still standing after the recent dotcom fallout. It is his dream that will accomplish two things: 1) Redefine the grammar of videogames much the same way French film critic Andre Bazin did for the art of cinema and 2) bring game criticism to the forefront of mainstream culture much the same way Siskel & Ebert did for film criticism.
Chi Kong Lui

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