Game Theory: Link in Purgatory

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Uh, long time no see?

I haven’t a super-special post for you, but I am compelled to direct my readers — assuming I have any — to a fascinating Youtube video that was recently released, courtesy of a channel called The Game Theorists.

Put simply, the video is a twelve-minute essay that argues the plot of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask — one of my all-time favorite videogames — is mostly metaphorical, and that the true story of the game concerns the death of Link, the hero, and his journey through the afterlife. The video draws upon a lot of Zelda lore, so if your knowledge isn’t up to snuff then parts of the theory may be incomprehensible, but the video tries to balance the philosophy with humor.

Pretty creepy thumbnail, though.


Man, Majora’s Mask is the game that just keeps on giving, innit?

As a major Zelda fan, I have to say I’m conflicted about this theory. On the one hand, I think it makes a lot of sense, and it certainly increases the pathos inherent to the existing game. But on the other, well, sometimes I just want a glorious adventure, you know?

Either way, I think this is a wonderful video and a tribute to Nintendo’s creativity.

Hope to see you again soon — I’ll try to get back into the posting groove, if possible.

Thanks for reading.

1 Comment

  1. “Purgatory” doesn’t feel like the right word to describe a game created in Asia. I did think, though, of yin and yang. “Majora’s Mask” is very yin. This game could be called the black side of the story. Why would the negative-Link be many people’s favorite Zelda (including me)? Creepy and wonderful, I guess.

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