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Day 27! We’re close to finishing our first-ever Video Game Challenge! Our topic today is totally awesome.
Day 27: What video game scene is the most epic?
See, the word “epic” here can be a little misleading. The word “epic” is commonly used now to denote something that is “really cool.” It’s taken the place of the word “awesome” in that regard, which is funny because “awesome” originally meant impressive or awe-inspiring, but now informally means something that’s excellent or, you guessed it, “really cool.”
But originally, the word “epic” was meant to describe something of tremendous length and depth. Reading (or producing) an epic poem was (and is) an extreme undertaking, and these sagas often were of legendary or heroic deeds.
So, instead of talking about a scene in a game that looked pretty cool, I started thinking about something in a game that was truly “epic.”
Of course, what could be more epic than a 30-year span of unique legends in the same universe?
For me, the most epic scene in a video game is one that, sadly, no one else has ever thought was all that special. In The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, Link eventually stumbles upon the Temple of Time and, via magic, opens a doorway to the way the now-ruined temple once looked. When Link opens the door, the player is able to see both what is and what was at the same time, hearkening back in a very real and observable way to all the stories that came before it.
I remember sitting there with my mouth open, before Link ran around in the temple like a complete fool as I tried to map Ocarina of Time‘s Temple of Time onto this one’s floor plan. Considering Link’s heroic deeds, remembered in legend after legend, this visual representation of a door to past stories and past lives is one of the most epic scenes I’ve come across in a game.
What about you? What epic scenes have you experienced? It doesn’t have to be “epic” like the definition I used 🙂 Let me know in the comments!
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