Being a child of the 80s/90s I suffer pretty badly from nostalgia and rose-tinted glasses. Almost everything triggers it including those amazing retro games. Once I fancy playing an old game I can’t get it out of my head until I’ve done it and this happened recently with my favourite game of all time. So, should you stream The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time?
I have this issue where, whenever a thing I LOVED as a child or teenager comes up it immediately becomes a “OMG that was amazing when I was a kid” kinda thing; whether it’s films, TV, games or music. It was THE BEST and everyone has to experience it. Now, most of the time it really was the best but now and again the rose-tinted glasses come off and I realise that no, it really wasn’t.
After experiencing it as an adult I’m left with an emptiness, like I’ve been dunked in a vat of disappointment and ask myself why I even enjoyed it to begin with. This tends to happen with movies more than anything else so after my recent streaming play through of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time I was left asking myself if streaming it was a good idea?
Should I Stream – The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time
The answer to this is basically, it depends! I think there are only three reasons you should stream The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and if you don’t fall under these categories then no, you really shouldn’t.
Are you speed running it?
If you’re a speed runner then yes, you certainly should. People enjoy watching streamers get through these kinds of games as quickly as possible as well as seeing what glitches are in the game. I mean, I personally hate seeing these games broken and abused but it does make for a great bit of entertainment. As well as the fact, most speed runners will be done with the game after one stream before moving on to the next.
Are you a retro gamer?
If the only games you stream are retro games then yes, it is good to stream. Your viewer base will be made up of people who are happy to sit and watch you play through a game they’ve watched a million times because that’s what they enjoy. It is what is expected of you and your channel.
Is it your first time playing it?
If you’ve never played the game before then yes, stream it and enjoy its beauty. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is a gaming classic that everyone should enjoy.
But, why shouldn’t you stream it if you’ve played it before? Well, if you know the game then you tend to rush it because you know where to go and what to do. There is no mystery in the game and I find that you tend to miss so much content because you’re focused on getting to the end. My recent playthrough proved this when I didn’t do half of the exploring I should have done because I was so focused on getting to Ganondorf.
The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time Is Still My Favourite
That said, it’s still my favourite game, I loved playing it but it wasn’t all that interesting for my viewers because I knew what, when, how and where to go. Skipping dialogue because I knew what I had to do, ignoring the side quests and the collecting of hearts/Poes/Skulltulas.
Virtual Wombat asked me if I was suffering from rose-tinted glasses with my love for this game and I can honestly say, No! I love the game as much as I have always done but it wasn’t the right game to stream because I’d completed it so many times before.
Do you agree? Is there a game you think similarly of? Have you played through an old game to wonder why you even liked it in the first place?
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