Ocarina of Time – A Masterclass in Subtext

Hey! Listen! Take 30 minutes to immerse yourself in this erudite and beautifully executed documentary piece about one of the most beloved video games of all time. Javed L Sterritt and Satchell Drake elucidate how Ocarina of Time’s dialogue, locations, characters, architecture, mechanics and sound design introduce themes of sadness and healing, adventure, growing up and sacrifice. An exploration of the influence of Shinto religion on Zelda creator Shigeru Miyamoto brings into focus the game’s themes of connection between creature and creation, purifying and restoring the balance of nature, and the battle between natural forces and human endeavour and empire.

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