I don’t usually speak in front of large crowds, but when I do, I talk about video games from my childhood.

A few years ago, my brother was getting married, and he asked me to be his best man. I quickly said yes and started brainstorming my masterpiece. The only problem was that I immediately got writer’s block. I didn’t want to say anything embarrassing or puerile, because while that may be great for film and tv, it’s not great for real life. I’d like to remain on speaking terms with the guy, you know?

Instead, I focused on what brought us together throughout our lives: video games. I constructed my speech around this central pillar and I finally had something to say. He was my best friend growing up and we got through a lot together. Case in point: The Legend of Zelda: A Link To The Past.

The author trying not to implode from stage fright.

The week the game came out, he and I both got chicken pox, and we needed a way to keep ourselves busy (to scratch an itch as it were). Thanks to the power of the Triforce, we succeeded in solving every dungeon, beating every boss, and annoying the heck out of mom with the incessant playing of the theme song. (Sorry, mom.) We tackled this challenge together in a way that only starry-eyed best friends could, and in the end, we developed better communication skills and trust between each other. I mean, I wouldnt give control of my Link to some rando of the street. Zelda is serious business.

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That’s the beauty of games: it can bring out the best in you. It can take a lot of cooperation to succeed in them, and together, we made it work. I knew that he would bring that kind of caring and sharing attitude to his marriage, and I wanted to communicate that to everyone. My brother was my best friend as a kid, and he was going to be his wife’s best friend for the rest of their lives. With a little help from the triforce of courage, I was able to send that message to him and my now-sister-in-law.