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Today I want to talk about one thing that I’ve been doing for the past two months. To some of you who know me a little bit better you might know what my latest obsession is: playing The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past. After Breath of the Wild I was left itching to play a game that would give me that sense of adventure that the latest entry in the series is famous for. I could have gone for a game like Fallout or Skyrim, but to be honest, I didn’t feel like starting a new game with a new universe, new controls, etc.

I wanted to play something familiar yet different, so I went back to Breath of the Wild but this time playing in Master mode and deliberately doing things in a very specific way: No Champion’s spells, 13 hearts, I rarely used the map to mark things and never used waypoints and to make things a little bit more adventurous during my first half of the adventure I never fast-traveled.

While I had fun revisiting the Hyrule wasteland... it was not enough. I was too familiar with the set pieces and certain areas of the map. I knew where to find the weapons that would help me deal with the stronger enemies and how to avoid certain enemies. In short, I had too much freedom, I needed more structure.

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Enter The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Randomizer, an effort by a whole bunch of ALttP speedrunners who were a little too tired about the standard game. Item, keys, dungeons, and even enemies can be shuffled to create a whole new game. And so here I am, two months later still playing religiously ALttP.

I could try and explain why it’s so amazing, but there aren’t enough words to express the first time you understand the logic of the game and start figuring out the puzzle.

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Oh and you can play as Tingle... or a Cactuar... or Toad...

Today’s questions are brought you by that 40 year-old guy who still dreams to become a fairy:

  • Which game you find yourself revisiting over and over again?
  • Is Ganon a pig or a Boar?
  • Will Tingle ever become a fairy? Why or why not?
  • What’s for eats TAY?

Today’s jam has not relationship with the topic:

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