Monday, 25 January 2010

Gamespotting 040 - Stephen Fry ARG and Link meets Gene Hunt

Well; it is nearly here and I am looking forward to it; the next semester of my university course and as it is the last; I am going to ensure that everything goes OK and I have a blast, but in the meantime. I have been playing some games and also listening to some free audiobooks that I got from (Free Book upon registration).

One of these was The Dongle of Donald Trefusis by Stephen Fry which is a continuing Radio series by the great Mr Fry which revolves around acquiring a mysterious USB Drive from his late Cambridge Professor which when mounting the device on his Macbook finds a large amount of files which starts a mysterious Treasure Hunt; but upon listening to the second episode starts the listener to launch up their respected Web Browser and start following both weblinks and twitter feeds alike to find clues to the next part of the story. Upon listening to this; I hopped onto my laptop and found myself embroiled into this Alternative Reality Game which at the moment has got me researching pieces of fine art in order to find a clue to the next part of the story.

Now not being an expert of Alternative Reality Games; but being aware of them and such examples as Perplex City and I Love Bees; it rearly surprised me when sitting in my gaming chair that I was following in the same steps as Mr Fry as he looks into the mystery of this Dongle and going into the third part of the series, I am looking forward to where it will take me next.

Link Meets Gene Hunt at Khoolint Island

Apart from listening to these Audiobooks and Podcasts; I have found a long lost friend of mine which has been with me for a long time; my Game Boy. Still in its tatty goodness and with its dislodged B Button still needing that small poke in order to work; it brought so many memories back to me with the likes of Kirby's Dream Land, Metroid 2: Return of Samus, Super Mario Land 1 and 2 and most important; Pokemon Blue edition which I have completed several times over and probably know like the back of my hand.

But already in the drive of My Game Boy was the classic title and one of my favourite game boy games which was Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening now being the first Zelda Game I ever played and I still think is better than most Zelda Games so it does hold a dear place in my heart. But the save file was still working so I decided to give this gem another blast. Link was in the middle of animal village just after the 3rd Dungeon and going into the 4th and 5th; I still had to aquire my Hookshot but I decided to blast through the game and now I am on the second to last part of the game and it has still not lost its charm; but one thing did spring to mind.

When the game is booted up; the player is shown a video clip which shows Link coming back from overseas and in the middle of a lighting storm; his ship gets struck by Lightning and then the player is took to a shore side of an island where an unconscious Link is being awaken by a mysterious women. Upon playing the game even further; you find that the entire island is a Dream created by Link's concious mind when he is knocked out unconscious by a bolt of lighting and when he awakes; the island and all its inhabitants will dissapear forever. But this instantly brought to mind of one of my favourite TV series; Life on Mars which follows a similar storyline to that of Link's awakening which bring me to the conclusion; was this game the true inspiration of Life On Mars and Ashes to Ashes. Only Link or Gene Hunt could tell us the answer.

I have to once again apologise for the absence of entrys on my Blog; but as you can see it has been hectic within my life at the moment and I have not rearly had a moment; but as it is the 1 Year Anniversary of my Blog I will ensure that I will get something special to write about for that entry.