Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2015 has come and gone in London. Many man tears were shed. The concert’s mix of big-screen montages of Zelda games and orchestral music melded so seamlessly that several times I forgot the orchestra were even there. What struck me during such forgetful moments was not so much the number of people at the concert – although the hall was jam-packed – but the sheer variety of people. I expected plenty of male teens, which there were, but there were also a surprising number of kids there with parents, and children-less adults, both male and female. And that set me off speculating about why the Zelda series is so popular with people worldwide, and how it has managed over the last 30 years to capture so many hearts and minds. Why is Zelda so good? What makes these games so timeless and universal in their appeal? Why are people so emotionally attached to the series, myself included? The video montages shown during the concert were really fascinating for what they chose to include – they tried, and succeeded in my opinion, in showcasing what makes Zelda so special and memorable as a series. Continue reading
Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses 2015 tour. The Master Quest, they say. There’ve been some shows already this year but there are many shows coming soon to various places so check out the schedule! It’s a bigger tour than previous years, so this time Canada, Europe and the US are all well served. I’ll be there, at Wembley Arena on the 17th of April any rate. Tickets are on the pricey side but hey, it’s Zelda. Performed by an orchestra. Here’s the 2013 show, in full. (Not watched it and not going to.)
I’m not concerned about the quality of the music so much as the experience itself… I don’t know what to expect – I’ve never been to a gaming convention, never cosplayed, and I typically shy away from large gatherings of game-players. I’m prejudiced, definitely, and the nerdiest of nerds because I even shun my own kind.
The only cosplay I would do is of Navi. Not in costume, mind you, just in spirit. “Hey! Listen!” To see what I mean you only have to check out this little guy channeling Navi like crazy.