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Count It Down With Hiei

Posted: January 25, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in The Countdowns
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HELLO AND WELCOME! Too another countdown.  Where I list the things I love and hate about things I love to do.  Today we will be counting down the best dungeons in The Legend of Zelda series.  The rules for this are simple there will be no repeats of games and I will not be including games from Zelda I have not personally played (Skyward Sword, Breathe of the Wild, The Oracle Series, That train Zelda game….)  SO lets go.

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10.  When you think of Zelda many games jump out at you no matter what age you are.  But when it comes to a dungeon nothing is more iconic than The first dungeon in the Original Legend of Zelda on the NES.  This was the first time any of us got to experience the level of difficulty that this game could impose as a young gamer trying to tame that first boss it was mystical and jaw dropping when you finally beat it….. Than your elder sibling beat it in like two seconds….

9.  Not many people think of Zelda and think of the hand held games.  But for me in The Legend of Zelda Link’s awakening The Eagle’s Tower was my favorite.  Running through the various levels of the tower using a massive Cannon ball to knock the tower lower.  Using every trick and skill you possess to reach the goal….. Ahh it was fun.

8.  A crash of thunder awakens you, it is raining outside and a note from your father is awaiting for you that he has gone to castle.  Without hesitation you  find your way to the castle and you see you can’t get in.  So you sneak around to the side and down a hole into the Dungeons of the castle where you find your father wounded….. It is than he tells you to save the Princess.  He gives you your sword and it is off to find Zelda.  The opening to A link to the past has always been one of my favorite games and it’s opening dungeon crawl was always part of the story I loved best.

7.  The Stone Tower in Majora’s mask has always been one of my favorite temples in the game.  That is until after i picked the game back up from Rage quiting the water temple in that same game….GAH any way.  This is to my knowledge the first time you can physically effect the level in Zelda by turning it upside down.  The puzzles were challenging and the music was erie and beautiful at the same time….. and it made you think…Is Link really dead?  Let us not forget the boss fight using the Giants Mask and turning link huge.

6.  The Final Dungeon in Link (Zelda 2) yes yes the boss was unrelentingly cheap and worth of making you want to throw your system at the wall.  But it was also a test of your skill and endurance and fighting off the beasts to reach your ultimate goal…. and once you beat Dark Link without a game Genie…. than you knew I AM THE KING…… and than Mike Tyson stood in your way…. wait a second.

5.  The four swords was fun it presented us with awesome new ways to solve puzzles, team up with friends and in the case of the cave of insights well it made things not only more fun and a lot easier to solve puzzles with friends. It gave us all your friends included an insight into the way this game was going to go down.

4.Much like the last entry.  Triforce Heros brought back the team up aspect and coupled it with new tricks and skills and new outfits which augment your skills.  All of these were fun to find ways to complete things in different manors and gave you new ways to play through the game as you liked.  But of all the Levels the Desert temple stands out in my mind the most as it gives us challenges that not only require you to have a good understanding of the game but it has you putting your team work skills to the test.

3.  The Tower of the gods in Wind Waker.  Plotting through this game you get a large ocean which in some cases you can see islands FAR in the distance, some you can not….. But when it comes to the Tower of the gods…… You can see it from EVERY Island.  It is the point in the game where you find the challenge rating going up,  It is also at this point in the game where you obtain the legendary master sword.

Before I get into the top 2 I need to point out that these were the two I had the most fun with and I couldn’t decide which was better.  But here we Go.

2.  The Arbiter’s Grounds:  This imposing dessert prison used in the past to house the most vile criminals hyrule has ever known.  You pick your way through and fight through challenges and avoiding the sand.  Till you achieve getting the dungeon main item.  The spinner.  The spinner can be used to traverse the sand, clim walls with tracks on it and spun to turn gears in the prison. Leading up to my personal all time favore boss the Stallord, Pin Ball out his spinal collum only to have to fight his head in a battle along the pillar and walls.  Grinding along like you were doing a multi-grind in Tony Hawk Pro-skater.  Timing your jumps right to hit down the head.  Oh man was that fun.

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Number 1.  The legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time revolutionized the action rpg gaming world.  with it’s beautiul 3d walking world.  Polished game play, MANY memorable Temples.  But none stick out more in my mind than The Forest Temple.  After you obtain the Master Sword and get transported 7 years into the future. You want to check in on your old friends using Sara’s Song you find no response.  So you go to your childhood home where you find she had went to teh forest temple.  Deep in The Lost Woods.  Once you get there you must find your way into the temple and than you are presented with eerie music that haunts you all through the temple even in the open air spots.  The whole feel of it makes you want to second guess finding your friend.  But you trek your way through and fight Phantom Ganondorf to rescue your friend who is a sage.

That concludes this edition of the Countdown.  Do you agree or do you have a different list I would love to read them.  Thanks for reading

Technology Will Change

Posted: January 19, 2017 by hieiyyh2 in Technology
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As you grow older things around you that you once thought would be forever fade and change and up grade.  Take for example this personal story from my everyday life.  Back in the 80’s we had these things called cassette tapes.  They were hard place hollow on the inside with a little brown or black ribbon on two reels.  On these brown or black ribbons you can listen to music or any other audio that was recorded on to them.  With scotch tape and a second tape player you record over the ribbon to create your own mixtapes.  Mixtapes were all the rage before the advent of the CD.  Once the 90’s came along Cassette tapes began to phase out when Compact Discs came along.  Compact Discs are still here in 2017 (the typing of this post).  They are the successor to the Record and the Laser Discs.  Much like Cassettes CDs are a medium in which to hear and view things recorded on them.  The point of this post is to tell you that the change can and will come.  Before Cassettes revolutionized personal audio you had 8 Tracks and before 8 Tracks you had Records and before Records you had Victrola Cylinders. As time marches on technology will grow.

Even in the video department of things.  You had Reel to Reel film that you had to place on huge protectors for home videos.  Than came the advent of Beta Max and VHS (VHS won because they had a better marketing than the BETA Max despite BETA Max having better quality video).  Once cassette base mediums were phased out by CD DVDs people began the switch to that.  With the prominence of DVD Compact disc technology got better and better to the point where we had war of products again.  I of course speak of the war between HD DVD and Blu-Ray.  Like the BETA Max before it.  HD DVD lost because marketing for Blu-Ray offered more ways to play it (Sony being the biggest part of the Blu-Ray win by making it standard on their Playstation 3 System).  Now as we begin the trudge into 2017 we see the Video market again taking a change.  The 4kHD while relatively new.  It is making headway in the markets.

With music despite sound quality we are moving away from physical mediums to listen to our favorite songs.  In it’s place you have files stored on your computers or mobile devices….or in more recent cases on a cloud storage unit.  Giving you access to not just your songs, but the millions of songs you can find on various websites that allow you to purchase music.  the same is holding true for video.

Even video games have come a long way from the days of Texas Instrument and Atari.  To quote Kumail Nanjiani “Videos games are the only medium of story telling I think that has improved along side the change of technology and gotten better.”  He is right.  As video games got graphically better the story telling of the games improved with it.  Because you could tell a more intricate story and develop it better than you can with say a movie or television.

So let us not fear change.  Let us embrace it.  Thank you