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Zelda-ween: Unexpected scares are unexpected

Though Halloween has passed, our Zelda-ween celebration isn’t over, as I’m offering up the final post on our final topic: unintentionally spooky moments. If you’ve not already caught Hatm0nster’s and The Duck excellent posts this week, you should…because they are excellent!  As we’ve already discussed, the Zelda series offers up much more than simple adventures involving a hero and a heroine. In fact, Link’s travels are fraught with peril. And as beautiful as the games are in story and design, they readily showcase the scary, the nightmarish, and the things that go bump in the night. But these spooky highlights are meant to be spooky. The ReDeads are meant to frighten. The Arbiter’s Grounds is meant to be a challenging and scary place. The unflinchingly unanswered question of “who or what is Majora?” is meant to leave us in the lurch. But what about those moments, those characters, those sections of the games that don’t seem like they’re supposed to be scary, but they become so because of what we infer from or impose upon them? Here are a few of my intentional picks for unintentional scares in the Zelda games.


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