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Celebrating Sonic and Link — the great video game icons

Texas A&M gamer cheers to two of the world's greatest video games

Published: Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 21:07

 

People celebrate the anniversaries of birthdays, weddings and historical events, but today we come together to celebrate the anniversary of two of gaming's greatest icons — Sonic and Link.

The Greats

2011 is the 20th anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog and the 25th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda . For any gamer from the mid 90s and before, these games have been a part of our lives while literally growing up with them. They hold a special place in our hearts, and in November both of these series will release their anniversary games with great anticipation.

You're too slow!!

In 1991 the original Sonic the Hedgehog was released on the SEGA Genesis. Anyone can tell you that the 16-bit speedster brought a new adrenaline rush to gaming that could go toe-to-toe with the world's most famous plumber.

Sonic continued with a long line of 2D games from Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Sonic and Knuckles to Sonic CD. Sonic transition to 3D started off with two good games, Sonic Adventure 1 & 2, but every game following was disappointing for fans and critics.

Good ol' fashion platforming with high speeds and loops made Sonic awesome. For me, Sonic will always have a special place in my heart because Sonic the Hedgehog 2 was my very first game. Even through his ups and downs in the industry. 

With each new edition, fans never give up hope. Now with the 20th anniversary game finally being released, Sonic Generations, fan sentiment is higher than ever. The game takes levels and themes from almost every Sonic game of the past and looks to be the fastest and biggest thing the blue blur has ever done.

Sonic you have been in my life since 1994, God's speed …

It's dangerous to go alone! Take this.

In 1986 a young Hyrulian boy, cloaked in green, entered a cave to meet an old man who gave him a sword. All he knew was that the land was in trouble, a princess who could make it better was captured, and that three golden triangles called the Triforce were needed to save it all.

25 years later people still dress young boys in green with hopes that maybe they will be the boy with the fairy, the one who can control the winds, or the one with the COURAGE to fear no evil — not even Ganon.

The Legend of Zelda series can best be described as a masterpiece. The true power of the series is that you don't feel like Link saving Hyrule, you feel like YOU saving Hyrule. It engulfs players into its vast worlds and leaves you with a feeling of awe and respect every time you set foot in a new temple or land.

This is one of the biggest anniversaries in video game history (only second to Mario) for every one who has put on a Green cap and Kokiri boots and embarked on epic journeys for countless hours to save Princess Zelda — who sometimes saves you — and the world arm with the Master Sword.

The Legend of Zelda has inspired symphonies and artists across the world with its great imagination and certainty come Nov. 20 we will once again find our inner courage and take on the Skyward Sword.

More than just a game.

These games were born with a generation and they have grown with them as well. As this year finishes it's time that we all pay them the respect the two gaming series have fostered over the decades.

O'Dell Harmon is a senior agricultural communication & journalism major, but don't let the agriculture in his major name fool you. He is an avid gamer who knows the ins and outs of all things electronic.

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