I wouldn’t consider myself a gamer. Mostly because I don’t play video games very often. But when I do play, I play hard – until the game is over. Last Tuesday, I started the newest game in Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise: Breath of the Wild. This game is going to take some time. So today I thought I’d share a few thoughts on this game to maybe help my fellow NextGen leaders not miss out on what’s going on.
There are no game spoilers ahead so feel free to read on.
– It’s BIG.
Breath of the Wild is Zelda’s first true open-world game. It’s not the first game in the genre, but it is a first one for Nintendo. All previous Zelda games were linear. That is, there were tasks that had to be completed in a particular order to defeat the main antagonist and complete the game. This time around, everything is open and available to Link (the game’s main character). This makes exploration of the game a much larger part of the experience than before.
Not only is it open-world, but the world is massive. It is almost 15 times larger than the older Zelda game, Twilight Princess. And to add to all of that, Nintendo will be releasing 2 DLC updates later this year that will expand the game in untold ways that players can only really guess at.
– It’s Immersive.
Because of the sheer size of the game and Link’s ability to explore every inch of it, you get sucked into this game hard. Hours pass by like minutes. This might be a good time to talk to your students about healthy gaming, taking breaks, and not shirking responsibilities in the pursuit of fun.
– It’s An Opportunity.
As NextGen ministers we should always be looking for ways to get into our kids lives. Nothing blows a kid’s mind like when an adult can beat the Need for Speed race they’ve been stuck on for them. Or when the pastor can tell them how to get a piece of gear that they need in Breath of the Wild. I’ve spent a ton of time discussing this game with kids over the past 2 years as news about it leaked. These are relationship-building discussions that pave the way for more life-changing conversations.
– It’s Fun.
I may not consider myself to be a gamer, but I am a Zelda fan. I have been looking forward to this game for 5+ years and Nintendo did not disappoint. This game has had my heart racing from the opening sequence until now. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Link as he continues to explore the land of Hyrule in his harrowing attempt to save his world from Calamity.
What types of games and activities do you use to connect with your students? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas in the comment’s section. Seriously! We’re all in this together.