Link: Two Faces of Evil and Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon: Understanding the Two “Best Worst Video Games”

It is one thing to hate a video game because it is bad, and another thing to love a video game for the same reason. While there are countless bad video games in the market, there are video games that are “so bad, it’s good.” In the best worst games category, the two Zelda games from the Philips CDi console fit the bill.

One has to ask first: why was the Zelda franchise in a Philips CDi console? That’s because Nintendo allowed Philips to create a Zelda game for their Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) console. Instead, Philips created its own console and with Nintendo’s permission to use the Zelda franchise, Philips made two disappointing Zelda games.

In Link: Two Faces of Evil, you play as Link, and you are summoned to destroy the evil boss named Ganon. In Zelda: The Wand of Gamelon, you actually play as the Princess Zelda who travels to Gamelon in order to rescue her father, who went missing during his voyage to Gamelon to aid a friend. Both Zelda games are side-scrolling platformer games, as Link or Zelda travels to vanquish the many monsters using swords, fireballs, snowballs and other weapons. There are also non-playable characters along the way, who aid you by either selling useful items or giving you enchanted tools and equipment.

Regardless of which Zelda game you play, both of them were equally terrible due to a number of reasons. First of all, the game controls are very awkward as you need to perform a combination of buttons to bring up the status screen, to pause the game or to use an item. The game’s graphics are inconsistent as there are invisible barriers, as well as invisible platforms to land on top of. Even collecting items such as rubies are pain-staking, as you need to hit them with your sword to collect them. Even worse, some dungeons are pitch-black and you need to constantly bring up a lantern to light them, which only illuminates the room for a few seconds.

The worst part of these Zelda games – which ironically becomes the games’ best part – is the cartoonish cut-scenes and hilarious voice dialogues. The characters’ voices are hilariously awful, with the biggest offense coming from Link who sounds more of an annoying teenager than a mature hero. Also, the cinematic cut-scenes are a complete mess: the characters are either twisted or laughable, the animations are crude, and the dialogues are poorly-written. One of the most memorable cut-scenes is where Zelda vanquishes an evil wizard. As the wizard disintegrates to liquid, he cries out, “You’ve killed me!” – Zelda nonchalantly says, “Good!”

Even if gamers can’t deny that these Zelda games are some of the worst games of all time, the awful cut-scenes gained a cult following among Zelda fans. Thanks to a series of YouTube videos that mash together scenes and lines of the dialogues, the Zelda games will be remembered by many gamers – even if it’s all for the wrong reasons.

Author: Doug Rutkowski

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What is a Bitcoin?

In the modern age, humans have evolved in various ways. The once primitive society is now a fully grown industrialized world. As time pass, humans develop more and more ways to use these technologies to improve mankind’s life. To solve humanity’s case of the hassle of bringing a huge sum of money on a physical wallet, Bitcoin, a virtual currency, was created.

Bitcoin is described as the first decentralized digital currency, and is used by more than 100,000 people all over the world. This is a form of digital currency that users can send over the internet. Users are able to shop, spend, eat, or even pay bills, even without the presence of a physical wallet. Through Bitcoins, it becomes easier to buy that collector’s item in eBay, or deliver a pizza at Domino’s, or even claim that long-awaited program by Microsoft. There are thousands of retail stores all over the world that accept bitcoins as payment methods, mainly because it is as easy as sending an email to a friend. As time passes, these stores are gradually increasing due to its flexibility in design and coinage system.

Bitcoin is Peer-to-Peer

The network is made up of various users that use Bitcoins are the medium of exchange for thousands of goods and services. The system is created as “peer-to-peer”, meaning that computer users can transact directly, even without the use of an intermediary for both parties. Transactions are recorded in the network via a public ledger called the ‘block chain’, just in case either party would want to review it. This also means that the fees would be much lower for both sender and receiver, compared to transacting using a bank account or a financial institution. Since these are virtual coins, users are able to send and receive them all over the world in very little time. Just like how an email is sent in a blink of an eye, Bitcoins are also sent in the same speed to anyone all over the world.

Bitcoin as Open Source Software

Bitcoin is open-source software that is free for public manipulation. It is a type of software that users can freely review or modify to improve its system features. It contains a ‘source code’ which users can use to manipulate to change how a certain application works. In simple terms, this is the code used to create the whole program, and can be checked and modified by various computer users. This is so the system would be enhanced, not just by its creators, but also by using the creative minds of the public.

The creation of such a system is for the advancement of mankind. Now, there is no need to bring your hundreds of dollars on your pocket, just to be able to buy that dazzling dress you wanted. Through the widely accepted medium of exchange called Bitcoins, trading becomes easier, faster, and hassle-free. Life becomes easier if you have your money in your hands, minus all that hassle in putting them in your purse or your bank account.

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