OK, folks, it's time for another rant. The obvious choice would be all those laws concerning the Internet, but I have nothing to say that hasn't already been said. So, instead, I present you with a different complaint I've been dealing with of late: chronological confusion in video games.
Let me start at the beginning. I have a buddy who is a major Legend of Zelda fanboy; nice guy, but has an unhealthy obsession with the series. He, like many other hardcore LoZ fans, has developed his own timeline for the series, since there isn't exactly a concrete one. Recently, I engaged in a discussion about his timeline (I didn't have much to add, though, having played only four games in the series). This quickly expanded into a much larger discussion about video game timelines in general.
Take for example the Pokemon series. I've recently started playing Black version (the official DS version, not the earlier hack). After playing for only a few minutes, I realized how much of a victim this series is to the chronological confusion. Does this game take place in the future? The past? Is it contemporary? There are sub-games in the series (i.e. Pokemon Snap, Pokemon Colosseum, etc.) that don't seem to fit. Then, you have the re-releases of Gold and Silver: older games which at the time of their initial release were definitely the second game. But now, with the re-release, the games included elements from generations three and four. Where does that fit in? If there's any hardcore Pokemon fans out there, feel free to help me out.
Then I realized: most of the games I have a problem with are Nintendo games. Heck, while we're on it, how does Mario's timeline work? His games seem almost interchangeable! Even games like Metroid that are supposed to have much more concrete timelines have issues (in Super Metroid, Zebes was destroyed. In Metroid Prime, it has inexplicably returned. Again, hardcore fans, feel free to correct me).Â
To make matters worse, Nintendo has their Super Smash Bros. series, which features a massive crossover among random characters from their franchises. Do the characters all exist in the same time?!? That can't be; how could you have Link from Twilight Princess and Link from Wind Waker together? To confuse matters further, Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake appear in Super Smash Bros. Brawl. How does that work out? Not to mention, the Mario and Sonic at the Olympic Games series which combines two characters, previously thought to have existed in different worlds and places them both in modern-day earth.
Ugh. I could go on forever, but I try to keep this thing short. Feel free to add folks. IRRITATION THURSDAY!!!