The Best of Kotaku, This WeekS

Welcome to the Best of Kotaku, where I round up all of this week's best content.

This week's best image is a "digital" graffiti found in Bologna, Italy, by Andrea Vannini. Thanks to Copiously Geeky for the find.

Moving on to our Best Of content this week, we kick things off as usual with a comment from the community.


The Best Comment From The Community

Our favorite comment of this week comes to you from rtanger with a caution against formulaic games:

Zelda games are handicapped repeatedly by a checklist of its own self-contained tropes that the designers apparently must fulfill for it to qualify as a Zelda game. I have loved the games in the past, LttP & OoT especially, but over the years they've worn thin because each feels more like a set of the same conditions that must be met each game, each dressed in a slightly different skin. It's collecting the same basic items from the same basic dungeon themes in a slightly different order, with the same story contrivances painted slightly differently.

Even the ones that dare to be different, like Link's Awakening or Wind Waker fall into many of the same traps.

Over the years, the formula's worn thin. Because it's exactly that.

A formula.

I really do think it speaks volumes that even people behind the series are frustrated with it. This graphic novel idea sounds interesting. May be something I would consider picking up if the art grabs me.


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