'Shop Contest: Ocarina Appreciation Station

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This week we celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda: The Ocarina of Time, so now we’re going to continue that birthday party with ‘shops.


I don’t have much love in my heart for The Ocarina of Time. I was a PlayStation person at the time, and I just missed out on many years of Zelda experiences. That said, just like a rival football team, ya gotta respect what they’re doing over there at Nintendo. A game where you convince kids that playing a tiny, goofy flute is cool? That’s a game design accomplishment in itself.

But more seriously, The Legend of Zelda as a franchise has had a huge impact on the world of video games, and the foray into 3D represented by The Ocarina of Time was a big jump into the world of games that we’re familiar with today. Big ups to the team.

For the ‘Shop Contest this week, we’re just appreciating The Ocarina of Time. We’re all about putting link in positions of power, of honor, and in fantastical birthday parties. Really let your Zelda love out here.

To help you on your journey, here’s a .PNG of the Link that Heather Alexandra included in her excellent retrospective from earlier this week:

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If you’re really itching for more volume, I’d suggest checking out the game’s Mobygames page for a plenitude of screenshots.

So celebrate The Ocarina of Time as hard as you can, and next week I’ll choose a winner and some honorable mentions! As always, good luck, and the rest of the rules are below:

Please note that the image submissions rules have changed just a little bit. We’re looking for images that are 800 pixels wide now!

How To Submit — Instructions

1. Create your ‘Shop and save it to your desktop. Images must be at least 800 pixels wide.

2. Go to the bottom of this post

3. This brings up a comment window. Click “Choose file” if you’re uploading your ‘shop from your desktop

4. Alternatively, you can upload the ‘Shop to a free image hosting service. I suggest imgur. Then paste the image’s URL into the field that says “Image URL.” Note: this must be the URL of the image itself, not the page where it is displayed. That means the URL ends in .jpg, .gif, .png, whatever.

5. Add editorial commentary and hit submit and your image will load. If it doesn’t, upload the image to imgur and paste the image URL as a comment. I will look at it.

6. Large-size images may not upload properly, though we have seen some animated .gifs upwards of 5 MB. If you’re still having trouble uploading the image, try to keep its longest dimension (horizontal or vertical) under 1000 pixels, or the whole thing under 2 MB.

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