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The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy: I Link Therefore I Am [NOOK Book]

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With both young and adult gamers as loyal fans, The Legend of Zelda is one of the most beloved video game series ever created. The contributors to this volume consider the following questions and more: What is the nature of the gamer’s connection to Link? Does Link have a will, or do gamers project their wills onto him? How does the gamer experience the game? Do the rules of logic apply in the game world? How is space created and distributed in Hyrule (the fictional land in which the game takes place)? How does ...
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Overview


With both young and adult gamers as loyal fans, The Legend of Zelda is one of the most beloved video game series ever created. The contributors to this volume consider the following questions and more: What is the nature of the gamer’s connection to Link? Does Link have a will, or do gamers project their wills onto him? How does the gamer experience the game? Do the rules of logic apply in the game world? How is space created and distributed in Hyrule (the fictional land in which the game takes place)? How does time function? Is Zelda art? Can Hyrule be seen as an ideal society? Can the game be enjoyable without winning? The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy not only appeals to Zelda fans and philosophers but also puts video games on the philosophical map as a serious area of study.
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Editorial Reviews

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If you're a Zelda theorist, chances are you already have this book or plan to run out and buy it. If you're just dipping your feet into Zelda at a higher level of thought, The Legend of Zelda and Philosophy offers a great starting point with interesting insights into both Zelda and gaming as a whole.... A true Zelda fan shouldn't be without it. - ZeldaUniverse.net, March 27, 2009
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812696912
  • Publisher: Open Court Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Series: Popular Culture and Philosophy
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 386,320
  • File size: 976 KB

Meet the Author


Luke Cuddy is an Adjunct Philosophy Professor at Southwestern College.
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Table of Contents


Setting Up the Game Luke Cuddy Cuddy, Luke Level 1 Emotion, Experience, and Thought 1
1 Why Do We Care Whether Link Saves the Princess? Jonathan Frome Frome, Jonathan 3
2 Look Before You Warp Douglas Wilson Wilson, Douglas 17
3 Legend and Logic: Critical Thinking in the Gaming and Real Worlds Robert Arp Arp, Robert Dennis Milarker Milarker, Dennis 29 Level 2 Dodongo and Death 43
4 Link's Search for Meaning Toni Fellela Fellela, Toni 45
5 The Hero with a Thousand Hearts: Death in Zelda Anna B. Janssen Janssen, Anna B. 55 Level 3 Don't Get Manhandled by Manhandla - or ... Mind-Handled? 63
6 Slave Morality and Master Swords: Ludus and Paidia in Zelda Kristina Drzaic Drzaic, Kristina Peter Rauch Rauch, Peter 65
7 Shape Shifting and Time Traveling: Link's Identity Issues Rachel Robison Robison, Rachel 75 Level 4 The CDi Games Don't Count! Timelines and Miyamoto 83
8 The Hero of Timelines Sean C. Duncan Duncan, Sean C. James Paul Gee Gee, James Paul 85
9 Linking to the Past: Zelda Is a Communication Game Carl Matthew Johnson Johnson, Carl Matthew 103 Level 5 Time and Space in Hyrule 119
10 Three Days in Termina: Zelda and Temporality Lee Sherlock Sherlock, Lee 121
11 Constructing NESpace in Zelda Joaquin Siabra-Fraile Siabra-Fraile, Joaquin 133 Level 6 Treasures of the Hyrulopolis 151
12 Zelda as Art Luke Cuddy Cuddy, Luke 153
13 Hyrule's Green and Pleasant Land: The Minish Cap as Utopian Ideal Paul Brown Brown, Paul 165 Level 7 You Are Nearing the End of Your Quest ... Grumble, Grumble ... 177
14 I Am Link's Transcendental Will: Freedom from Hyrule to Earth Dario S. Compagno Compagno, Dario S. 179
15 ZeldathustraMichael Bruce Bruce, Michael 191 Level 8 The Triforce - Need I Say More? 201
16 A Link to The Triforce: Miyamoto, Lacan, and You Patrick Dugan Dugan, Patrick 203
17 The Triforce and the Doctrine of the Mean Charles Joshua Horn Horn, Charles Joshua 211 Level 9 Don't Patra-nize Me! 221
18 How Can There Be Evil in Hyrule? Dwayne Collins Collins, Dwayne 223
19 The Legend of Feminism Joyce C. Havstad Havstad, Joyce C. Iris M. Jahng Jahng, Iris M. 233 It's a Secret to Everybody 245
20 Getting to Know the World Next Door Roger Ngim Ngim, Roger 247 Heroes of Hyrule 251 Index 257
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    PERFECTION!!!!!! (Almost)

    This book fits with me like a puzzle piece! HOWEVER, the authour actually got the name Outset Island WRONG, and called it OutCAST Island! Does he have any idea how that makes me feel? FURIOUS! OUTRAGED! SICK WITH ANGER!!!

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    It's Dangerous to go Alone! Take This!

    As a lifelong fan of any and all things Zelda, this book was a perfect companion for me. The author really digs deep into our perspective of Zelda and makes us think.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 28, 2010

    great

    this is a cool book and very good for zelda

    9 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Anonymous

    I love all of the Zelda games! Best game series EVER!!!!! :D

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Best philisophy book.

    It has extordanary philosiphy explaining the triforce and the land of Hyrule.Recomended for both gamers and thinkers.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Zelda to a whole new level!

    Ive loved the Legend of Zelda for a long time, and I was super excited when I learned I could take the adventure with me! I love to read, and I love video games, so this is the best thing to read if your anything like me

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    Just read the sample

    Though at first I thought it odd to compare a game with the work of Socrates, I realized that at the end of the eighteen pages, that games need to be looked at with a philosophical eye. It give games more credibility, and not to mention, is fun reading for those gamers who either remember the games being discussed, like/don't mind reading, or both (like me). I will definitely be buying this book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Zelda+book+people who make sense=THE BEST BOOK EVER! Not even Ganon could complain about it

    This book was the best way I've heard anything about Zelda be printed and made sense. When I first got it, i held it up, and played DO DO DO DOOOOOOOO !! And started reading imediatly. It made wayyy more sense then any guide book or a wanna be writer could ever do. Ever.
    Now, if they could only do one on nintendologic...

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2012

    LEGEND OF ZELDA

    IT'S A SECRET TO EVERYBODY. DODONGO DISLIKES SMOKE. IT'S DANGEROUS TO GO ALONE.TAKE THIS. MASTER USING IT SO YOU CAN HAVE THIS. EASTMOST PENINSULA IS THE SECRET. DIGDOGGER DISLIKES CERTAIN KIND OF SOUND.

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2013

    ZELDA

    I am a big zelda fan and i want to check this book out. I recomend zelda games for readers (of course if you have a nook i guese you are a reader) and for young gamers

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2012

    Link

    I really like all the game but i really like skyward sword

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    I prefered twilight princess becaus the land...

    Was just so much bigger#! Graphics way more amazing and there more possibliltys

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2012

    Ohhhhhh

    I can't wait to get this. I only own two games(twilight princess and Swyward sword) but I love love love these games. Ofcourse, I am one $ under. Can't wait for more money to buy this

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted February 24, 2012

    Hey, Warriors.

    Warrior cat fans, do you guys realize that people dont want to see you roleplay? There are roleplay sites you can use for roleplaying. As much as I love Warrior Cat roleplaying, I dont roleplay on the comments of BOOKS. Kthnxbai.

    3 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Da da da da da

    Great book if your a thinker

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    False name

    HE CALLED THE TUNICS COATS!!! I'M SO ANGRY!!! Besides that it's a good book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 10, 2013

    in response to the review complaining that they called it outset

    in response to the review complaining that they called it outset island instead of outcast island, it actually is outset island. Just straightening that out

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    I want to read this

    Im sorry your depressed dude

    2 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Zelda!!!!

    Is an awesome game!

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