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Zelda and the Art of Side Quests


"Lacy also uses the example of Monty Python and the Holy Grail, if you haven't watched it, stop listening and go watch." In this episode, I will discuss side quests in two Zelda games and side quests in some of the medieval romances. Sources mentioned in the episode. Howard, Jeff. 2008. Quests: Design, Theory, and History in Games and Narratives. 1st edition. A K Peters/CRC Press. Lacy, Norris J. 2000. “From Medieval to Post-Modern: The Arthurian Quest in France.” South Atlantic Review 65 (2): 114–33. https://doi.org/10.2307/3201814.



A trial shrine in Breath of the Wild




A howling stone from Twilight Princess


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