If you haven’t heard by now, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is an amazing game. You or someone you know has doubtlessly sunk countless of hours into the game in search of shrines and the fabled Master Sword. I have personally devoted 80 hours of my life to the game since it came out a month ago, while some of my buddies have more than doubled that playtime.
While I admit that some of us just need to cool it for a bit, I also understand that we gamers have a responsibility to rescue Princess Zelda from Calamity Ganon. So instead of trying to deter you from exploring the far reaches of Hyrule, here is a list of reasons why playing The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild can actually make you a better person. Just don’t call me an enabler.
You will become a great Wayfinder
When was the last time you had to figure out how to get somewhere? The reality is that we’ve become so reliant on GPS technology that most of us can’t imagine navigating anywhere without it. Breath of the Wild gives you a map and will even highlight a couple areas of interest for you, but it ultimately puts the onus on you to find your way around the world.
You’ll want to go outside again
Breath of the Wild has given me a true appreciation for the outdoors. While I don’t plan on going on a camping trip anytime soon, I find that I enjoy my time outside more. Whether it’s taking a jog through the park or walking along the beach, Breath of the Wild has reminded me that nature is beautiful. I’ve been making it a point to go outside more and enjoy what the real world has to offer…before I immediately jump back into the game.
You’ll become more resourceful
Oftentimes we are faced with trials in life that seem to only have one solution and outcome. If there’s anything I learned from Breath of the Wild, it’s that your creativity and critical thinking skills will be your greatest asset in taking on life’s challenges. Like a modern MacGyver, Breath of the Wild allows you to use whatever you have at your disposal to clear obstacles even if a more straightforward path is defined for you. Ingenuity is often rewarded both in-game and in life. And if your crazy idea doesn’t get the job done, you can always dust yourself off and try something else.
You’ll become a better cook
While eating out is delicious and frozen dinners are a major time saver, almost nothing beats a home cooked meal. Link relies on cooking in order to restore his health and brave the elements. The recipes you are able to make in the game prove that eating right doesn’t need to be complicated and that even if you’re trying to save the world, there’s always enough time to cook a healthy dish.
Your social life will become richer
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild has been the main topic of discussion on basically every gaming podcast since a week before the game launched. All my social media feeds are flooded with Zelda screenshots and discussions. People who I didn’t even know played video games have come out of the woodwork to experience this cultural phenomenon.
Although bringing up Breath of the Wild at a work lunch may not make you the most popular person in the office, I can attest that it can make you a lot of unlikely friends. I regularly share stories of my personal adventures in the game with people I learn are also playing. We exchange strategies, swap information, and boast about our triumphs, harkening back to recess at school.
I routinely hear stories of what people sacrifice in order to maximize their Zelda time. Canceling dates, staying home from work, and even missing appointments are common stories among the most dedicated. I’ve literally brought my Switch with me to board game nights so that I can play Zelda while my friends have their own fun around me. This obsession runs deep and I don’t want to get in the way of that. Hopefully, this will help you justify to a friend (or yourself) why you can’t put the game down.
What other excuses have you used to explain your passion for Breath of the Wild? Let us know.