After E3 every year, a large group of attendees go home, put on their best outfits, drive through an ocean of traffic, and take their seats to witness the best gaming music played by a symphony in Videogames Live. VGL was absent from this year’s E3, and taking its place was the Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses concert.
The Zelda Symphony started touring in 2011 to promote the Wii’s Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword and to celebrate the Zelda 25th anniversary. I missed my opportunity to attend and was filled with regret for years. Earlier this month the universe decided to give me a break and allow me to attend.
I arrived with a Hylian shield replica and even got asked for pictures. I sure didn’t expect that, especially considering the amount of awesome cosplayers at the concert.
I took my seat, which was so close it hurt my ears (I’m kidding).
The conductor eventually came out to a huge ovation, and then I sat for hours with watery eyes, my girlfriend, and what I think was true happiness.
Suddenly, after the intermission, my true happiness turned into intense nerves and discomfort. I was sweating profusely and my stomach was turning. Why? Because two seats in front of me sat longtime Zelda director Eiji Aonuma:
His first game released in the Americas was none other than Zelda: Ocarina of Time, which has been my all-time favorite game. For those who don’t know, I’m a very big Zelda fan. No, not just big in size, but such a fan that I would probably consider doing missionary work with my Zelda Hyrule Historia. Seeing Aonuma so close had me mentally preparing my best greeting which hopefully he’d understand in English. I looked around assuring myself that no one had noticed or recognized him. Even the people sitting next to him had no idea who he was. I almost couldn’t enjoy myself.
However, during the last movement, he quickly and stealthily escorted himself out Solid Snake style, and I was able to breathe. I enjoyed the rest of the show, kissed my girlfriend to thank her for bringing me one of the most memorable nights in my life, and drove home with a smile. I’m not quite sure how others would’ve reacted in front of their life-long hero, but I think I’m fine with not meeting him just yet.