Posted on May 16 2014 by Nathanial Rumphol-Janc
Some folks really want to believe anything that seems like
something they would like. I mean, why not? I could see an error on my online
course grade book that says I have an A, but reality is I may already know I
have too few points to achieve that A. I really want to believe I got that A,
but I know it’s just a mistake.
That’s what pre-E3 rumors always feel like. So much stuff we
desperately want to believe, but many of us know better. We know it can’t
possibly be true, but we want to believe it anyway. We’ll search for reasoning,
or even come up with excuses. I’m guilty of all of the above.
We came across a list of games for all the major 1st
party press conferences and promptly posted
it, mostly because it contained the potential name of Zelda U. That name is now somewhat well known as The Legend of Zelda: Shard of Nightmare.
I firmly believe it is 100% fake – not just
the name but that entire document. I also believe the image I posted just
yesterday that was supposed to be some sort of “leaked” image was a fan
fake. Heck, we got yet another supposed leaked image today, except this one was
of actual gameplay.
It is also completely fake. From the one long line of hearts to the thin
lines that supposedly represent magic, stamina, or any other possible mechanic.
Even in Twilight Princess such things
were far more stylized. That aside, the GamePad is probably required, and much
of that HUD would not be there. Then there is the somewhat high quality
character model with the very last gen (Wii) styled grass. This is before we
get into the fact it is a blurred image and angled, which has always been a
sign of being fake. More so the angled part than the blurred image (we’ve seen
blurred cell phone pics in years past be legit, but never at such an angled
Why Post What You Know Is Likely False?
This is a question we’ve wrestled with for years. Do we post
something we know isn’t going to be true, even if we want it to be? Do we
contribute to the pre-E3 rumor mongering by spreading what is likely completely
false information? I mean, we’re Zelda Informer – are we truly informing people
when what we present is likely falsified information, even if we state it is
and/or use the rumor tag?
I think in some ways we are, but in others it isn’t so
clear. On one hand, generally when we post something… our inbox, social media
pages, or even our forum accounts are being spammed with the images that end up
being the cause of the rumors. So, in part, we are informing folks of these
rumors which are already surely spreading in other corners of the internet and
letting them have fun with it. We’re even more careful these days – sometimes outright
saying they are fake and other times, using grains of salt, or whatever popular
expression is used to express extreme skepticism. This is the internet, leaks
do occur, but when something is too good to be true (or too fan service like to
be true)… it likely isn’t.
On the other hand, it can be frustrating for those that get
their hopes up. They hope for something to be as they see it, and then get disappointed
when it ends up not being the case. It either
makes them expect something else and we end up with something like The Wind Waker (masterpiece of a game
that is), or they can come away less trusting of rumors we post. This is a completely
fair reaction and one we must balance when deciding to post any rumor. Heck, we
had rumors about the release date for Hyrule
Warriors and Zelda U that we
posted. We know they are probably totally made up, even if somewhat
reasonable to assume. This sort of stuff can really upset folks or give them
There is also the other side of this, and as a Zelda fan
first and foremost, it is the side I fall on. I love discussing the Zelda
series, and chiefly, I love speculating on the possibilities. How many articles
have we had talking about various games that have yet to come out and what we
might possibly get? We often have no realistic reason to expect what we talk
about, but we do anyways because it is fun to dream. It is just plain fun to
speculate about the series we so love.
To me, rumors fall right into that category, even if fake.
Sure, it’s all made up, but many times it is fun to talk about, to speculate.
It’s like someone is just taking a guess at the name and premise, and giving us
something to debate about or consider. Sometimes in rare cases it even furthers
some folk’s education of the series – like the fact The Minish Cap’s subtitle in the logo actually overlaps the Z on
The Legend of Zelda. Everyone presumed this had never happened and used it to
claim a fake image. It’s interesting finding out those little tidbits because
of stuff like this, at least for me. It seems like it is interesting for many
of you too. In times when you are lacking anything concrete to talk about, it
really makes for good conversational pieces.
That really gets down to the heart of the matter. How do we
decide what is a good conversation piece and worth posting, and what is not
worth anyone’s time? Maybe the real problem is that we label them as rumors –
it is possible we may need to find a new way to label this stuff moving
forward. Who knows, you find folks can probably come up with a much cleverer
name than I can.
For Those Holding Out Hope
Do yourself a favor and forget you ever read any of them.
You’re just creating unrealistic expectations. Besides, when has Nintendo ever
had anything leak like this before? We’ve had leaks, but nothing close to this.
Two images, a full page, etc. If the leaks happen, they are well known (Zelda
Wii image leak).
Nintendo are the ones that are the industry standard for not
letting information slip through the cracks. We’ve had Microsoft and Sony stuff
leak on many occasions, but Nintendo is like a giant vault, and we’re not
allowed to even sneak a small peak. Like Reggie Fils-amech, our batteries run
out just short of getting a good view.
So, What About the Future?
I am unsure right now what we’ll do with rumors in the
future, but for now, I would love to work on a way of rebranding them for
conversational purposes. I am open to any and all ideas, so have at it and
discuss away. That way we can have our fun in discussing the possibilities
while giving people even the slightest nod that something is real. If something
then ever does end up being real (haha, that will be the day), we’ll have at
least had a nice discussion about it already.