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|HYLIA.Com is an up-and-coming
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VanderWoude", World's Best Zelda 1 Player, former webmaster of
ZHQ (which was once
officially called Zelda Headquarters).
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should the new name of the "Letters" section be?
Disclaimer: Results of poll do not necessarily
constitute section's new name as they are not the sole criteria, but
you can vote for fun anyways
result without voting
Thank you for checking out this site.
At the moment, it's quite incomplete
and I don't have much ready for public viewing, which is why you don't see very
many pages up. I'll try to give indications on when I anticipate being able to
update the page again. Now that the site's been publicly announced somewhere, I
will try to make sure updates aren't more than a week apart, even before the
main site launch is ready (and after that time, updates should of course be more
frequent). Tuesdays are generally a good day for me to be able to get updates
done. For more details on the update schedule, see the FAQ.
|October 21, 2001
|| by Conrad
- "The Outbox" Edition #1
has been posted. Grab it now, the premier issue is sure to be an E-Collector's-Item!
- The votes are in: Be sure to vote in the new poll. You can still see
the results of
the old poll which is now set to read-only so no more votes can be counted.
Over half of the votes were for something other than the winning entry. Congratulations
to all of you who voted for what you wanted, even if you didn't think it would be
the winning selection. Shame on the 9.19% percent of you (whether you were
messing up the numbers or whether you actually wanted that to be this site's
name, shame on thee either way.)
- Gamecube In The Mail! Unfortunately,
it was flat when it arrived. Not so bad considering that it was just a cardboard case, but what was inside the case is the cool part. A mini-disc. It had some
material on Super Smash Bros., including 1 movie which should be available
here soon, and also a screenshot which looks
to prove the speculation that people control multiple Ice Climbers.
There are 5 characters including 2 Ice-climbers, and Kirby is damaging one of
them. Oh boy.
- Error Pages have been made so
if somebody tries to download a movie from this site during the newly
restricted download times they'll be able to see a message explaining what went
wrong. After dabbling a bit with PHP for the first time in my life I have made
a couple 403 pages and a 404. Movies should be able to return in the near
- "Nasty, costly, and long" were
the words used by somebody on national television as he was describing what a
military campaign (as opposed to a single military strike) would be. If you're
interested in video of the World Trade Center towers getting destroyed there is
on CNN's website. It appears to support multiple media formats. I also
from another site. The
image shown came from
image is from DeadAt32.Com. I also found some video from
ABCNews which requires RealPlayer.
The United States of America waited for almost a month before launching military
strikes against the Taliban. That shows that we entered Afghanistan territory because we deemed such action necessary, and not just to quickly retailiate in order to vent our immediate surge of anger.
I do have opinions which are Christian in nature regarding why life may be
worth living, but for the rest of this article I will I will restrain myself
from going into any further detail about those religious-based views at this
time. Without alluding
to religious ideals that often spawn arguements with no apparent end in our lifetimes, I
can say the following:
There is evil and unhappiness in this world. I cannot foresee the future. This
whole war business could get to be extremely ugly, far worse than one pair of
buildings eliminated along with the lives of several thousand people. During wartime, people may see or experience great atrocities and ask: Why is life
Video games. No joke. Not for everyone, of course, but that is one answer
that I can give. The answer applies to me. You see, video games produce fun. Video games make people happy. And happiness is good. That which makes people
happy is worth living for, even if it means living through some unpleasant
things. Our soldiers do not go to foreign
lands to possibly give their lives just so we can spend the rest of our lives
mourning their loss. If we are going to feel miserable anyways, there's
little reason not to invite the enemy army onto our home soil so that they
can give us more destruction. No, our soldiers make such huge sacrifices
because they want us to be able to experience peace, so that we can be happy. Sure, it is good to remember the sacrifices our people make, but let us not
make this war be the only thing in our entire
lives. These people we send out to foreign lands want to know that America
still exists, and that life is good in America, and that if they are successful
in their missions and live through them that they can return to a land where
people can be happy, where they can be happy. They want to be able to come
home to a land of peace and to not have the war they fought in be on their
minds while they are enjoying a life of peace.
They want to return to a land where they can live and be happy. If they
can't manage to do that, they at least want the people left in their country
to enjoy the happiness they were hoping for.
If the war gets bad, remember times of peace. Remember the good times. Only
then can you see something worth living for. Only by envisioning something
better than a life with war can a person really see something worth dying for.
War is ugly. We should not pretend otherwise. We should not be glad a war
exists when we are winning just because it makes us feel like winners. It would be better to not have war, for it to stop right now, than to inflict unhappiness on the enemy side. Don't be excited because of how great a war is going. If a
war is going, it's not going great.
I'd rather keep this war off of the main page. I do read news of the war on
the Internet, and I find it important. However, I don't know if I could do
a good job being a real news source about the war, I don't want to get
involved in some war-related controversy with the online Zelda community,
and I'd rather not have bin Ladendorf's handywork be affecting this part of
my life. There's a time to think of war, but there's also a time to be able to think about
something else, and I'd rather not let the war intrude into my life so much
that I can't ever have any enjoyment.
I brought this up on September 11 because I thought it was a big deal. I
honestly didn't know at the time who bin Laden was nor that an organization
as big as the
al Qaeda was behind the attack. On September 11, I wasn't expecting such a
response so much greater than the Oklahoma City Bombing by Timothy McVeigh.
I thought these attacks were a big enough issue that people around the nation
should be remembering the September 11 nightly news story, and so I felt it
was worthy to put on the page of my site. I didn't know that a month later
there would be a war that developed out of that day's attacks. I brought this
up today because I believe on September 11 I said something about looking for online videos, and some people might have been expecting them in this update.
I want to bring this topic up and get it over with so it gets off these pages.
I'm not saying that the war isn't worthy enough to be mentioned on my pages.
What I am saying is that the ability to experience joy is more worthy. This
site is supposed to be about video games. Video games are supposed to be
about fun, and I think fun is worthy. And I think that thinking about fun can
get to be a bit incompatible with thinking about a real-life war or real life
tragedies where people die.
I'm not making any promises that through the entire course of the rest of this
war that it will never ever be mentioned again. I do think, though, that
people can find news about the war from other sources. Better sources, even.
Even better sources that are web sites. Other web sites can do that. What
they can't do, though, is to entertain people about Zelda.
In a war between good and evil, between peace in one's heart versus terror,
between news of the Middle East and a time to relax from the pressures of the
world, I choose to focus on Zelda. I choose to entertain, so that people know
what fun is. I choose to hope my visitors can experience happiness. I choose
to do what I can do so that the older people can see youngsters happy, and so
they can have faith that there is yet good in this world. I choose to do what
I can to help young people experience first hand the pleasures of life so that
later in life these people can value happiness by relating to good times in
their own life. I choose to focus on joy, so that if a person needs to ask if there is still good left in this world that is worth struggling for, that the answer will be yes.
Yes, video games are worthy. And this site is about video games.
|September 12, 2001
|| by Conrad
- Nothin' much new... just updated the article below to be a bit clearer.
Removed request for video footage about yesterday's events as I've found a
decent one now. Turns out that the media isn't very organized figuring out
just what footage is available: I've seen on TV a video of the first plane
crashing into one of a pair of non-damaged towers yet another station later
said no such video is known to exist. I also saw a number of stations show a
rather poor view of the second plane hit for a long time after the first
showing of a better, now-more-popular view.
|September 11, 2001
|| by Conrad
- 911 on 9-11: On the eleventh day of
the ninth month, the date which Americans write out as "9-11", New York City's
911 department had reason to receive numerous calls. In polls, 9 out of 10
Americans view the skyscraper-leveling attacks as an act of war, and on
television I saw, in nations which consider the U.S.A. an enemy, people
celebrating a victory against the enemy.
In the minds of the
professionals of national security, we have been "at war with terror" for
years. Most fiction I've seen suggest that if, or perhaps the appropriate word
is "when", an attack on the United States would occur then chemical weaponry
would be far more devestating in terms of lives lost. A couple of airplanes
taking out a couple of skyscrapers made for some adreniline-creating video and
got the nation talking. However, if the crashes were done for their
spectacular value, to get attention, it makes little sense for the official
representatives of the most likely suspect to totally deny any involvement in
the attacks (rather than making demands or any other such things).
World War II, millions died. Many Americans see the explosions and are eager
to use our powerful military to return a bloody nose to who did this to us,
and would be for the idea of using military force to attack another nation if
it helped us get revenge. However, this is not a battle about the United
States versus some other nation. We clearly have plenty of military strength
to hurt any of our enemies a great deal. This is a battle of good versus evil.
The politicians of this country I live in have called this an attack against
|"We are at war with Terror."|
|"The President of the United States", a character|
from the movie
"The Rock" from 1996
History will not honor our nation for revenge-fueled bloodshed. In the
midst of this tragedy, we'd best respond to evil not with lesser evil but with
evil's most devestating enemy: Good. Tonight I attended a special church
service in response to these actions, and I there prayed. When I see video of
a Palestinean burning an American flag where other citizens are cheering and
giving away and enjoying party food in the streets of their country
celebrating a victory against their enemies, The United States of America, I
have no desire to hurt these people. I view them as people with incorrect
beliefs, but just because they are so confused about what America is doesn't
mean I wish those people to suffer as they would wish me to. My biggest hope
for these people would be that some of them could experience divine
intervention and see the evils of such malicious ways.
Whether or not
you have any religious beliefs so that you can honor President George W.
Bush's request that our people pray, it should be clear that the fire fighters
who perished in New York City died doing good, and any unnecessary
counter-attacks seeking revenge comitted by the USA is at best justified if
that. Let us honor those who have put for efforts to ease suffering, rather
than happily dream of ways to cause more suffering just so we can feel happy
that we were able to create some ourselves. When fighting the evils which
attacked us, if we wish to appear to be the honorable side of good, then let
us be good and honorable, rather than only being justified.
trying to condemn President Bush's statements of pursuing those who were
directly involved in this attack. To completely ignore such an attack would be
an open invitation for future similar acts. We must, though, limit our
response to justice against those who hurt us, and must be careful not to hurt
foreign innocents just because some of our civilians were attacked, and during
the entire time of our response it must be to seek out nothing more than
justice and other actions designed to help ensure our future safety.
Some Americans are in a fit of rage and because of that rage they
would be willing to be an aggressor. I think the American conscience has some
humanitarian qualities about it and if we do go overboard I think we will
self-judge ourselves later on to have erred. However, morals are often set
aside when people are angry. We do have a right to be angry, but we don't have
a right to ignore morals. We must be careful to keep our tempers in check and
make sure that anyone whom we give a bloody nose is being given that bloody
nose because it's necessary, and not just because we wanna give someone a
bloody nose back. In practice the bloody nose may be given for either reason
and real motivations can probably be manipulated and arguements given why one
set of reasoning is being used when really it's the other. As individuals,
though, we can keep in check our own desires. Until the rage passes, be
careful about accidentally being a bit too malicious.
Even if you
aren't President of the United States of America, Commander-in-Chief of a
world superpower's military force... even if you're young and haven't attended
high school yet, any human being who reads this is a person with ideas,
judgements, and moral capabilities to think about what is right and wrong. Use
this tragedy to improve yourself: Think about what you've done, said, or even
thought which is rather attackative to another human being instead of helpful
and beneficial to that person. Be good. Even at your age you can think about
what kinds of alignment you want to have.
- I will not delute this message by mentioning, at this time, non-critical
updates on what's been happening with this site. I'm guessing you didn't just
go straight from a news site like ABCNEWS.COM or CNN.COM to this site. You
were probably looking for a way to entertain yourself, which means you have a
bit of time.
|August 26, 2001 (Minor Site News Update)
|| by Conrad
|July 23, 2001 (Minor Site News Update)
|| by Conrad
- Update on Virus Alert info posted below: Although every copy of the file,
called W32/SirCam@MM, used the text I showed, it apparently can use alternate
similar phrases like:
I send you this file
in order to have your advice
The rest of the message other than the
middle line, I think, are constant. You can read about it yourself at McAffee's
Page on the virus. Also, the W95.Hybris.gen/Snowhite/SexyFun.Net virus has
a page about it here and at http://www.sexyfun.net/ (the site that the
E-Mails false appear to come from). Both of these viruses are not
English-only; that is, there are versions of these viruses in other languages.
|July 23, 2001 (Minor Site News Update)
|| by Conrad
- Virus Alert: I don't intend to make
this site a commonly-used anti-virus site. The site is supposed to be about
Zelda games, not figuring out how to keep your computer working. However, in
the last 4 days I've received 3 copies of a certain E-Mail which I believe is
an "E-Mail virus", which would make this the heaviest-distributed virus I've
personally encountered to date. One of the 3 different people that has
E-Mailed it, each to a different address of mine, was the webmaster of a large
Zelda site. The E-Mail may come from someone you know, and I'm guessing the
subject is simply some random subject used by the person who (probably
accidentally) sent you the virus. The contents of the message are as follows:
|Hi! How are you? |
I send you this file in order to have your
See you later. Thanks
If you have Windows show all its extentions, the file will be
double-extentioned, so if the subject of the E-Mail you receive is "Finding a
key", the file attached might be called "Finding a key.doc.pif". Since most
people have the final extention hidden by Windows, you may think it's a Word
Document file ending with the .DOC extention.
I have no idea what this virus does. I've been unable to look at it because
it seems like every copy I have is corrupted and unsavable (and unrunnable) by
my E-Mail program, but since it appears to be spreading I guess it can be
opened with some popular program out there. My quick attempt to find out
information about it on the search engines failed, and if today wasn't my
first day of work I would have spent more time on this but I don't have the
time. So if you see an E-Mail that says what's quoted above, don't open or run
any attached "documents" or files. If you've found that you're infected,
realize that these programs commonly E-Mail people in your address book and/or
anyone who has sent you E-Mail recently and/or anyone whom you've recently
sent E-Mail to, and they do it automatically without your knowledge. These
things can be nasty. If you receive it, definitely E-Mail a reply back to the
sender and tell them what you got from them. When I find more information
about this file, like who it tends to E-Mail so you know who you may have
infected so you know who you should inform if you've been infected, I'll post
that info on this page.
While I'm on the subject let me say that Snowhite is making another round.
If you receive E-Mail about "Snowhite and the Seven Dwarfs" (yes, I realize
the misspelling of her name), that's also a virus which is quite nasty: If
you're connected to the Internet it can automatically download new updated
versions of the virus so it has unlimited damage potential. Avoid that common
And now, I'll post yesterday's update since I failed to get it up on the
- Pre-Launch Site Status: SSB-Melee
Page: The Pre-Super Smash Bros. Melee, Quicktime movies have been temporarily
removed from this site. Though the issue is currently being discussed, it is
currently the opinion of the system administrators that the bandwidth from
these movies is too much. Part of the dicussions suggest that we may make the
movies available to download at only certain times (namely, not during 7am and
6pm on weekdays), but they are temporarily inaccessible from this site. Just
download them from their original source which is linked to on my page for all
of the better, larger movies. It has long been my intention to eventually use
a different webhost and I expect the IGN movies will return by the time that
happens if not before. I will announce when they returned, but in the meantime
avoid clicking the "downloadable from this site" links. I will remove the bad
links when I work on the page more, splitting it up into multiple pages and
more fully creating screenshots from multiple movies.
- Pre-Launch Site Status: SSB-Melee
Page: Just a note that screenshots are up, and do work. If you find that many
of the screenshots, particularily those towards the bottom of the page, appear
to be bad links, it's most likely because of your dial-up bandwidth. There are
a number of pictures, and by the time you finish downloading the first
pictures, your browser has decided time has run out for the later pictures and
given up on the file transfer. In Microsoft Internet Explorer you can
right-click on one of the bad images and select "Show Picture", or you can go
to another page (perhaps by using the back button) and then use the
back/forward buttons as appropriate to return to the page and the web browser
should be able to load all the earlier images instantly and will re-attempt
downloading the later pictures. When I split up the pages into multiple parts,
this will be less of an issue (hopefully about non-existant).
|July 15, 2001
|| by Conrad
- Conrad is NOT dead! (Excuse me for the belated parody of dekutree.com. Woulda been better
if I did it two weeks ago. I <make believe mode>promise</make believe mode> not to do any more
parodies of dekutree.com or Ganon's
Tower (who recently posted news of their third anniversary) for the rest
of this update. (Don't believe everything in this paragraph.)
- Post-E3 Partial-Roundup:
I simply could not finish the post-E3 round-up for this update. I
might have been able to do so if I didn't download multiple extra movies, and
if I didn't lose some work during the process. However, you can see what
partial work I've accomplished from the "Pre-Super Smash Bros. Melee
Page". I believe there's only one screenshot on that page which I didn't
manually extract (copy, past, save, convert, and rename) from the
downloaded-from-internet movies. A lot of them I did twice after having
stupidly deleted some as I mentioned in an earlier update. Some of the movies
mentioned on that page but not linked to may be downloadable straight from the directory where the movies
are stored. The page may also be a bit big to download with the large number
of graphics and table data on a single page, which may cause problems on some
browsers (even though it shouldn't). I'll be trying to clean all that up as
soon as possible.
The biggest Zelda-based news other than Super Smash
Bros. Melee to come out of E3 is that Nintendo appears to have
plans for Zelda during Spaceworld of this year. I'll try to get the exact
quote, as well as finish all the important E3 stuff that we haven't
covered, posted in the next few updates.
- Scrolls: News: We have some
long-awaited news on a theatre movie... uh, kinda. Perhaps this isn't exactly
the news you've all been waiting for, but it will have to suffice for now.
Read Chibi-Zel's Movie
Review for all the details.
- Site Status: Over the past month,
development on this site has been virtually at a standstill. This is entirely
my (Conrad's) fault. Yes, I do have some staff members, but they know that
there are requirements about the format that pages are made, and that if their
work doesn't meet the requirements then it won't be able to be posted until
it's modified to fit the rules. The real problem is, though, that they don't
know what the rules are yet because I haven't finished the site format.
This site won't be updated for at least another week either, because
by the time you read this, I will already have left for Disneyland. I didn't
have time to post the update before I left on my trip, so I put it on a CD and
gave it to one of our newer staff members so he could post this.
staff member being spoken of is Tril. He has helped with ZHQ behind the scenes
almost as long as I have, by running the computer system which the ZHQ mailing
lists worked on. He still does that today, and the computer now also hosts not
only the HYLIA.Com mailing lists but also, at least for right now, the
HYLIA.Com site. Because of all this he was considered a friend of the staff
for some time but he officially became considered a part of the HYLIA.Com
staff when he volunteered to help work on the site by making it more
accessible to more browsers. (Of course, first he needs to have a site to make
accessible, and so he's totally waiting on me to start his work.) He's not
even a huge Zelda nut, but he's a friend with the World's Best Zelda 1 Player
and is willing to help us out every now and then, so be sure to be extra
appreciative whenever you see his name come up :)
It looks very much
like I will become an assistant manager of a pizza place when I return from my
trip, and will be making more moolah than when I was the manager of a video
arcade. There's also a decent possibility that I will be accepted to a paid
computer job. This is actually good news for the site because once that's in
place, I may be able to get myself into a routine including work on this site
without feeling guilty that I'm not spending my time trying to find a paid job
since I should be earning some money until I get back to school.
yesterday I obtained both of the new Gameboy Color games. I now own all the
legally-produced Zelda games out there except for the Super Gameboy-enhanced
version of Link's Awakening (which I've been completely unable to find in my
area). Hopefully my plane trip to California will be severely delayed...
At least for the rest of this week...
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|June 4, 2001 (Minor Update)
|| by Conrad
Basically, nothing but
site-related news today. (Long-winded as ever.)
- Yes, this site is alive, and yes, I've been working on it. I delved into
schoolwork only to not finish as early as expected because the work took
longer to work until expected. Here's some of the latest site-related news:
- Pre-launch: I've spent quite a bit of time analyzing videos and so forth.
My compilation of E3 information was rather hindered when I saw I had BMP's (a
way of storing graphics) and PNG's (another way of storing graphics) of the
same stuff and so reacted. I started to DEL *.BMP, then decided to be safe and
DIR *.PNG to *make sure* they're still there, and I ended up mixing the
commands in such a way that I DEL(eted) all the PNG's, including the majority
of them which did not have a *.BMP backup of them. This in a school-run
Windows NT machine where I did not have Administrator-level permissions, and
so I wasn't successful in undeleting them.
This was rather disturbing.
I had a backup on the internet of many of those graphics, and can re-create
the other graphics fairly quickly (since, fortunately, I decided to publicly
record where in each movie each graphic came from), though it may be a couple
of weeks before I finish doing that (because I've found that working on these
movies takes some time, and I do feel school is a higher priority.)
- Post-launch: I've decided that this site is too silent for my likings, so
when I haven't been working on the Pre-launch site on the high-bandwidth
computers at school, I've been working on background sound support. When that
worked satisfactory in NS4 and IE, I also worked on adding foreground support.
I've had no luck with NS6, which could be due to a lack of my understanding
but could also very likely be due to limited support for full <OBJECT>
support by this relatively new browser, or my anguish could be solely the
fault of the plugins I've used which don't yet support the new browser. I'm
not very sure.
between the <BGSOUND> and <EMBED> tags. <BGSOUND> is much
easier to deal with and offers an easy way to change the background music or
to stop it. <EMBED> is a non-proprietary solution which, when the right
plugins are being used, offers more power and greater flexibility. I had been
using <BGSOUND> (the easy route) for the IE-side of things, but am going
to be recoding some stuff, and ideally will probably support both to support
the best flexibility that your browser can handle. Eventually I'm sure
<OBJECT>s will be supported.
To re-iterate in case you haven't
read the FAQ, you needn't worry about hearing that I've been working on
background music: it will be easy to turn the music OFF and to save that
preference in a cookie.
- I've noticed a surprising number of people reaching this site with WebTV,
29% more people than those who appear to be using Opera. (Of Opera users, all
Opera users I've detected were using Opera version 5.x, the latest version.
It's possible that users of earlier versions are looking like they're Netscape
or something.) This, despite the fact that I've said that Opera will probably
be supported by the site but WebTV wouldn't.
Well, good news for WebTV
users. I, without trying, found a program published by the WebTV guys that can
make my computer act like a WebTV and display my site like a WebTV. (This is
an unquestionably fully-legal emulator
released by the Copyright holders.) I also found some necessary information on
how to make the post-launch version of this site WebTV-compatible, and though
I haven't investigated this information thoroughly I believe that I can make
the entire site easily accessible to you (almost or even just as easy as for
people using the latest versions of Internet Explorer or Netscape (4 or 6)),
and so assuming that I can, I will make this site viewable to you people. In
doing so, I think I'll also be making the site easier to see by users of
Internet Explorer 3.x (which make up less than 0.0013 of all Internet Explorer users). I
don't know if this will be implemented pre-launch or post, but I should get
around to it soon after launch if not before. Launching earlier for users of
Internet Explorer is the higher priority right now but maybe I'll feel like a
diversion some day sooner than launch and and work on it, similar to why I
began work on sound support.
The Site FAQ will have the apprpriate
question updated in the next real update.
- Conclusion: So, as you can see, the
site's not been abandoned even though the site has now gone through it's
longest period of not being publicly updated ever since I started trying to
keep it up to date (since ZHQ announced its presense on the Internet). Despite
that fact, we're receiving more visitors than when the site first began
regularily updating and already it looks like June is on track to beat out
May... (especially since it has 5 weekends instead of 4, plus Summer Vacation
for students). It could easily be yet another week or two before I get the
E3 info ready for posting.
When school is out, I'm going to
need to find a job for the summer. Once I do, I'll have a much better idea
just how available I'll be to work on the site.
- Miscellaneous: One of the site's
staff, a well-known ZHQ staff member, has reported today that he beat Majora's
Mask. I know at least two others have not. That's at least three, and there's
more Zelda games released too. If you bought the game when it was first
released and feel pathetic for having not beat the thing by now, take comfort
that you're not alone.
- This page is getting fairly long. I'll probably be moving the older site
history to another page sometime in the next few updates.
|May 17, 2001 Update #3
|| by Conrad
- I've obtained an 11MB
version of the file posted yesterday. It's just over 1 minute 45 seconds,
and does not have an IGN logo or URL covering up any of the screen. The one
posted yesterday, only 6MB but also only 56 seconds, has been
If you have the old version, be sure to delete it before
trying to download the new ersion. Do not resume! They are different movies
(one without the logo), and if you resume, QuickTime will only play the first
Additionally, to relieve stress from both visitors to this site and also IGN's
servers, I've posted the following movies on this site:
- 4 minute
video from e3.nintendo.com, shows some Super Smash Bros. footage
including some action by Sheik. I plan to post screenshots later. It also
shows some of the fight between Link and Ganondorf shown at the last
Spaceworld (so, yes, that's old footage). Looks like Mario has a Spin
Attack, using his cape, like he did in Super Mario World (for the 16-bit
Super NES system).
- From http://cube.ign.com/news/34742.html come multiple videos. The
titles in quotes are how IGN describes them, so you can try avoiding
re-download of the same ones.
Feed". 10 second video, I saw Link twice and he did use the hookshot.
Screenshot of that coming soon.
- "Duking it
out on the F-Zero track". 19 seconds. Tape only shows part of the
screen, so if it looks like the screen is doing a poor job focusing on all
of the characters at once, that could be why. (Notice the timer, likely
centered at the top of the screen, moves around in this video and often
isn't even shown.) Link does fairly well in a 4 player fight. His spin
attack is seen. 2 screenshots from this coming later.
- "Dodge those
cars or die". 12 seconds, tape only shows part of the screen same as
the previous one. Our poor, no, unfortunate rather, hero gets egged, rich,
and then beaten. He doesn't do notably worse than the others, though. Hmm,
what are the coins for?
- More news as soon as I have more time to post it.
|May 17, 2001 Update #2
|| by Conrad
- Site News: Please don't download
the movie from us unless you're quite desperate. IGN's page says it's 6000K
and I ended up downloading just about that much, but the movie does seem a bit
cut-off. I tried re-downloading it today at school, and it appeared to be
11.1MB downloading. I only got about 2MB of it before the download appeared to
be successful, and QuickTime did play the partial movie just fine up to the
point where it was cut off. I'm not sure why the download didn't get reported
as a failure: Maybe IGN's servers reported the transfer was done.
attempting to re-download the file now, although I've got multiple hours left
for this on-campus-lab high-speed-connection download. I'll upload the entire
large file in the same place as the old one as soon as I get it. Check just
below this news item, which is where I'll add the news that I've updated the
file, when I did.
I'll be updating later today (or, more accurately,
before 7:30am tomorrow... I'm not sure exactly when), adding what movies I
find with new Zelda-related footage so you can download them from this site.
- E3 News: GameCube's
launch dates are November 5th in the US and September 14 in Japan. I think the
Japanese release date has been known for some time, but not the US date. A
little off-topic, Microsoft's XBox is scheduled for releasae on November 8.
Thanks to Kris Smith. IGNCube
reports all this and also says that price information and how many systems
will be available should be discussed at "the upcoming Japanese financial
briefing". (This probably ought to have been in yesterday's news.)
- I've completed the update that I said I'd insert here below the news item
just above this one. For further details, look further up. See what's new for
May 17, 2001 Update #3.
|May 17, 2001
|| by Conrad
- The Electronic Entertainment Expo
(E3)'s web site lists dates for the Exposition to be May 17 to
May 19. However, it lists Conferences to go from May 16 to May 18, so even
though some sites might still claim it's Pre-E3,
E3-style news is starting to crop up today.
- E3 News: Super Smash
Bros. Melee announced. This game not only features Link (unsurprisingly), but
also Sheik. Many other characters including all the ones from the N64 game are
there, including the Ice Climbers. (Why? They've only been in one game I know
of and though the arcade version of it was cool, the home version for the NES
was disappointing the day I got it. I can't imagine them being considered some
of Nintendo's greatest stars. Does this mean a new Ice Climber is planned to
come out?) IGN has been it's usual good self to us showing us a video, which
can be downloaded from
cube.ign.com. This 6MB video, which appears to be from the Intro sequence,
is about 1 minute long, shows characters from the Zelda games 3 different
times for about 15 seconds of the minute-long video.
|IGN is slooow. |
|--Papakapp, May 16, 2001 (One day before E3 when info
began to be spread) |
IGN, the creator of these videos, generally gets information posted before
we do and serves many more people than we do serving more interests than just
this web site's focus, may get a bit bogged down during E3.
Therefore, I've made it possible to download it
directly from us. (These files are in a temporary location and will be
- E3 News:
E3.Nintendo.Com has some screenshots of the above game in action,
and some more stuff I haven't fully checked out. They will probably post some
stuff which'll be able to be found at that site before any other. You can
check the site out at http://e3.nintendo.com/. Thanks to DekuTree.Com/Zlda.Com for sharing those
resources which is how I found out about the site. Also, if you've noticed
DekuTree.Com being down a bit lately, check them about again because the main
page is dedicated to E3 stuff and they look geared up to be a good
- E3 News: New
GameCube-compatible DVD-compatible system announced. Made by Matsushita
(Panasonic) with Nintendo's approval, this system was speculated on but only
confirmed now. Scheduled for release in Japan, and no announcements made about
elsewhere. Looks to me like it's a bit taller, but still fairly cube-shaped.
It also looks like it loads GameCube Disks and DVD's through a tray-loading
mechanism (like a computer CD-ROM drive), while Nintendo's looks like disks
are inserted at the top (like a Playstation). You can see a picture of it at cube.ign.com.
- E3 News: Zelda for the
GameCube will come in a DVD
case. (Actually, I'm just assuming that since IGNcube reports that games
for the system will come in those cases. Nothing about Zelda specifically was
- Help Request: See, just because I
didn't say when I'd be able to update didn't mean that I wouldn't. If you'd
like to help point out Zelda news, E-Mail me at HyliaComE3News2001@toogam.dhs.org.
A lot of news related to video games will be reported over the next week. I'll
try to check out IGNCube and some of the Zelda sites listed at my table of
links at the bottom of the page, but I know sometimes other sites (like
Gamespot or GIA) report news or even release videos, so if you notice anything
anywhere then send the URL's on in.
- Site Status: Thought I'd let you
know about the site status. I'd like to keep this thing up to date on
E3 News while it happens. Other than that, my own development on
the site is on hold and likely will be for a short while so I can focus on
school. I've been given enough information that I can race ahead in one of my
completely, except for the final exam. Therefore my time to dedicate to the
web and web-based programming will be focused on the school assignments for a
little while until that stuff is done. Then the rest of the school session
I'll have one less class to be taking up my time.
|May 15, 2001
|| by Conrad
- Site FAQ updated:
- Question #13: What's
Going On With ZHQ now has a detailed answer.
- Questions 11 through 13 re-added (as well as the old answers for
Questions #11 and #12). When I updated Question #5 last time, I updated an
old version of the FAQ and accidentally removed questions #11 through #13.
- Main Page Also fixed the main page.
Somehow I chopped off some of the tags at the beginning of the page, including
<HTML>, <HEAD>, </HEAD>, <BODY>, and the reference to
CSS data. Chibi-Zel's quote looks right again.
- Looks like E3 is this week and certainly some will be
wondering how HYLIA.Com will or will not participate. HYLIA.Com will be
watching E3 from the Internet and will be capturing at least as
many details as is needed so that we can have a record of any developments
that were shown at E3. The site will have a page (which has been
minimally started) for expositions like E3 (notably also
including SpaceWorld) so that we can be a record of what Zelda-related
developments were made at the conventions. For this year, during the
pre-launch period, I'm not sure what the time-frame will be to organize and
post such information: The more information that comes, the longer it may
likely take. However, I certainly intend to document enough to someday be an
excellent source on Pre-Release information of the GameCube Zelda, much like
what ZHQ has been for Pre-Release Ocarina of Time both before and after its
release. Since there is so little information about a GameCube Zelda to
date, HYLIA.Com should be able to fully document all the pre-release news.
So, there shouldn't be much question on if HYLIA.Com will cover whatever
Zelda-releated developments surface at E3. Sure we will. However,
how quickly remains to be seen.
According to a recent review of all
GameCube Zelda material by IGN, "Unfortunately, all we have to go on
right now is a brief demo." It would appear that if you've seen the video
from Spaceworld 2000, you've seen everything out to date. I intend to
include that in Hylia.Com's section on the GameCube Zelda Pre-Release Info,
and apparently that's all that's been released to date that I'll need to
include. If you want to be all caught up, just read the recent article just
mentioned, and download the movie. (The screenshots come straight from the
If you see some notable news, I hereby risk being bombarded
with loads of E-Mail pointing to the same resources by saying that you can
E-Mail me at HyliaComE3News2001@toogam.dhs.org.
- Playable Zelda on the GameCube? Rumor is already spreading that GameCube
Zelda will be playable at E3. I first saw this at Ganon's Tower. However, don't take it
as fact, just yet. HYLIA.Com staff member Kris Smith (of ZHQ fame) said he
viewed the source of the source of the article I read and didn't remember
any such thing, so I decided to spend some time digging through the facts.
Ganon's Tower clearly credits nintendojo. Their recent article "Luigi's
Mansion, WaveRace, and More..." says (with some added text formatting
inserted by me), "At E3, all of the aforementioned games, including Zelda,
Time, will be playable at the expo.[...] Click
here for the original Time.com article." Yet if you look at the original
Time article, the only thing it says
about Zelda is when it says "Luigi's Mansion is one of several new works
from Shigeru Miyamoto, the man behind Mario, Zelda and Donkey Kong and an
inductee of the game designers' Hall of Fame." Shame on nintendojo. The fact
that the creator of Luigi's Mansion also created the Zelda series is quite a
different statement than "Zelda Playable at E3!".
IGN reports that USA Today
lists 36 Gamecube games. IGN makes a point to say that USA Today offers
"[n]o specifics, however, were mentioned as to how many of the three-dozen
GC offerings would in fact be playable." Sounds like IGN doesn't have any
other information to-date, and I generally consider the people at IGN to be
rather up to date.
So, who's to blame? Ganon's Tower pretty much
took their facts from nintendojo without screwing them up any further, and
Time Magazine didn't say anything inaccurate or even misleading so there is
little to no fault of those two sites. Looks to me like nintendojo is at
fault for making up some "facts". Shame on them.
We don't know at
the moment if there will be a playable Zelda, but I can make some guesses.
On one hand, it seems unlikely that a playable version of Game Cube Zelda
would be ready so soon after it's original announcement. Zelda games tend to
take quite a while to make, and pushbacks on the release date of a Zelda
game unfortunately aren't terribly uncommon. Zelda is also listed under IGN's GameCube Release Dates as
"TBA" when other Gamecube games are listed as "TBA 2001". On the other hand,
Nintendo has been notably quiet about a lot of Gamecube development, and the
system is supposedly due to launch very soon. Although it's highly unlikely
that there will be levels to explore and a myriad of items to use, a demo of
the swordplay may not be entirely out of the question. Even if we don't see
anything playable, a video just about Zelda is quite likely.
- GameCube's Logo shown. IGN
shows it, and points out the C inside the G. I'm surprised at the
similarities between the basic design of this logo and the Dreamcast's logo
|May 5, 2001
|| by Conrad
- New Zelda games arriving very shortly. I've seen a couple of different
dates mentioned. A quick look at ebworld.com (now renamed to ebgames.com I
see) lists the games (look for Zelda Oracle) to ship on May 14. That's less
than two weeks away. Some discussion on KVS came up a while ago about
which game to get (first, if you can only afford one right now. Of course the
best long term solution is to get them both, as well as every other Zelda game
out there :)
- Corrected my habits of dates. Anybody else notice that all the dates in
this section listing when this site was last updated, were wrong?
- Another Auction
Watch of something worth seeing: Zelda 1 again, this time selling for even
more than last time. Quite an interesting price it went for, considering money
and this game. When I look at this, and think of the many copies I've seen
selling for new at KayBee Toys for $9.99 a while ago, I gotta question my
decision I've been scouring eBay. Of course, those were later boxes saying
"The Classic", probably including grey cartridges, but still...
stated since the very
first public statements of this site that "[a] totally new merchandise
section is expected". I've been spending a bit of time recording some of the
things going on at eBay, starting now (not later) since what may be selling
now might not be sold again a few months from now. This should take less time
in the future after I've got a lot of the more common items cataloged.
- Another staff member revealed. A demonstration of this person's work is
posted. I think chances are good that most visitors of this site can recognize
this person's work (the new image is accessable via this link,
careful not to look to see the name/location of the file when you click on it)
even before visiting the Page saying who made it.
- Site FAQ updated. No, I didn't include the expected update to the FAQ that
I hinted at last time I wrote on this page. I updated Question #5. Netscape 6
will be supported. A couple of months ago I would have suggested it wasn't
going to be. A couple of weeks ago I said it might. Now I say something yet
different: I expect that yes, it will. Also, I expect that Opera, Konquerer,
Gecko-based browsers including Mozilla, and other browsers, specifically all
W3C-standards-compliant browsers, will likely be supported at launch as they
will require very minimal extra work (most likely none whatsoever). People
using the Dreamcast Web Browser will still likely need to wait a bit longer.
- A note about the frequency of the updates of this site: I've stated that I
would try to update the site about once a week. It's been 10 days since the
site's been updated. I'ven't been ignoring the site, but rather I've been
spending quite a bit of time on the post-launch site. Actually, I believe that
updating the site faithfully once a week may be quite difficult if I need to
keep up both pre- and post-launch versions of the site, and post-launch is
definitely more important. (So far, this pre-launch site isn't much to brag
about.) Don't get discouraged if the pre-launch doesn't have large and
frequent updates. Even if the updates become a bit less frequent, do be sure
to check back once in a while. Not only will site site have status reports,
but I also expect it'll be my primary means of recruiting staff that will be
seen post-launch as well. Also, this will be the first place that announces
when launch occurs, once that's figured out.
|April 25, 2000
|| by Conrad
Ugh, I've updated this site a few times. That means this page is
getting long. I may end up having to create a Site Log to store some of this
- Auction Watch: How much would you pay for your very own copy of
The Legend of Zelda? That's a cartridge for the Nintendo Entertainment
System (8-bit NES) that I'm talking about.
What if the copy was reported to be brand new, in its original box which
has never been opened before? I suppose that means this would qualify as being
Would you pay this
much for it?
- Staff Artwork: Yes, HYLIA.Com is made up of more recognized ZHQ
Staff Members than Conrad. Have your first look at Chibi-Zel's work on the Staff-Created Artwork
page. Some time ago, Conrad was without a way to get any good art on this site
and before Conrad started to look for solutions, one popped up out of his own
already-existant staff members. Chibi-Zel saved the day. Three cheers for
Chibi-Zel! Where would this site be without her? I'm tellin' ya, I can only
hope that as time goes on I becoming pleasantly exposed to more people like
- Voting: Cursed be the evil Chibi-Zel. May she experience the worst
kind of punishment known to mankind or otherwise. Look at what this vile,
wretched creature of sin hath uttered from her filthy lips:
|I just inadvertantly voted my one and only time for the fourth time.
|--ChibiZel, Staff E-Mail dated April 18, 2001|
A second time, perhaps, but one does not inadvertantly vote a fourth
time! She found a way to make that button that says "Vote (my one and only
time)!" count her vote multiple times. I have little doubt that the recent
rapid increase in "Homicidal Yokelish Lunatic's Insane Asylum"'s percentage
was no accident. As it turns out, the voting script is set up to block
re-votes over a period of a bit more than a day. If you wait more than a
certain amount of time, it's possible to vote again. Comfoundit, the vote has
been skewed by the results of cheating. By my own staff even. Why do I keep
this person around? I do say, the world certainly needs less people like
In the future I expect to adjust that time to be more like 8 days. Also, I
expect that new topics to vote on will appear once a week. This vote is hereby
nullified! (Of course, there was already a disclaimer saying that the results
wouldn't necessarily dictate the site's new name.) Actually, I'm thankful she
pointed this out.
- Three new questions and two new real answers added: HTML Links, and a
message board on HYLIA.Com.
- Formatting fixed for what used to be the last four questions.
Regarding the third new question, I spent quite some time writing up the
answer that I intend to make public. (This is the fourth time I wrote up
such a responce to the question... Hopefully I'll finally be content with
this draft.) I really should look it over again before putting it up here.
Probably next update will include it. In the meantime, you are able to see
what the new question is.
- Links: A new site, Ganon's Tower, has been added. (Please see FAQ Answer #11 before
contacting me about getting your own site added.)
- News: Some people of Kakariko Village Square have created the Kakariko Village University. It's
quite new, so I'm going to give it some time to see if it's a success before I
add it to the Links section of this site. It's certainly a neat concept...
Basically KVS regulars (and non-regulars appear to be welcome to) meet online
and teach each other about real, not-just-Zelda-related subjects from 3-D
rendering to languages. I look forward to seeing how well it does.
|April 22, 2000
|| by Conrad
- Just a quick note: I've been too busy today to spend the necessary time
organizing the next real update. Right now I'm looking at less than 5 hours of
sleep tonight so no, I'm not going to try to throw one together last-minute
right-now. Furthermore, I have plans over the next couple of days and it's
unlikely I'll be able to update then either. I'll probably be able to get
something going on Tuesday, though, so check back on Tuesday or Wednesday.
|April 14, 2000
|| by Conrad
- Well, I've taken a look at the main version of my site again. I fixed a
priority issue with overlapping menus, so progress has now officially been
made for the first time in 3 months. I also remember what to be doing next, so
things are looking good.
- On this version of the site, I updated the FAQ. Wanna know our plans for
updating the site?
- Zlda.Com is removed from the list of links, as it appears to be
down and from what I've been told, it appears that Zlda.Com isn't going
to be back up and updating by Charlie or his gang anytime soon. (Let's hope
that's not accurate...)
- Ah, I put Zlda.Com back on the links page. Found 'em! :)
Their spot on the Links table has been updated.
- The graphics on the voting now show up. The "error graphic" actually
looked satisfactory as a repeatable-percentage bar piece, in MS IE and so I
didn't notice right away that it wasn't working. (I really should install
- Small fixes. Voting is now self-consistant between menu options and
results. Spelling error in Zelda Power's section on the table of links is
- That's it. I don't want to do a whole lot of work on the pre-launch
version of this site, and so you probably won't see very large updates until
it's launched. Namely, my goal in updating the pre-launch site is to let
visitors know that I haven't forgotten about them: I am working to give
them something better. That, and to keep them in a regular habit of checking
this address, for when post-launch time does come. I'll keep in touch.
Well, now that ZHQ's been updated,
some people know about this site and we've been getting some visitors. However,
a lot of people don't know what this site is, why it's not "launched", and so
|April 10, 2000
|| by Conrad
Someone wrote to me, "I can't wait to see Hylia[.Com] launch! Can you give me
any details about what the site will be about?" Ignoring the date I tossed into
the upper-right corner of this page, please read the second sentence of the
page, which is identical on this version of the page as it was on the last
version posted. I tried to make it very very clear so that if anyone comes to
this page for the first time that one of the very first things they'll be able
to know is what the page is about.
I've put up a FAQ of what I figure people are asking in their minds, although
the Letters List hasn't had much response
so far. I only put up about 5 things, both since it's easier to get this update
going and because it'll give me something else to update later on this week. I
will have more questions and answers up soon.
And, of course, there's the poll, table of contents, and disclaimer above.
Basically, the page turned from being 8 paragraphs (which, excluding one
paragraph with about 5 sentences, had an average of
1 2/3 sentences each) plus a signature, into this
mini site. Hmm... This mini-site is bigger than all the on-site pages you can
see when you visit http://www.zhq.com. I didn't expect that to happen so quickly
I added a "Favorites Icon" to the site, which will reduce the number of
"hidden" 404 errors that visitors were generating (but probably not noticing)
when they bookmarked the site. If you made this site a Favorite before, in MS IE
Preview, (or maybe even 5.0), try removing the site from your Favorites List
and re-adding us. You'll find a non-generic icon is associated with us.
If you have any questions for me, you may contact me the newly created mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. And, yes, there
are multiple people who will read your comments. Or, if you're shy, you can just
E-Mail me at HyliaComJustAnnounced@toogam.dhs.org.
Other SitesSince HYLIA.Com isn't quite ready to go in prime time, I
thought I'd place these links right on the main page for ya'. Kinda gives you an
incentive to bother coming here and not just visiting the other sites: Going
from here to the other sites is pretty easy. Here are some other notable Zelda
It could be that there are some other major Zelda
sites that I haven't become aware of. If you think I'm missing some very
prominent site, let me know. A larger "Links" section will be created after this
site is really up and running good.
||This site wouldn't be around today if it weren't for ZHQ. ZHQ was last
updated on April 5, 2001. Read Niels's latest message. Whenever we get
word of ZHQ updating again, we'll post about it here.|
||A message board. Once considered ZHQ's official message board, people
active on this board have generally considered it to be fairly independant
of ZHQ. |
|Hyrule: The Land of Zelda
||An absolutely useless site if you don't have Flash. If you do, though,
you can see a leading site filled with lots of information, much of which
is real and accurate and pertains to the English versions of the games.
They also cover rumors and pre-release information including information
based on Japanese versions of games before the English ones come out.
Worth looking around if you've got some time. |
||The successor to the very excellent and oft-updated site TGL (The
Golden Land), Zlda.Com has been a decent sized site with editorials and
commentary, some of which is actually about Zelda, passing over its main
page. The webmaster and staff of the site aren't getting along well with
their affiliate network, VGF.Com, who owns the Zlda.Com domain. I have
finally located their new location: DekuTree.Com. I don't know what is
going to happen to the old DekuTree.Com web site (which I believe did
exist, publicly viewable, at one point). |
||This webmaster approached me, and with a cursory glance through his
web site I decided it looks like a fairly decent web site. (See FAQ Answer #11 about
contacting me asking for links.) When I look through the site more, I may
give a more detailed description. |
||All of the locations I've known IZC to be hosted at, except one, are pages that redirect
you so that you eventually end up at Vortex Generation's IZC. Still
tickin' after all this time, Ice's Zelda Central has done a decent job of
updating frequently. Most of its updates have been of the editorial/small
||A large web site with lots of Zelda material. Since November, its
updates have been more than 2 weeks apart and, as of this last writing,
the last update was over 3 weeks ago.|