I Have a Confession

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey, it’s Rachel.

Yesterday Kris and I talked about the wonderful lore of The Legend of Zelda games.

I thought now was as good a time as any to confess something about me and the Zelda games.

The Legend of Zelda is one of my all-time favorite video game series.

I can list my top 5 favorite Zelda games to you. I know absolutely everything (or mostly everything) there is to know about Zelda. Skyward Sword is on my top video games list.

Here’s the thing: if you know me then you know that I have Second Player Syndrome. With that being said…

Confession Time:

I have never played any of the Legend of Zelda games on my own.

True story. I’ve started playing Majora’s Mask for the 3DS, A Link Between Worlds for the 3DS, Oracle of Seasons/Ages for the Gameboy Color, and I’ve even played bits and pieces of Skyward Sword for the Wii.

I never got very far in any of them, though. Not because I didn’t enjoy the games, but just because I get busy and forget to go back to it.

I’ve seen all of this games played from start to finish. This is where my Second Player Syndrome comes in… I’ve watched Kris play all of these games.

I grew up watching her play video games and to this day I still love watching her instead of playing the games myself.

Someday (soon) I hope to play through and actually beat all the Zelda games. But as of right now, I only know what I know because I take the backseat when Kris plays.

Second Player Syndrome

Rachel Mii Double JumpHey everyone, it’s Rachel!

Today I’m going to open up about something. Something most of you can probably relate to.

I, Rachel, have Second Player Syndrome.

What is Second Player Syndrome?

Second Player Syndrome is when you grow up always being second player when playing video games.

Who does Second Player Syndrome affect?

Second Player Syndrome affects people of all ages, males and females alike. The biggest cause that we’ve noticed is if these people have older siblings and have been playing video games with them all their lives.

What are the symptoms of Second Player Syndrome?

You know you have Second Player Syndrome when…

  • Your level and experience points are never quite as high as the first player’s due to them taking over most of the boss battles.
  • You run away at most boss battles or become easily stressed out by them.
  • You always collect the most money and gems. For some reason, you’re weirdly attracted to the treasure in the game.
  • When playing in one-player mode, you tend to pass the controller to someone else and say, “You’re turn” or, “Screw this. Here you go!”
  • You don’t have nearly as many games beaten as your older sibling.
  • You’re not that great at video games, but you pretend to be.

How do I cure Second Player Syndrome?

Unfortunately, there is no cure that we know of. The important thing to remember is that Second Player Syndrome is not serious or life threatening. Just keep playing video games and have fun.

Do you suffer from Second Player Syndrome? Or perhaps First Player Syndrome?