Dad Hacks Zelda Video Game For His Daughter

Published: November 13, 2012

Dad Hacks Zelda Video Game For His Daughter, Mike Hoye changed Link, the protagonist in ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker’ after something annoyed him. Dad hacks Zelda video game to change boy superhero into girl for his daughter, Many little girls think their dads are the greatest dads on earth, but how many can say their dads hacked into a popular video game to change the male protagonist into a female?

Three-and-a-half-year-old Maya is the lucky daughter of Mike Hoye, a gamer and small business owner who reprogrammed the text in The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker so that it would read “she” instead of “he” in reference to the lead character.

So what was his motivation for such time-consuming work?

“I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers,” he explains on his blog.

As Ars Technica reports, Hoye didn’t like a feature in the game that allowed players to change the name of the main character, Link, but didn’t allow them to change his gender as well.

Moreover, he says he was bothered by the fact that other characters always referred to Link as “my lad” and “swordsman.”

Since Maya can’t read yet, Hoye would read the text to her out loud and keep changing the pronouns to reflect his daughter’s gender.

“It’s annoying and awkward, to put it mildly, having to do gender-translation on the fly when Maya asks me to read what it says on the screen,” Hoye writes.

“You can pick your character’s name, of course – I always stick with Link, being a traditionalist – but all of the dialog insists that Link is a boy, and there’s apparently nothing to be done about it.”

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