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Dad Hacks Into Video Game & Turns Male Heroes Into Girls for His Daughter

by Lindsay Mannering on November 9, 2012 at 5:29 PM

link zeldaGender issues weren't really a concern when I played Zelda back in the day. Link, the main character in the classic Nintendo game, was just a blob on the screen with a sword and a shield -- Link was more an "it" than a "he" or a "she." But these days, with all dem der fancy technological advances, it's evident on the new Zelda games (as I'm learning) that Link is a boy. He's a he, and one dad isn't thrilled about.

After Mike Hoye tried fruitlessly to change the pronouns on the screen from male to female to help his daughter visualize herself as the heroic Link, he did what only awesome, feminist dads would do: he hacked into Zelda and made Link a girl.

Here's how he described it on his blog:

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.

Well, there wasn’t anything to be done about it, certainly not anything easy, but as you might imagine I’m not having my daughter growing up thinking girls don’t get to be the hero and rescue their little brothers.

Stop it. How thoughtful and loving and determined is this guy?

In case you're some tech wizard, or know one, Hoye details how to switch Link from a girl to a boy in step-by-step instructions, but be forewarned. It's mucho complicated. He lost me in the first paragraph where he uses such big time tech words like "GameCube" and "download."

In any event, this story just warms my heart. Little girls can be named Link, little girls can rescue the good guys from the dragons, and little girls can be heroes.

Onward! (Raises sword and shield, sticks out elfin shoe, and starts to march.)

How sweet is this?

(H/T Mommyish)

Photo via Kamikaze Stoat/Flickr

Filed Under: in the news, video games


  • MsRkg


    November 9, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Aww that's so incredibly cute. I could totally see my husband doing something like this if we had a daughter lol.

  • Tracys2


    November 9, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    I love it! I'm pretty sure every computer hero I ever played in my youth (and there were many) was supposed to be a boy/man. I just ignored it, but you're right. These days it's harder to ignore, though usually you do have a choice.

  • power...


    November 9, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    awww that is so cool i wouldnt mind playing linkette rescues zeldarway to go

  • Momma...


    November 9, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    Very sweet... The problem with video games & girls are the females are sluty compared to the males..

    I currently lay a MMO online.. If I put on an outfit, its very slutty, not alot of "armor".. If my DH puts it on his male character, he actually is fully covered & looks like he could enter "battle"..

  • Robin...
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    Robin Hilliker

    November 9, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    umm hate to be the party pooper but their are plenty of games with heroine rather then a hero metroid,Toomb riader , ect. all finalfantisy games have strong female charaters and most have playable female charaters most of them in a mian roll , and almost all newer rpgs let you chose weather to be male or female 

  • Tara...
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    Tara Morris

    November 9, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    Robon, that's true, but as MommaTasha said, female heroes tend to look very slutty, with super-skimpy outfits and so forth.  It's always been very annoying to me.

  • Robin...
    -- Facebook comment from

    Robin Hilliker

    November 9, 2012 at 10:22 PM

    almost none of the Final fantisy games have any charaters in slutty cloths and samus (metroid) is in full body armer 

  • Vegeta


    November 10, 2012 at 12:12 AM
    I've cosplayed as link for many years and kind of take offence to turning him into a girl. What does it matter to play as a boy? You still save the world. If you absolutely must be a girl, play skyrim or metroid or borderlands, or final fantasy, or soul calibur, or Mario party, or warcraft, or basically any other game that gives you plenty of female options.
  • Reepi...


    November 10, 2012 at 2:49 AM

    Why must we erase boys so girls can feel powerful? There is nothing wrong with it being a male character (and you would have to have been an idiot back in the day to not know Link was a boy), it is a game, it doesn't represent real life because I have yet to meet a boy or girl who has gone on missions to rescue a princess. 

  • tuffy...


    November 10, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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