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Entire Twilight Princess Script Available Online

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the respect-the-ones-with-no-life. dept.

Nintendo 54

1up notes, briefly, an enormous present for any dedicated Zelda fan that hasn't been able to work through Twilight Princess yet. The extremely cogent 'Mgoblue201' has uploaded a massive text file to GameFAQs, with the entire script of the game available to read. The author means business: he has jotted down every line of dialogue in the game, including the ones where you as a player try to do something nonsensical, or when you do something out of the ordinary. Mgoblue also offers a good deal of interstitial text to connect the various scenes. Here is some of his work from the very first scene of the game: "FADO: Hey hey, where are you goin' without Epona? Hurry on up an' bring her with you, bud. [Link rushes through the shadowy coat of the forest, which parts ways to let in the path to the springs, where he finds Ilia bathing Epona in the eerie glow of the twilight]" At the end of the document he looks at some of the apparent inconsistencies between the Zelda games, and attempts to make sense of the fractured 'Hero of Time' timeline. If you want to find out how the game ends, or don't understand something you breezed past, Mgoblue has you covered.

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DMCA Anyone? (1)

NJVil (154697) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991096)

How long until someone invokes the DMCA to shut this horrible infringement down? Any guesses?

Re:DMCA Anyone? (1)

Breakfast Pants (323698) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991248)

YouTube faces the same thing. Each somewhat professional looking clip that I ever seen on there that happens not to be owned by someone else, inevitably has lifted music.

Re:DMCA Anyone? (2, Insightful)

Dark Kenshin (764678) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991262)

Around the same time all game walkthroughs, FAQs, forums, etc. get shut down.

Actually... (3, Informative)

Xenographic (557057) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992870)

I've always loved the silly (and sometimes crazy) copyright notices that come with FAQs.  How many people even read this crap?  :]

(Some "junk characters" were stripped to appease the lameness filter.)

        /\    i. Legal
       /  \
      /    \
     /______\ This FAQ was fully written by me and submitted to Gamefaqs.com
    / \    / \ under my jurisdiction. Therefore it abides by federal copyright
   /   \  /   \ standards, and if you rip off it in any form, you will be sent
  /     \/     \ to the gallows. No, actually most of this text is taken
  -------------- verbatim from the game, so I have no dominion over it in a
litigious sense.

Re:DMCA Anyone? (1)

DeathPooky (559729) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992480)

Well, this is just plain old copyright infringement, not copyright circumvention, so I'm guessing no time soon. I'm guessing Nintendo won't sue, but I have no problem recognizing a script for a video game (or for that matter a movie) being under control of the original author.

Re:DMCA Anyone? (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995366)

The DMCA is also used for making webhosts take down alledgedly infringing material without needing to involve any courts.

Re:DMCA Anyone? (1)

dsparil (844576) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992960)

Considering people having been doing this for at least eight years without issue, never.

Re:DMCA Anyone? (2, Informative)

AEton (654737) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994432)

Probably a very long time. This document's been online since Jan. 25 -- I read a bit of it weeks ago -- and Slashdot's attention shouldn't do much.

i'm curious (3, Funny)

President_Camacho (1063384) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991136)

The author means business: he has jotted down every line of dialogue in the game, including the ones where you as a player try to do something nonsensical

So what does it say about writing down all the dialogue in the game?

As a homage to our now-gone friend... (4, Funny)

Spy der Mann (805235) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991612)

So what does it say about writing down all the dialogue in the game?

I just tried it. A mysterious metallic character appears in front of Link, and says:

Hello, there! It looks like you're trying to write down the entire dialogue! Would you like to know more about...

* copyright infringement,
* videogame addiction,
* psychiatric help?

Netcraft confirms it: (1)

numbski (515011) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992518)

Clippy is dead.

No, really. He's dead. Honest [nyud.net] .

How about. (2, Interesting)

Frogbert (589961) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991144)

I realise there is probably a good technical reason why this isn't possible but wouldn't it be a bit easier to download a rip of the game and extract all the text? I know it wouldn't give context but it would greatly reduce typing.

Re:How about. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17991548)

Good question... I ripped the game last week (gamecube version) just to see if I could get any cool images or textures (using some of the homebrew tools)... unfortunately **everything** that's a resource file (except the intro movie) is compressed into some proprietary compressed format.

Although there are homebrew tools to decompress them, the tools are very buggy and the file names aren't always apparent to what they contain.

But in theory, find the right file (or files), decompress it/them, and you have the whole script for the game.

I think it would be much easier and more worth someone's time to do **that** than what this guy did...

Re:How about. (1)

mrbobjoe (830606) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994680)

fyi: in_cube [hcs64.com] for playing the streamed audio

Block (-1)

hahafaha (844574) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991174)

Has anyone else noticed that GameFAQs is blocking the direct link to the file, so you actually have to search for it?

I have downloaded it. If you want, email me at lgrinberg@gmail.com [mailto] , and I will send you the link to my server.

Re:Block (1)

Wagoo (260866) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991232)

$ wget "http://db.gamefaqs.com/console/wii/file/zelda_tp_ script.txt"
<snip>
02:14:01 (157.27 KB/s) - `zelda_tp_script.txt' saved [500106/500106]
They are?

Re:Block (1)

hahafaha (844574) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991338)

Or, you can do that. Though, I am confused, why does that work. They are trying to block by referral link. Does wget not send that?

Re:Block (1)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991578)

How can it? What do you want it to send, the command line? :) It doesn't know where the URL came from, there's no way it can generate a referrer without being told what it is.

You can tell it to send a referrer (via "--referer" - the misspelling comes from the HTTP spec) on the command line. You can set any number of headers, actually, using the "--header" argument. All around it's a very powerful utility.

Re:Block (1)

jlarocco (851450) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991634)

Or, you can do that. Though, I am confused, why does that work. They are trying to block by referral link. Does wget not send that?

When you navigate directly to a URL, in a browser or with wget, there is no referrer. And even if there was, it's unimportant because most web browsers let you turn off that "feature".

Re:Block (1)

arodland (127775) | more than 7 years ago | (#17993238)

Probably the decision not to block on null Referer was made not out of consideration for users with oddball browsers and privacy-protecting proxies (really, most site operators will still screw you without thinking about it) -- but to make sure that people can bookmark the guides from their site and get back to them. Browsers don't remember a "previous page" along with a bookmark, so they send no referer, same as for an entered URL.

Re:Block (1)

Incoherent07 (695470) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994300)

In the case of GameFAQs, it's almost certainly the former. After all, if you go straight to the guide, you don't see any ads. If you go to the Twilight Princess game page, you see exactly one, but hey, that's more than zero. That's why they block non-null referrers which aren't within the site; I assume somewhere down the line null referrers were allowed due to such a concern.

This has been the stated policy for years, too, even before the CNET deal. This was pitched to the author community as "hey, tell people not to direct-link to your FAQ so they'll go look at the other ones too". Whether people bought it or not is another question, but I adhered to it in the few guides I wrote because I liked the place (even if the boards are festering cesspools).

Re:Block (1)

kisrael (134664) | more than 7 years ago | (#17996622)

(even if the boards are festering cesspools).
FWIW, when you want specific advice on a specific game, I don't know of a better place to go...
plus, more older games have a bit of community going on there than anywhere else I've seen.

You do get a lot of stupid msgboard-games played, but still.

Re:Block (1)

master0ne (655374) | more than 7 years ago | (#17993092)

you might want to check your copy.... Not Found The requested URL /console/wii/file/zelda_tp_ script.txt was not found on this server. is where that wget points to (you put a space between tp_[space]script.txt, if you enter the right url, even without page refers turned on, it still prohibits me from accessing the file directly, it looks like its set up to only allow access if you were refered from a spefic or domain...

Re:Block (1)

KDR_11k (778916) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995396)

That space is added by Slashdot's comment code that prevents a line from containing a "word" (well, long string without whitespaces) that breaks the table layout.

Re:Block (3, Informative)

UbuntuDupe (970646) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991340)

Or ... you could just go to the Zelda:TP page [gamefaqs.com] and click on the "Game Script" link under "In-Depth FAQs".

(Do not interpret this post to mean I regularly visit gamefaqs.com)

Re:Block (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17993710)

(Do not interpret this post to mean I regularly visit gamefaqs.com)
Too late, you gamefaqs fanboy.

Re:Block (3, Informative)

Vaevictis666 (680137) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991360)

The proper thing to do, from Gamefaqs' point of view, is to link to the game page itself [gamefaqs.com] and inform people they want the "Game Script" under in-depth faqs.

Re:Block (1)

Bieeanda (961632) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992168)

GameFAQs has done that as a matter of course, for a very long time now. It isn't a conspiracy to keep people from finding the script.

Re:Block (1)

hahafaha (844574) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992238)

I never suggested that it was a conspiracy. I only meant that the link from the post suggested that we could directly access the script, which turned out to not be the case.

As many other people pointed out, this could easily be avoided by using, for example, wget.

Re:Block (1)

NosTROLLdamus (979044) | more than 7 years ago | (#17993570)

Oh you!

Forget Zelda (2, Funny)

subl33t (739983) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991180)

Where's the script to Final Fantasy VII? I still don't know wtf happened.

Re:Forget Zelda (2, Funny)

Rydia (556444) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991496)

Unfortunately, I don't think the script will help you with that.

Re:Forget Zelda (3, Informative)

bigstrat2003 (1058574) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991620)

Here you go. FF7 script [gamefaqs.com]

That's easy! (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17991724)

The main character Cloud is insane due to radiation exposure, being a SOLDIER and other crap, his girlfriend Aeris is an alien from a tribe that exists to heal the planet due to their Gaia hypothesis magical materia and that's why she has the white materia with Holy. So Aeris gets stabbed by Sephiroth the psycho with the Jehovah, err, Jenovah cells (and any allusion to Revelation is strictly coincidental), and uses the black materia with Meteo err, Meteor now that we can have 6 characters for spell names. You can also thank the mad scientist guy and the decapitated body of the evil alien thing with the cells of evil, and the evil megacorp sucking the planet's energy dry, among others.

In the end, they all gain ridiculous powers and kill off Sephy to a bunch of operatic music using the white materia to stop the black materia and rebalancing the planet's chakra with yin and yang to destroy the evil infecting it and leeching it dry.

In short, it's an environmental morality play saying that humanity is an infection that Gaia is trying to destroy, but that we'll be okay if we all learn to live in harmony with nature by adopting animist religious principles like those native to Japan, instead of trying to dominate the planet and suck out all its coal/oil/gas/nuclear materials, err, I mean materia.

Simple, no? But really, many of the Final Fantasy games have been about the environment and how we have to keep the forces of nature in balance, along with random magical science like incorporating quantum mechanics into the Spirits Within movie, materia as nuclear energy, loads of Gaia hypothesis stuff and various other random references to all sorts of different things.

Re:That's easy! (1)

MasterGwaha (1033282) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995948)

hey that was a pretty good explanation!

Re:Forget Zelda (1)

FishWithAHammer (957772) | more than 7 years ago | (#17997474)

Guy with mommy issues tries to destroy the world. Film at 1997.

What, does he want a job as a game tester? (2, Insightful)

Animats (122034) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991234)

That's the sort of grunt work game testers do, forcing every possible case in the game.

Video Games Need Page Numbers (1)

LionKimbro (200000) | more than 7 years ago | (#17991618)

If you want to critique a video game story, or describe what it's saying about the world, or argue some point about the story, you need to reference the source materials.

But the game isn't easily browsable. You can't (yet) tell a video game, "Take me to page 274, I need to see what Cecil [wikipedia.org] said right there."

It makes citations [yahoo.com] a real problem, too.

Michigan? (1)

magicchex (898936) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992304)

This makes me sad to be a Michigan [mgoblue.com] student. :(

Re:Michigan? (1)

Gertlex (722812) | more than 7 years ago | (#17993608)

Nah. Makes me wonder if this crazy man is in my dorm. I certainly see a few that look like they'd be the type here. :D

Re:Michigan? (1)

glowingsnowball (973747) | more than 7 years ago | (#17997336)

Getting spanked by OSU didn't do that?

Re:Michigan? (1)

magicchex (898936) | more than 7 years ago | (#18013892)

How'd ya guys do against the Gators again? Refresh my memory.

And what are the total historical win-loss numbers?

Infocom Zelda (1)

spezz (150943) | more than 7 years ago | (#17992618)

So if you had the time and inclination, you could cobble together a choose your own adventure version of Zelda, right? You have the dialog trees and narrative progression already. If you combined it with a googlemapsy version of Hyrule, you could have a web 2.0, ajax enabled monstrosity, right there at your fingertips.

Re:Infocom Zelda (1)

Arguendo (931986) | more than 7 years ago | (#18001468)

I think it's safe to say this guy has the time and inclination.

Why not just read the disk? (1)

Myria (562655) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994016)

It's much easier to simply read the disk then write a program to extract the data. Since Wii mod chips are coming, at least some people can read them.

Re:Why not just read the disk? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#18003840)

Wii discs are encrypted, and the decryption method is not known yet. The modchips just enable the encrypted discs to be copied exactly.

However Twilight Princess is available for gamecube as well, where there is no encryption and modchips readily available.

Swallowed a thesaurus? (1)

Happosai (73708) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994716)

Crickey, has this guy run his comments through a digital thesaurus or something? I read the first few introductory paragraphs, and they contain the most inappropriate words and turns of phrase...doesn't really make me want to read the rest of the doc (I've completed LoZ:TP anyway).

[Happosai]

Re:Swallowed a thesaurus? (1)

Leffe (686621) | more than 7 years ago | (#18000526)

His first language is probably English.

can't post without subject (1)

SuchiRu (675808) | more than 7 years ago | (#17994800)

nothing to see here move along, seriously what is with these completely useless articles on slashdot of late. this has been up on gamefaqs for HOW long now? come on, i expect more sometimes. i'm going back to 4chan, better and faster news

Easy to reproduce... (1)

Cloud K (125581) | more than 7 years ago | (#17995988)

Some person: "Blah blah blah blah"
Link: ......
Another person: "Blah de blah de blah blah"
Link: (gestures)
Some person: "So you must blah de blah blah"
Link: (nods)
Another person: "What do you think about xyz?"
Link: (shrugs)

etc

Mgoblue201 (1)

hansamurai (907719) | more than 7 years ago | (#17996168)

Wow, I actually know that guy. Through internet frienship only of course, but I've known him since about 2000. That is really weird, I think I'm going to have to go harass him tonight when I get home from work.

Wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#17999232)

And I thought _I_ didn't have a life!

Game Script (1)

Mgoblue201 (1063980) | more than 7 years ago | (#18008350)

To answer the question on everybody's mind, it took me, on average, between an hour or two a day. But I did not simply supplement that with my internet time. Instead of scouting slashdot or checking out zany youtube videos or keeping up my facebook or myspace, none of which I actually do, I worked on the script. Yes, I do have time for college and sports and 24 and Boston Legal and, believe it or not, other people. No, I am not a mouth breather who has memorized Pi to the 300th digit and gets his kicks out of, blindfolded, being able to tell the difference between a Celeron and a Pentium by licking them. I do not do Rubix cubes in my sleep. I devoted some time so other Zelda fans could finally be able to read the game's dialogue at their leisure. And the response has been decent. I'm getting a lot of sites that want to host the file. So it isn't all bad. But man, everybody wants someone to write the guide, but then that person gets put under the meat grinder when they do it.

Also, there is no dialogue rip from the game that I am aware of. Perhaps I am wrong, but even if there was, it would be an absolute nightmare trying to organize it all. Think nearly 500k worth of dialogue all jumbled up in a completely random order, and for every line I come to in the game, I'd have to find it in the word file and place it in its proper order. Just for my sanity I'd rather do it the way I did it. It also gave me the chance to play the game again and enjoy it. By the end, it was probably about a 50 hour file, which is how long it took me to beat the game the first time.

Great for English speakers in Japan (1)

Takichi (1053302) | more than 7 years ago | (#18008666)

I was holding off buying a Wii here in Japan because I wouldn't be able to understand the story and dialog. With the English dialog written out, it seems I have a workaround. I wish games had foreign subtitles like on DVDs.
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