Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Object of geek desire: Ocarina of Time song rings

For a great many Zelda fans, The Ocarina of Time remains the defining game of the franchise.

Set in a world of grand adventure, it was the first time that players were able to completely immerse themselves in the world of Hyrule and explore it as Link would.  Unsurprisingly, this quickly established the standard for the realistic Zelda titles that would follow (Twilight PrincessSkyward Sword) - but Ocarina of Time remained almost sacrosanct compared to these games.

Unfortunately, it also remained tied to the outdated Nintendo 64 until the the masterful 3DS port was released in 2011... but even this port wasn't enough for hardcore Zelda fans, who longed for an even more portable - perhaps wearable - Ocarina of Time experience.

For these fickle fans, I present this week's object of geek desire:


These legendary Ocarina of Time song rings are the work of the crafty Etsy artist Christian Griffin of Peregrine Studios Artistry.  Each stainless steel ring is set with the simple notes of one of the memorable songs from Ocarina of Time, and will set you back a modest $59.99 (+$3.00 shipping if you're in the US).

The rings are all made to order, and you can select your choice of finish from gold, natural/steel, or bronze - with bronze being the most pleasing and Zelda-esque of the three.  Sure, they're not the flashiest Zelda rings that I've ever seen but you can't beat the price - or the geek cred.

While Griffin is working on Majora's Mask song rings, he currently has a full catalog of Ocarina of Time rings to choose from.  With a few clicks, you can sport the notes for...
  • Nocturne of Shadow
  • Song of Storms
  • Serenade of Water
  • Epona's Song
  • Requiem of Spirit
  • Prelude of Light
  • Zelda's Lullaby
  • The Sun's Song
  • Saria's Song
  • Minuet of Forest
  • Song of Time
  • Bolero of Fire

... on your favorite finger (or toe!)

The urge to order one with Zelda's Lullaby or Song of Time are both quite strong, but the hipster in me would want to order the more obscure Bolero of Fire or Serenade of Water - both of which I remember playing exactly once.