The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda Franchise

Link is thrust into his destiny of having to defeat evil by collecting items and tools throughout Hyrule, proving himself a hero and eventually leading to a showdown with a villain. However, his journey is not just as simple as defeating evil and saving the princess. There are multiple and significant psychological concepts at play throughout different variations of this video game. This panel will Link the psychological concepts found with each game for discussion and questions.


Dr. Joe Atanasio [Owner / Psychologist, Joe Atanasio, PsyD], Dr. Anthony Bean [Owner / Psychologist, Bean Professional Psychological Services], Dr. Kelli Dunlap, PsyD [Mental Health and Games Specialist, iThrive Games], Dr. Stephen Daniel [Assistant Professor, Appalachian State University], Boontarika Sripom [Educational Advocate of Video Games, Educational Advocate of Video Games]