Sport personalities may possess skill, strength and guile that's beyond what the average person can boast, but they're just people like you and me – and that means they often like the same things we do.
Take Cleveland Cavaliers' Jarrett Allen as an example. This NBA star is a massive Zelda fan, and has a collection of memorablitia related to the franchise, including a 3D-printed Hylian shield. His favourite Zelda game is Ocarina of Time (which was released in the year he was born, fact fans) and, like everyone else, he's a massive fan of Breath of the Wild.
Such is Allen's love of Zelda that when he scores, the iconic 'secret' sound effect is played over the stadium's sound system. This all started at his previous team, the Brooklyn Nets, when he was asked for a sound effect request for when he scored.
According to ESPN's Zach Lowe:
Allen first requested the effect with the Nets, when staffers approached players for suggestions. "It took me about 10 seconds to come up with the perfect one," Allen says. "Short and sweet."
It's a little hard to make out, but you can hear the sound in the following clip, around the 3-minute mark:
[source espn.com, via kotaku.com]
the linked video is right after the sound effect so rewind a bit
@Bustacap Oops! Try again now!
I feel like Nintendo should start sponsoring certain athletes(the ones that are fans obv).
Could help kids/teens get into sports if they see their fav characters being repped on the field/arena.
Oohhhh I thought that was just random, I didn’t realize it was specifically Jarrett Allen!! That’s so cool. There’s also a Mario 1-up sound
Another example of the impact gaming has had on our culture, I love it. I stop every person I see who has a triforce tatoo, Link shirt, etc. for some light Zelda nerding lol
That's awesome. I wish I had Zelda sound effects in my day to day life, like when I find some quarters in between my couch cushions.
Nice 😎 New favorite NBA player after my favorite team Memphis Grizzlies!
I’d do the same thing lol
It's the 8 bit "secret found" effect. I guess the "new item get" effect would be too annoying 😅
Athletes, musicians, actors, etc. have a lot of downtime during travel and breaks. There are a lot of Switch fans, I suspect, because the portability makes it perfect for those times.
Nintendo lawyers at the ready.
Yeah I can't hear any sound effect in that video.
You have to go back at bit or just wait for the next score. Much easier to hear in the next score
I've lost count of how many NBA teams use the sound effects of Mario eating a mushroom or Mario getting a coin during games.
Something about basketball players and Zelda. Story time!
One time, years ago, I was in the pediatric hospital (a biannual occurance for me) and in pediatric hospitals, there's volunteers that come to visit and entertain the kids. People that'll play games with them, people that dress as Spider-Man and clean the windows, trained hospital dogs, etc.
So one day I got asked by a worker I had been friends with for years if I wanted to meet some of the state's team members. I don't know why I said yes. I was 15, a girl, utterly uninterested in sports, and also only 5 foot tall (152cm). They just come to my doorway, but being basketball players, they would've had to ducked to get past my doorjam. They're youngish and cheerful and ask if I have any questions. I of course ask how they got so tall, but then they ask what I do when I'm in. So I say I play videogames, mostly Zelda. Three of them look at the fourth excitedly, who asks which I'd been playing, and I say Ocarina of Time "YOOOO, that's my favorite one!" He exclaimed, and the rest chatter excitedly about loving Zelda games, and we laugh and make obscure references and confuse the snot out of the hospital worker escorting them. We couldn't talk long, but even as a mildly cynical teenager, that was a really cool visit. They gave all the kids signed posters, but I think mone has disappeared, sadly. Big nerds, all of them.
Really cool tidbit. As someone said, many sports teams already use Mario sound effects during games. So this connection to Zelda and a NBA player isn't too surprising.
By the way, does anyone know where that image of Link is from. I feel like I've seen it before, but can't really place where. Maybe from one of the old game manuals? A Nintendo Power comic?
@OldManHermit Imagine if it played BUT you also had a mandatory "wind waker" text box explain what a coin was worth EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
@ManInTheChair I was going to post almost the exact same thing! Go Cavs! Such a fun team.
@aznable Haha. Oh god, yeah that would quickly turn into a nightmare. Like some kind of monkey's paw curse.
"I KNOW HOW MUCH A QUARTER IS WORTH FFS!!"
For some reason when I check out at my local convenience store, the register plays the sound of Sonic getting a ring. Maybe it subconsciously tells me to buy something or else I'm vulnerable to one-hit deaths.
@Muddy_4_Ever As a counterpoint to bringing a Switch on the road, I once read about a few hotshot NFL(?) players that would jaunt on over to the nearest department store whenever they stopped, buy a new PS3 to play in their hotel room, and then just... leave it there when they left.
Not to condemn pro athletes as a species or anything, but throwing ridiculous amounts of money at the world's most meticulously supercharged sacks of testosterone et al can result in strange effects .
For reference, I heard the sound effect at about 2:37 and 3:05. It's a bit buried under the arena sound, but you can hear the jingle. I just listened to a short segment but heard it in roughly those to spots listening closely.
There's a very clear use of the sound effect at about 4:33 in the video if you're having trouble hearing it.
@Thomystic interesting tidbit, a long time ago sega sold commercial software packages that included some stock sound effects. A chinese pachinko machine manufacturer started making cash registers and loaded them with that sonic ring sound. I think that was in the 2000s, so there’s loads of gas stations that still use them
That's very cool. I've also heard Mario sound effects during MLB games in various stadiums. In Cleveland, I'm pretty sure they make the Mario coin-collecting sound every time they score a run (at least for every runner that crosses the plate on a homerun, but possibly all runs); and they play the 1-up sound when their pitchers get a strikeout.
It's pretty crazy that you shared that. Because one of the things I was coming here to mention is that one specific Citgo station just a few miles from where I live has a cash register which, every time I've gone in to buy something, I could swear makes a sound exactly like the Sonic ring sound. And if I'm with someone else, I literally always mention to them. I first noticed it many years ago, maybe 8 or 10, and I'm pretty sure it still does it.
And then I saw your comment as the most recent one, right before I started to mention it in my own. That's really funny, and confirms what I was hearing. Interesting back story about it as well.
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