[quote="Spencerian, post:5, topic:243017"]
The Zelda series has a mild religious overtone to it (the power of the mystical Triforce). But it's overall themes (the vanquishing of evil by a young boy turned, effectively, a paladin) is consistent and true to itself. Nintendo prides itself on accepting games that do not contain graphic violence or other offensive material, so as games go, the Zelda series is a safe, enjoyable bet.
Well, it's more than that. There's also the whole backstory with the Golden Goddesses, Nayru, Din, and Farore, as well as other "gods" that Link interacts with--Cyclos and Zephos in The Wind Waker, for instance. Lately, they've been playing it a bit safer with "Spirits" instead, but that doesn't exactly solve the problem.
Now personally, I don't see this as a huge obstacle. As I see it, Hyrule is a world in which God chose to create a class of beings somewhere between humans and angels, and many of these have taken to calling themselves gods. (Cyclos, in particular, gets miffed when his shrine at Dragon Roost Island gets knocked over.)
The only moral issue I see is that these beings are never taken to task for making themselves gods, but I can't really expect that since I'm already reading more into it than is probably there. The whole "spirits" thing is probably an aspect of Japanese culture that I'm not familiar with.
Besides, it's clear that these beings aren't nearly in the same league as the God. Heck, Ganondorf got to be a "god" for a while in Twilight Princess, in which all of the Light Spirits got their butts kicked by bugs. Termina, if I remember correctly, owes its existence to a mistake or at least an unintended side effect of Nayru, Din, and Farore's act of creating Hyrule. Additionally, they don't have any control over how their power that they infused into the Triforce is used, which is evident from how Ganon(dorf) can get it and use it in ways for which it wasn't intended.
For that matter, why create the thing in the first place if they had to hide it away so no one could use it? The more I think about it, the more I get the feeling that the Golden Goddesses are just dense. :confused:
As for the actual violence aspect, you're probably perfectly fine claiming that it's acceptable in the name of justice and protecting the innocent. Besides, most of the enemies are either non-sapient critters or already (un)dead. But not all of them! Moblins, Bulblins, Zora, and probably Bokoblins are known to be intelligent and even civilized. I'll never understand how shooting a Gerudo in the head with an arrow just knocks her out for a moment, but this protection pretty much only extends to them. Then again, most of the enemy people are attacking Link, so it's probably justifiable self-defense if nothing else.
All in all, I think it's fine for any discerning Catholic. I can't see it being an occasion of sin for most people, apart from spending too much time on video games in general. If it comes down to "honor they father and thy mother," then you'll have to give it up, but I don't think it will be that much of a problem.
You know what's odd, though? I go to Zelda Dungeon Forums and end up talking about Catholic moral issues, and now I'm on Catholic Answers Forums talking about Zelda. Man, I love the Internet!