December 2023


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Skyrim: Finally Edition

Posted in Geekery on December 5th, 2023

So I finally got around to playing Skyrim after having picked up the Anniversary Edition a while back, and I have to admit this is the first time I think I have ever looked forward to playing a computer game the way I have looked forward to TTRPGs in the past. I’m kinda weird among Geeks in that I did not grow up playing console games all the time (the only console we ever owned was an Atari 1600 and there were 5 of us kids at the time, so I didn’t get a ton of time on it) so this is kind of a new experience for me.

I’m digging it.

Like any computer-generated thing, it of course has its quirks. The plot is pretty reliant on the idea of the player being the strongest security force in the entire region – I have lost count of how many bandit towers I have cleared out at this point, and I see tons of guards walking around every town. What the heck are these guys even doing?

Then there are AI decisions. I had just managed to smash some mage in a dungeon and steal his toys, and on the way back out we get interrupted by this Spy/Assassin Bad Guy Monologuing at me about how he’s going to kill me and take my stuff. Well, as soon as he stopped talking and regular action came back, I FUS-ROH-DAH‘d his Elven ass through a doorway and into next week, and my companion Lydia the Housecarl runs up and stands in the effing doorway so I can’t go finish him off. Like c’mon, dude, this is the thing we do, we knock them down and kick them in the teeth repeatedly!

Quirks aside, I can highly recommend the Anniversary Edition. I’m about 100 hours into the game and have only hit about 30% completion. Go play!