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Many things come into mind when one says that word. Skyrim is many things. And
most of them are beautiful ones.
something that Skyrim absolutely nails is the feeling of a living, breathing
people see a very long and addicting game, I see the closest representation of
what I would call nature in a videogame.
people see a map full of quests and dungeons to explore, I see a never-ending
amount of places, people and nature to see and discover.
people see only a game...
... I see the
most rich and beautiful nature simulator in the digital arts.
As I write
and type these words, and as you are reading the letters of my creation; I have
a very specific and special song playing inside my head. This is a very special
song I will talk about later on, but it's the very reason this blog decided to
And as I
continue these paragraphs I can't help but distract myself on thinking Skyrim's
world is still flowing and carrying on. For, you see, once I exit Skyrim's
world the world doesn't cease to exist there, but instead it keeps on living. I
merely just stopped participating in it, but the world and people carry on
The same as
the moment I close my eyes and delve deep into my own dreams. The world just
keeps on going, the people and towns as we speak are continuing its usual
doesn't need my presence to carry on.
without me, the world keeps on going.
played, experienced or even seen TES V: Skyrim in action (outside buildings of
course) we can agree Skyrim, no matter what platform version, is a technical
marvel. The amount of detail is sometimes mind-blowing. May it be from the
grass, to small rocks, to various types of bushes and flowers, to those
beautiful particle effects coming from your magic spells; Skyrim is full of
detail that sometimes I don't even notice. Or, from so many detail and things
going on, manage to notice later on.
For me, it
is clear that the thing I most love from Skyrim is exploring the nature
surrounding it. I don't like and don't want to enter into boring-looking
dungeons. I want to keep getting marveled at Skyrim's enormous map full of all
kinds of different flora and fauna. There's just so much variety of both of
them (although some fauna can be quite creepy) all around the world, and while
some are found underground and not everyone will be able to marvel at them,
Skyrim is what I would call a the most living world in the history of videogames
want to think about how much time was put into the outside world of Skyrim, or
even less how much it cost to do so.
Even the normal blizzards found on some parts of the map, although I'm
marveled from them, it just makes me want to think how deep the budget bucket had to
be for this game. That bucket must have been quite bottom-less.
instance, GTA IV, one of my favorite games of all-time; featured to that date
the most realistic, breathing-living world in a videogame. The amount and
attention to the streets and pedestrians was shocking. The graphics back in the
day were amazing, (makes me so sad how ugly the game can look now sometimes)
The city didn't felt like a place, but that of as a character. You wouldn't toy
in it in quite the same sadistic way, you'd live
But I have
gone off-topic here, what I wanted to mention is that GTA IV's development
costs were above 100 million dollars (!) Leaves you thinking when seeing Skyrim
how much money must have gone into it. Of course, Bethesda must be sitting in a
mountain of money as we speak. The game must have sold incredibly well. The
game was a verified success.
I have deviated from the main topic.
world has its own characters, too. All with their own houses, activities, jobs,
families, couples, sons, etc. They feel quite alive for sure. This aspect only
adds to Skyrim's overall magical feeling of exploration. Of taking part in a
world where itself convinces you that it's not that far away from reality. That
it shares so many similarities and applies them in such a convincing and
magnificent way that Skyrim feels like another living world.
speak, my Skyrim world; yes mine, is continuing its daily
activities. The citizens, the animals, the monsters, the necromancers and
vampires waiting to be decapitated my unbelievably good One-handed skills.
Every player's Skyrim world is different, and feels different too. The way they
explore, the paths they take, the people they meet, the ones they they talk to,
the ones they decide to help and the ones they simply ignore. This has been
said hundreds of times before but, no
Skyrim world, character or playthrough come even close of being similar.
still full of experiences yet to be encountered. For everyone.
is so expansive and big I simply cannot believe someone has already explored
and completed everything. Talked to every single person in all of Skyrim?
Including those in dungeons, caves or campfires around the nature, too? Yeah,
right. Skyrim feels like a never-ending game that will keep surprising players.
And I believe, just like with Fallout 3, I will never get to visit or see every
single thing in the game's map. It takes truly a dedicated in-game explorer to
visit all the possible places in Bethesda's games.
have had a side-effect or impact on my every day routine for me.
I have to
say the things I've seen around Skyrim are really memorable. From the nature
itself to the music. It's all something that has glued to my gamer mind.
One of the
most recalled memories I have from Skyrim in my initial hours is my discovery
of the game's own Auroras. Those colorful and beautiful light spectacles going
on on the arctic regions of our world are present in our Skyrim. I have to say, from all kinds of different
natural phenomena that I know; I didn't expect those beautiful blue-ish and
greenish light shows to appear in my Skyrim travels.
A sunny day
in Skyrim, or the greatly detailed clouds splashed all over the sky also form
part of my Skyrim visual memories. And this is where the funny and curious
thing comes in.
phenomenons in Skyrim seem so real and feel so real that when I look up to the
sky, in real life, I'm not only remembered of Skyrim's beautiful natural
spectacles, but I can't always seem to find a big difference in both. You see,
Bethesda achieved such a detail in their game that I have stopped differentiating
between real life and, what I would call Skyrim, virtual life. Now I am
performing such a transcendental action.
I no longer
differentiate between both vistas.
there. I'm not exactly saying Skyrim has bucked up my cognitive abilities to
differentiate between what's real and what's not.
world achieved such a magnificent and gorgeous natural status that when I look
up to the sky, may it be day or night, while seated on my car one word
instantly comes to mind. As if it were a reminder of some sorts. I look up and
such an impact on me that now I can recall places, memories and vistas from the
game in our own reality.
creepy actually. When you think about what the future technology in games will
be able to provide us, and the way Bethesda will put it into use, and
mentioning how Skyrim is already amazing-looking, well; it is f*cking creepy.
Happiest Memory in the World
that song I mentioned early in the introduction.
this certain memory. This certain event that happened to me in Skyrim. One that
was so beautiful and yet so powerful that I haven't been able to forget it. I
can remember it with exactitude. Both visually and audibly. And the beginning
seconds of the song have become also my favorite in all of Skyrim's soundtrack.
And also one of my favorite soundtracks in a game.
It was my 2nd day in Skyrim. I
can't exactly remember where I was headed. But it doesn't matter.
I'm alone at night. Both in the game and in my
house, for everyone in my house was already asleep. It almost seemed like the
time in both circumstances were exact.
No sound at all on my house. No barking from my
neighbor's dogs. No car sounds. Nothing. Just the sound coming out from my TV.
The volume is in a decently put spot.
And then it started.
That one song began.
And as it begin to marvel my ears and invade
all of my silenced room.
I look up.
My first Aurora Borealis is present there. As
I'm slowly amazed and marveled, I turn my sight in-game to the front. I see I'm
entering a forest.
And suddenly, leaves start shedding from the
trees and are being carried away by the calm and serene wind.
They are coming towards my face.
I turn my sight to the right as I hear some
steps on the grass. It's a deer passing by as I'm walking. He turns his head
towards me but he keeps walking without any worry. And then I turn up again, I
It's the first time I see her and she's wrapped
in all of her glory.
And then they all left.
The night, the stars, the aurora, the leaves,
the moon and the deer.
No trace of any of them. It's a complete
different environment now.
In a snap,
It all ended.
All of this
happened in a matter of seconds.
in the same time.
know why, but that's my most cherished and precious personal memory from Skyrim
so far. No other moment has come even close to that one.
It was such
a perfect chain of events. So unique. I feel like if I had just experienced
that certain chain of events was the most beautiful things I could experience
from the game.
true. No other moment has come close of that one night alone in the woods. And
alone in my room.
It was all
you do in the following months, and whether you are or not a TES fan, and if
you consider yourself a gamer or even consider gaming as more than just a passtime,
am not a TES fan. I know very little of its universe and lore. But that didn't
stop me from immensely enjoying Skyrim.
though. The moment you get Skyrim, the way you see videogames will be changed.
one of those games that paying more than 300 dollars for it would still feel
worth it. Because it's just that great.
delve into Skyrim prepare for a chain of beautiful feelings. What makes Skyrim
is its world. The feelings you get from it are just indescribable. The
breathtaking beauty of the world of Skyrim will hit you. Hard. Like no other
game has ever done before.
Skyrim is more than just a video game.
than just an experience.
the closest thing to a second life.