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Hello once again, people of Game Informer. It is I, sorryjzargo, with a blog (more of a rant with a wish-list) about my love of The Elder Scrolls and what I wish will be included in the ever-mysterious Elder Scrolls Online MMO. Without further ado, I present to you my blog.
More Than A Game: A Memory
I arrived on The Elder Scrolls scene relatively late. I visited a friend's house one day after he had spent the entire school day telling me about an amazing game he bought. When he got on his computer, he launched The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, and the gameplay I saw completely blew me away (you could take dead people's clothes off, tee hee). After seeing this amazing game, I went to my local Game Stop, and to my relief they had a copy of Morrowind for the PC. I immediately purchased the game, but at the same time discovered that there was already a sequel out, Oblivion. I was intrigued, but I decided to give Morrowind a try first.
Once installed on my computer, I played the heck out of Morrowind. I think the two things that really grabbed my attention was the ability to attack random citizens and the immense openness of the game. However, the game was incredibly difficult, even on the easiest difficulty (I had no idea how to play roleplaying games at the time), so I kept god-mode on constantly. When I discovered the Construction Set, that further cemented my addiction to the game. Apart from The Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Star Fox 64, I have no stronger memories of games. I played Morrowind for years until...
...my chemistry teacher (known affectionately as my Nerd Master) let me borrow his copy of Oblivion. I had seen Oblivion at my friend's house (the same friend that showed me Morrowind), and I knew that I must have it. My teacher graciously lent me his copy for the XBox 360, and I later bought a PC copy (for $5 at Half-Price Books!). Oblivion kept me addicted to the Elder Scrolls for years to come, but wasn't as strongly memorable as its precursor Morrowind.
Finally, most of my Elder Scrolls dreams came true in Skyrim. The epic game that has defined my last several months is a true masterpiece, and, in my opinion, very worthy of the Game of the Year title it won. Although it is flawed, you can't match Skyrim in the amount of awesomeness and staying-power it possesses.