THE ELDER SCROLLS V: SKYRIM

E3 2017: Everything that went down at Sony’s press conference

Our virtual hearts are pounding.

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God They’re Porting Skyrim Again

The year is 2030. Bethesda’s The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has successfully been ported to the human brain. Doctors describe this as a milestone in medical engineering but also the guy who now has it running in his brain feels like he might actually finish the game now. On Reddit, people are…

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I’m Going Absolute Sicko Mode With Fallout and Skyrim Mods

I have a tough time deciding what to play. My backlog, like so many of our loom Death Mountains of Steam Sale purchases, gives me the kind of analysis paralysis human beings were bred to handle. At the same time, my addictive personality really ties me down to a single game…

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Games Like Skyrim — Enderal, Dragon’s Dogma, and More

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is one of the most popular, most widely-ported roleplaying games of all time. So, if you’ve already bought Todd’s game on your Xbox 360, PS4, PC, Switch, and fridge, you might be looking for something similar. Here are a few games that should appeal to fans…

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We’re All Todd Howards Climbing Mountains in the Hyperreality of Skyrim

See that mountain? You can climb it. These sentences were apparently uttered by Todd Howard during the presentation of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo. But try to find that moment, and you’ll be met with memes, bug montages, references to mountains and open world games, and…

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Video Game Food Is Nourishment for These Hobby Free Times

If you’re a millennial, it’s a known fact that you’ve personally killed at least three industries, businesses, or hobbies. It’s nothing to do with the housing market ladder getting pulled up in front of you, skyrocketing rent, or stagnant wages. It’s because you — yes, you reading this right now…

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The Top 7 Columnar Basalt Formations in Games

Columnar basalt formations! Who among us isn’t familiar with these typically hexagonal volcanic arrangements? These fascinating geologic creations are formed by evenly spaced contractions as lava cools. Sure, the Giant’s Causeway and Toketee Falls are among the most famous examples, but columnar basalt formations are easy to find in our…

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ASMR Let’s Plays Provide a Different Way to Experience Games

If you had to guess, how much overlap is there between ASMR and gaming YouTube? Probably not much, right? The stereotypes of each seem diametrically opposed — quiet whispers and calming visuals on the one hand and excitable shouting and graphical chaos on the other. And yet, some YouTubers have…

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RPGs, Adventure, and the Fantasy of Perpetual Growth

Just as Playboy was once read for the articles, we claim we come to RPGs for the narrative, or the characters, or the world-building. But looking at where our time is actually spent during play (and more to the point, where the design leads us) tells a different story. The…

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The Most Rotten Eggs in Games

Eggs are often very useful in video games. You can use them to cook in Breath of the Wild, sell them for money and affection in Stardew Valley, and even use them to create death-defying elixirs in Tales of Berseria. However, there are also eggs that are not so helpful,…

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How Enderal Plays With Player Expectations

Enderal, SureAI’s ambitious, mechanically dense Skyrim overhaul mod is not really a mod at all. At this point, it’s better described as a massive roleplaying game that uses Skyrim’s engine and assets to create a new world populated by its own cast of characters. It also tells a substantially darker,…

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I Finally Understand Why VR Is Dope as Hell

There was a local arcade called FunScape that I went to in the mid-to-late 90s. This place had everything—bumper cars, minigolf. It was connected to a movie theater and had the widest selection of games in the area. But most importantly, FunScape had a VR station. Through some searching, I…

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9 Thanksgiving Leftovers and Their Video Game Equivalents

It was Thanksgiving in the United States of America this week, a holiday where families came together to disagree with each other while perpetuating a lie they don’t know they’ve been told. Also Goku was there! And the food, hot dang! Mama’s twice-baked potatoes, birds stuffed inside of other birds,…

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E3 2017: Bethesda press briefing

Knifey-shooties, black humor, and open worlds, oh yeah, we got 'em all.

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Skeletons I have known and loved

A little romance for Hallow's Eve.

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Dating sims are normal now

Romance games used to be considered the province of lonely women and creeps. But these days, everyone's playing dating sims -- even if they don't realize it.

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Fallout 4, Skyrim mod support called off on PS4, citing problems with Sony

'Sony has informed us they will not approve user mods the way they should work.'

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Everything that went down at Bethesda’s E3 press conference

Bethesda's E3 press event just wrapped up here in Los Angeles, and we've got all the highlights.

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