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6 years, and I’m still in love.

Lise —  February 13, 2018 — 4 Comments

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It feels kind of weird to dedicate a title like that, and a blog post like this to a video game, but that is just how it is. For six years now, one game has been with me since day one when it was released, and i have yet to grow properly tired of it. It’s the fifth game in a series, it is a role playing game and its landscapes really reminds me of the ones we have here in Norway. Some have even called it a Norway simulator when they walk through the woods in game. It is far from a hundred percent accurate, but it is pretty close. The mountains I see in the game, I can also see across the river from where I live. Not exact duplicates, but very similar.

Got a guess about what it is? What I’m talking about is the fifth installment in the Elder Scrolls series published by Bethesda, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The first time i played it was when my roommate at the time brought the game home from work, left it in the living room and then went to sleep. I grabbed the game, stuffed it into his Playstation 3 and 17 hours later i was still playing as eagerly as when I first picked up the controller. I kind of regret sitting in front of the TV screen for that long but boy, i just got immersed in it. I had of course played through some of its predecessors, Morrowind and Oblivion, but there was just something about it that captured my heart. It must be the role playing aspect, and the amazing scenery, both above and below ground. Alternatively in a different realm, even.

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With the addition of mods and expansions a while later, there was always something new that could be added to the game and it just gives it more and more replayability. I don’t think any of my play throughs have been the same and I’m still discovering things years later.

If you haven’t tried it before and you enjoy role playing/adventure games and dragons, you should give Skyrim a try. I’m sure you wouldn’t regret it. unless you really don’t have time to get sucked into an amazing world. You can follow the storyline of the Dragonborn, or you can just live your life as a hunter.. Or you could be a ruthless assassin or the master of the thieves guild. It is pretty much your imagination that is the limit. With the remastered version, and even a Virtual Reality version to pick from, I’m sure you would find one of them to love.

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Games played in September

Lise —  September 25, 2017 — 6 Comments

Cat Quest

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Cat quest is a really cute game where you play as a cat and well.. do quests! It’s a fairly short but entertaining roleplaying game and the art style is really cute. The map and dungeons reminds me of table top games. The game has a lot of references and bad puns and I think it’s really enjoyable. I haven’t finished the whole game yet but I plan on doing it very soon. I’m easily distracted though, so soon could mean anything from next week to next year, depending on how much else I have to do.


 

 Dragon Age: Inquisition

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This is the third game in the Dragon Age series and another that I have finished multiple times. Bioware just does a great job at writing and creating characters that you can pretty much form a bond with, and I keep going back to their games to replay them and relive the magic. It will never be just as special as the very first time I played them, but it always gets very close! The feeling of nostalgia increases with each play through too.


 

The Elder Scrolls Online

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The Elder Scrolls Online, also known as ESO, is an online multiplayer roleplaying game published by Zenimax and Bethesda, and it is in the Elder Scrolls universe. The gameplay takes place in many locations used in earlier games which gives the player a sense of belonging, a sense of recognition. Areas might look a bit different since it is set in a different era but you can still recognize things here and there. I wrote a post about it and the Morrowind expansion a while ago, you can read the whole thing here. It’s a great game, and pretty much never ending.


 

Idle champions of the forgotten realms

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This is a typical idle clicker game set in the Dungeons & Dragons universe. I’m always wary of games like these because I always get so sucked into them and none of them ever seem to have any end in sight. You basically let your heroes kill monsters, you get money for it, you upgrade your heroes, finish their campaign and start over again. It’s repetitive but somewhat entertaining. Wouldn’t recommend this if you don’t like idle clicker games.


 

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This is a simulation/management game where you control duplicants, collect resources, build objects and a proper base for them to survive in. You need to make sure they have enough food, that they keep warm, that they have a place to go to the bathroom, that they research new technologies… You need to provide power, siphon gases and make sure no one gets sick. It’s not difficult to get into, but it is very challenging if you have no idea what you’re doing in the beginning. It’s definitely a try, fail and learn from it kind of game.  One minute your duplicants are doing great, the next they could all be dead.

 

Have you played anything fun this month? 

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With having the Elder Scrolls series banked as my favorite game franchise, it would be odd if I didn’t spend some time talking about their multiplayer game. I pre-ordered the game, tried it at its release in 2014 and hated it. It didn’t have the Elder Scrolls feeling (people who have played it would know what I mean), and I decided to just give it a year to settle in. A lot of online multiplayer games have a rough launch so after a year I decided to try it again  after they also released it on consoles, and I fell in love. They had made a lot of changes, fixed a lot of bugs with patches and I was excited to get into it. Here’s an excerpt from the wikipedia page to give you some information about the game:

As in previous The Elder Scrolls titles, gameplay is mostly nonlinear, with a mixture of quests, random events, and free-roaming exploration of the world. The game does not provide a mode for single-player offline play, although the developers stated that there would be “plenty of content” designed to accommodate players who prefer to play solo. The player is able to play as ten different races; four different varieties of humans: Nords, Redguards, Bretons, and Imperials; Elvish varieties: Dunmer (Dark Elves), Altmer (High Elves), Bosmer (Wood Elves) and Orsimer (Orcs); and more bestial races: the Khajiiti and Argonians. Players must choose one of four classes when creating their character. Each class gives the player various different attacks, spells, and passive effects. The game has other character choices beyond those of race and class, such as the player character also being able to become either a vampire or a werewolf, each of which grants its own skill tree.

As with other games in The Elder Scrolls series, the game is set on the continent of Tamriel. The events of the game occur a millennium before those of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and around 800 years before The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. It has a broadly similar structure to Skyrim, with two separate conflicts progressing at the same time, one with the fate of the world in the balance, and one where the prize is supreme power on Tamriel. In The Elder Scrolls Online, the first struggle is against the Daedric Prince Molag Bal, who is attempting to meld the plane of Mundus with his realm of Coldharbour, and the second is to capture the vacant imperial throne, contested by three alliances of the mortal races. The player character has been sacrificed to Molag Bal, and Molag Bal has stolen their soul; the recovery of which is the primary game objective.

Many parts of the continent of Tamriel are available in the game, with most zones being accessible based on faction. Some zones are accessible with DLC-only from the Crown Store, while others are accessible to players of any faction when they reach a certain level. Players have the opportunity to join any of the three factions warring over the Ruby Throne of the Emperor of Tamriel: the First Aldmeri Dominion (represented by an eagle) led by Queen Ayrenn, composed of the Altmer (High Elf), Bosmer (Wood Elf), and Khajiit races; the Daggerfall Covenant (represented by a lion) led by High King Emeric, composed of the Bretons, Redguard, and Orsimer (Orcs); and the Ebonheart Pact (represented by a dragon) led by Jorunn Skald-King, composed of the Nord, Dunmer (Dark Elf), and Argonian races. Players may also unlock an additional race, Imperial, which may be a part of any of the three factions. The other major ruling faction of Tamriel is the Empire, led by Empress Regent Clivia Tharn, which has fallen into instability and disrepair, and serves as a non-joinable faction. Pre-ordered copies of the game included the “Explorers’ Pack”, which allowed all races to be played in each of the factions, and this feature is available in the Crown Store.

The game begins in the Wailing Prison in Coldharbor, where the player character’s soulless husk has been enslaved. This opening continues another The Elder Scrolls tradition, of beginning the game with the player as a prisoner. After escaping, the base of operations becomes the Harborage, a cave found at each of the starting cities, and is where the Prophet opens portals to the locations of the main questline. Once the Amulet of Kings is retrieved, the headquarters shift to the Hollow City, a location in central Coldharbour blessed by Meridia. Civilians saved from Coldharbour’s prisons arrive in the Hollow City, and it is from there that attacks on Molag Bal’s controlled areas are orchestrated.

As for the statement where they say there is a lot of content for one to play solo; that is absolutely true! It’s sad to say, but I have played the game solo for years, not grouping up with others for anything but dungeons and I have yet to encounter any issues with playing alone.

I used to play the game on my computer, but I gave in sometime last year and purchased it for my Xbox One too, which ties in with my issue of having to own games on a lot of different platforms. I did a post about that last year, but I can’t seem to find it.. Anyways, there isn’t really a difference between the platforms, I just prefer playing some games on a console where the controller is native, instead of having to use a third party controller where some of the buttons won’t work or wont be mapped right.

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My recent Argonian templar character.

The character I currently play as has to be one of my favorites. I had never tried to play as an Argonian before ( I usually just play as a redguard), and I thought I would hate it because the lizard people have always seemed to be so weird with their talk of the hist and whatnot. But I was pleasantly surprised when I leveled up a bit and actually got into the game. There is a quest line in the Hatching Pools where you have to save Argonian eggs from being destroyed and I related to it much more this time around than what I had done before.

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My horse is on fire. Literally.

Recently they released a new “chapter” for the game, incorporating the rest of Morrowind. The first thing I did was to go to Seyda Neen to see the iconic Silt Strider that you see when you first start up the “The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind” game itself. It was very fun to see it in “HD” and to relive the memory of booking a journey to either Gnisis or Suran. You also get a whole new world to discover, new quests to do, new recipes to make, new appearances to collect, new furniture and new homes to purchase. I’m really enjoying it, and hoping that the next chapter will be Oblivion, even though a lot of the areas are already in the game. Or maybe more of Skyrim… or.. Elsweyr? I don’t know, I feel like I’m just ranting at this point so it seems like a good place to stop. Have you played any of the Elder Scrolls games before? 
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When Fallout Shelter was first released in July 2015, I was immediately hooked, but I lost interest very easily. I don’t know why it happened, but I stopped playing for like a year and six months until it now recently got released on xbox one. I thought the console version of it would be really weird after trying the pc version and not liking it as much, but i was pleasantly surprised and I am enjoying it a lot. It might be because it’s more convenient for me to just turn on my xbox and play instead of starting up my pc all of the time.

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Basically, what you do in the game is to manage and build your own vault. You have to make sure that you produce enough power, food and water so that your dwellers stay happy. You assign them to the different rooms based on their S.P.E.C.I.A.L stats, with power needing S (Strength), water needing P (Perceptance) and food needing A (Agility). The stats are the same that are used in the main Fallout games so you’ll get a hang of it pretty quickly if you have played any of them beforehand. However, previous experience with the Fallout franchise isn’t really needed, as the game is a simulation rather than a role playing game like the rest.

Apart from producing resources, you can have your dwellers mate to populate the vault, defend and protect the vault from raiders or deathclaw attacks, send them on quests or just have them explore the wasteland. Their survival is not guaranteed so you will have to make sure to build science labs and medical bays to produce Stimpacks and RadAways. If you successfully finish a quest or survive exploring the wasteland for a while you will be awarded with weapons, outfits or junk to craft new items with, along with caps to purchase upgrades and new rooms.

The game did really well during its release, and is still doing so, even if people got upset with the game having microtransactions. However, the only advantages those would give you were either more Vault Tec lunch boxes or Mister Handy to collect resources for you. I haven’t purchased either and I still enjoy the game a whole lot. It also gives you a sense of responsibility when you have to gather resources and manage everything on your own without the help of a robot to do it for you.

I would recommend this game for everyone who enjoys simulations and micromanaging, and if you have an interest in the Fallout franchise in general. Have you played anything interesting lately? 

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There are a lot of conspiracy theories out there about the Elder Scrolls games, published by Bethesda. I have picked out a few of my favorites to display here, some are mind boggling and others just sound straight up plausible.

1. The stories take place in the future, not in the medieval times.

The game does take place on another planet and we dont know what date it is on earth. (assuming that nirn is in another galaxy and isnt in a completely different dimension) If this theory is true then you could add people from the future and it would be canon.

This theory both makes sense, and doesn’t at the same time. I found this comment in a thread discussing a few points, one of them being the lack of firearms. Some say that the magic they have is enough, while others say that since the magic in Skyrim is “dumbed down” compared to the one being practiced in Cyrodiil. There are a lot of factors to consider, one being that maybe Skyrim, and Tamriel in general, isn’t the ideal place to forage any components needed to create gunpowder, and two, that they just don’t need guns. However about the whole future aspect, it is possible, but just not very likely, in my opinion, unless the world took a step back technology wise.

2. The disappearance of the Dwemer.

For this one there are three “accepted theories”.

– They sent themselves into a plane of Oblivion.

– They were transported to a plane of Oblivion by Azura, held captive and possibly killed.

– They just ceased to exist.

All of these just rub me the wrong way. With the Snow elves, we know they evolved into the Falmer after a long time of being underground, but with the Dwemer, the disappearance seem to be so abrupt! Honestly, if it is true that they disappeared into Oblivion, i would be slightly disappointed and glad to know at the same time. There is so much that could have happened that it is not easy to try to figure it out unless Bethesda decides to address it.

3. Sheogorath is the Hero of Kvatch?

Some fans are speculating that Sheogorath might in fact be the Hero of Kvatch from The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. This is further built on by Sheogorath naming the Hero the new Sheogorath in the events of the Shivering Isles expansion, and also this paragraph from the Sheogorath Wikipedia page.

Sheogorath’s dialogue in Skyrim may suggest that he is the Hero of Kvatch; that character became Sheogorath in the events of the The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles. This is referenced twice by Sheogorath, first with his mention of having been at the Oblivion crisis “for that whole sordid affair” and also with his mention of his position being passed down from him to himself every few thousand years. However, it is also possible that, being an insane Daedric Prince, he was able to watch the events and literally passes the title of Madgod from himself to himself.

It’s a bit out there, but as all other theories, it is plausible!

4. Skyrims bug jars will trigger the apocalypse

There was not a lot written about this one, but i will include the original text just so you can see how insane it is.

Dragons, demons, alternate dimensions…there’s a lot threatening the lives of the people living in The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. However, the biggest threat could potentially come from some bug jars adorned with runes. There have been many different explanations as to the purpose of these mysterious jars, but the most popular theory is that the jars are part of a massive ritual meant to bring on the Elder Scrolls apocalypse. This one is a little too complicated to explain without writing an essay, but it involves dragon slaying, transmutation circles, and mass murder.

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I have definitely thought about theories myself over the years, but none of those are worth mentioning at all!

What are your favorite fan theories about games? Are they too good to be true? Too insane? Let me know in the comments below!