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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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There’s no place like home after a long day of adventuring. Homestead, The Elder Scrolls Online’s player housing system, is coming in February 2017. Learn what you can expect at launch, including how many homes there will be, how you get them, and details about home decorating and furniture crafting!

When Bethesda first announced that #eso would finally allow us to have a player home, almost two years after its original release, a lot of people thought that this would be just like the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim expansion, #Hearthfire.

There is nothing wrong with Hearthfire and it was a welcome addition to the game, with the chance to customize your home and the possibility of adopting children, but it did feel a bit limited. With Homestead, however, it seems that Bethesda and Zenimax has gone all out, giving the players the choice of choosing between around 40 unique homes and having over 2000 home decoration items and furniture available for them to craft.

Even with all of this available, the player will not have a full home right away. After finishing the tutorial, all the player is left with is a room in an inn, but they can expand to a proper house afterwards, if they can afford it, of course.

When it comes to the interior decorating part, (something that a lot of players most likely will focus the most on), they claim that no two houses will end up looking the same since there is such a huge variety of items, and crafting styles. You can choose to go all #Argonian style or #Dunmer, or #Nibenese or mix the three (or other styles) if you wish to do so. I’m sure we will find that out when it gets implemented in the game in February.

When it comes to the interior decorating part, (something that a lot of players most likely will focus the most on), they claim that no two houses will end up looking the same since there is such a huge variety of items, and crafting styles. You can choose to go all Argonian or Nibenese or mix the t I’m sure we will find that out when it gets implemented in the game in February.

All of this sounds like it would be a lot to remember, but fret not, Bethesda promised that a handy guide will be available upon its release! They did release a short list full of information though, I’ll include that here.

  • Houses are instanced, so you don’t have to worry about racing to grab the perfect spot of land
  • Furniture you create via Furniture Crafting can be sold to other players
  • You will be able to preview homes before you purchase, both furnished and unfurnished
  • You will be able to allow friends and guildmates to visit your home; they can travel to your home via the group, friends, or guild lists while you’re in it, or by selecting “Visit House” by clicking on your name in those same lists when you’re offline
  • You can grant trusted friends permission to decorate existing placed items in your home (they cannot add or remove items from your home)
  • You can also allow those who are not on your friends list or in your guilds to visit and/or decorate your home by adding them as a “Visitor” or “Decorator” in your House Settings
  • You’ll be able to conveniently fast travel to your homes via the World Map, similar to how Wayshrines currently work (but cost free), as well as directly via the Collections menu
  • You can allow visitors into your new home – a visiting player simply needs to teleport to you
  • Homes are secure – other players are not able to break into homes and steal items. Sorry, Thieves Guild!

Are you looking forward to being able to customize your own home? Does anyone even invest time into stuff like that anymore?

1. Piper Wright – Fallout 4

Piper is a News Journalist located in Diamond City in the Commonwealth. She runs Publick Occurences with her younger sister Nat, and is shunned by many in the city. I really enjoy the chemistry between her and my character, and i always find myself going back to Diamond City to find her and bring her along on my journey.
She also gives the player the perk Gift of Gab when you’re at the maximum relationship level with her. This perk allows you to earn double the amount of experience points when persuading people or discovering new places.

2. Dorian Pavus – Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dorian is a Tevinter mage and will give approval to the Inquisitor when they flirt with them regardless of gender. He is only romantically interested in males though, which kind of broke my heart because he’s such a witty and caring character. The group dynamic in the game just isn’t the same without him, but at least he is a great friend too even if I was not able to romance him.

3. Rex – Fallout: New Vegas

Part German Shepherd, Rex is a cyberhound Mk III law enforcement officer support model that has been around since pre-War times. He was born as a regular dog in 2072 and served in the Denver City Police Department. Sometime before the war, he was cybernetically enhanced and turned into a cyberdog – serial no. B955883, although the circumstances of his cybernetic alterations remain unknown. He survived the destruction of Denver and the harsh wastelands, at one point even fighting as part of Caesar’s Legion[1]. He later reached Freeside, where he came under the ownership of The King, who loves him dearly. Rex does not like rats, or hats, according to The King. The King says his dislike of hats may come from the fact that hat rhymes with rat.

4. Aranea Ienith – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

Aranea Ienith is a Dunmer priestess of Azura, who protects the Shrine of Azura outside of Winterhold. She wears blue mage robes and boots. Opening the Daedric quest, “The Black Star,” Aranea becomes a possible follower if the Azura’s Star artifact is selected over the Black Star. As a follower, she typically wields magic and prefers her own robes over items placed in her inventory. Unable to be married, Aranea can be inducted into the Blades.

5. Zevran Arainai – Dragon Age: Origins

Zevran is an assassin hired by Teyrn Loghain and is told to kill your character in the game. He sets up a trap to lure you in but you have the opportunity to kill him if you win. I did that the first time i played the game, and when i read the wiki i realized i had missed out on a good companion. Zevran is not afraid of saying what he thinks and he is rather open about his background. I can’t really put my finger on what it is about him, but i can’t ever do a playthrough of the game without having him in my party.

If you play any games like these, who would be your favorite companions to bring along with you on your journey? 

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!

Games i’m looking forward to

Lise —  November 19, 2016 — 10 Comments

Syberia 3

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Syberia is a point and click adventure game by Benoit Sokal and i have loved both Syberia and Syberia 2 dearly. The game follows the protagonist Kate Walker who is sent to Valadilene to purchase a ‘toy’ factory from Anna Voralberg. The problem is that Anna passed away and her brother, the heir, is nowhere to be found. From there we follow Kate’s journey to finding Hans Voralberg, discovering an amazing world on the way there. I’m really looking forward to seeing where and how the third installment will be played out. I would really recommend the games for anyone who likes adventure/point and click games. The game was supposed to be released on Dec 1st but has been delayed and set to release in Q1 of 2017.

The elder scrolls VI

Everything about the sixth installment of the elder scrolls series is just rumors and fan speculations, and it would probably take years before we saw another elder scrolls game. I’m still excited and will wait however long it takes before it is released. It is speculated that it will either be called Valenwood, Elsweyr or Argonia, i kind of hope for a mix of all three. So until Todd Howard decides to speak about it again, all we can do is wait.

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As with elder scrolls 6, there are just a bunch of rumors regarding the game. It’s said to have better graphics, a better playing style and el presidente would be switched out for a classic dynasty play style. I’m sure that i will love the game no matter what they change or improve though. I have loved all of their games equally as much ever since i was in middle school.

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Are there any games you’re looking forward to?