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And now for something completely different..

I don’t often post a lot on here other then political blogposts, but it’s the end of the weekend, and not much is going on, so I thought I’d post something else (okay, I could talk about the Senate page protesting Harper’s throne speech and getting canned, but several thousand others have already done so).

In my spare time, I am a big fan of Role Playing Games, or RPGS. I’ve played some online, and I play those I like that are home versions. One of the major games I’ve always liked is The Elder Scrolls, which has been coming out from Bethesda Softworks since 1994. They have a new release – Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim coming out on November 11 of this year, and after seeing their past efforts and seeing this trailer, I’m definitely ordering this when it comes out:

Elder Scrolls V Skyrim: Official Gameplay Trailer by ign

Bethesda’s site for the Elder Scrolls can be found here, including their past releases.


6 comments to And now for something completely different..

  • sunsin

    Do you play the Fallout series?

    I’ve just been noticing that the DLC for Fallout: New Vegas seems to be taking a decidedly World Religions 101 turn without many people noticing. The premises of Dead Money are heavily Buddhist, with its treasure that you have to renounce or it kills you and its cast of characters all making themselves miserable through their attachment to various aspects of the world. Two of them are crazy for riches, one for revenge, and one for control, and to get the “good” ending for three of them they have to renounce their obsessions. (The fourth is the bad guy, and he’s doomed whatever you do.) The super mutant with the split personality, Dog/God, is one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever seen in a Fallout game. Then in the second and latest DLC, Honest Hearts, the player has to choose sides between an Old Testament Christian who wants to wipe out his enemies (Joshua Graham, aka the Burned Man, who describes himself thusly: “I am the right hand of the Lord and the instrument of His vengeance…”) and a New Testament type who wants to lead his people away from the battlefield and solve the problem without violence. One wonders where the third DLC might be going.

    • NO, I didnt really have an interest in Fallout, though I don’t doubt Bethesda did a good job with it. I’m more into the Fantasy RPG genre.. For example, I play Guild Wars and await with impatience the Guild Wars 2 release.

      • sunsin

        They did a brilliant job on plot and story, sometimes genuinely moving, as when you lead Dog/God toward the “enlightenment” that reintegrates his personality and restores his sanity. The characterization is sometimes good and always adequate (though they still don’t have any characters nearly as good as, say, Alyx Vance from Half-Life 2). But they perpetuated an absolutely horrible botched screwup farce when error checking the maps and scripts and ensuring the engine doesn’t roll over and die every time you strain it by, say, walking down the f’ing street. You really want to murder them sometimes — if they were going to put out a game that’s so glitched up, why did they have to give it a story that won’t let us stop playing? It begins to feel almost sadistic sometimes, as you struggle on with NPCs falling through holes in the map and getting stuck on level ground, quests descending into endless loops, and so on and so forth. Do NOT play it on an Xbox or PS3. You’ll go nuts. At least on the PC you can turn on noclip to unstick yourself and manually edit the quests in the console until they are running the way they should.

      • sunsin

        Another interesting thing was that they included a perk that allows you to play your character as gay or bisexual (for male characters, it’s rather archly entitled “Confirmed Bachelor,” a hoary old euphemism for “gay”). It doesn’t make that much difference, since being an American game all expressions of sexuality are very muted, but that they felt safe in including it says something about the way society is evolving. I doubt if they were the first to do this, though. Do you happen to know what was the first RPG to allow play as a gay character?

  • Alright I have put up with the fact that you are Liberal and are too often non partisan, and that you run ProBlogs and too often have server issues, but a role playing gamer, that’s it, I might have to remove you from my blog list!

    Nice to learn more about you, have a good Sunday.

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