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Skyrim: The Writing on the Wall

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Each of us has our own story to tell about Skyrim. We all had goose bumps that fateful day in November of 2011, when ?11.11.11? finally came around, and the gaming world was treated to a revolution in gaming graphics and open-world exploration. However, there are moments when we felt we needed a new game, or that Skyrim must be getting old. We contradicted ourselves, thinking that ?there?s nothing wrong with this game; must be me who?s getting old, after all?.

It might seem funny, but the death of affections for a game that is so much fun to play is serious. However, why you?re falling out of love with the game remains a case to be seen. There are a lot of reasons why it might be falling out of favor with you. It could be the repetitive nature of the game, how people are tired of hacking and slashing through everything. It could be the complexity and impossibility of completing every Word of Power that?s available at your disposal. However, the main reason might be because of certain kinks in the game.


The Word, my Dear Friend, is ?Horse?

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Have you noticed how the horses of Skyrim seem to lack a personal touch?

This might seem disturbing, especially if you?re a big ?My Little Pony? fan (of which, among gamers, there are many). The horses in Skyrim might lack the personality of, say, one of the ponies in the said series, or a warrior?s steed in, say, a Dynasty Warriors game or something. You won?t expect that kind of experience here in Skyrim. The horses here are as disposable as a wooden pot or ladle. Heck, it even charges into battle ahead of you, and guess what happens?

It drops dead, like it was swatted away by some gigantic hand or something (in most cases, blasted with dragon fire). There are also instances when you want to get down from a horse, but in some freak coincidence, the snow tiger and the bear who were contemplating of having you for lunch goes for the horse. Bye bye, horse. Now you need to buy a new one, and in Skyrim?s economy, horses cost you an arm and a leg.

A considerable horse to have would be Shadowmere, but the quest where you get him?the Dark Brotherhood quest?requires you to go around on a killing spree in Skyrim. And if you?re a Paladin in every sense of the word in-game, well, this doesn?t quite suit you, now, does it?


The Game?s Ambiguity

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This same ambiguity has already been in full display in getting a proper horse like Shadowmere, if you?re supposedly a warrior with honor, courage, and morals. How the heck are you going to be that warrior if you have red in your history?like, say, the murder of an emperor, possibly ending an entire empire? Would you want a Paladin who?s also an assassin?

This is where the game?s ?be who you want to be? gameplay backfires. Sure, your character isn?t restrained to a certain class. You can even create a ranger or a battle mage if you fancy. But some of the requirements?for example, to become brethren of a brotherhood of ?honorable? warriors, you have to become a werewolf. But what if your character is supposedly trying to stamp out the very same thing you have to become? And there?s the requirement for becoming a vampire. Heck, everyone wants to become a vampire, but what if you belong to the lower percentage of that number who thinks that vampires suck (pun intended)?

For the hardcore gamer, this seems to be the writing on the wall. We give you freedom, but you have to eschew the story for that. We give you more choices, but your character, he becomes a Jack of all trades. Look, but don?t touch. Taste, but don?t swallow. Is it really time to put the sword down, finally?

Well, if you follow the game?s main purpose, which is to MDK (murderdeathkill) some dragons, well, by all means, don?t!

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