A Skyrim situation


This blog probably won’t be getting much love this week. In what apparently seems hilarious to the non-family members who hear about it, my son and I gave each other “Skyrim” for Christmas. It’s an Xbox video game. And no, I don’t think they’re so much amused by the coincidence of the mutual gifting as by the fact that one of us is a 68-year-old grandmother.

Hey, what can I say? I like video games — the role-playing type. And I can blame it all on my son, who got me started on “Everquest” maybe a dozen years ago. So that’s what I’m probably going to be doing all week. After all, he’s off work this week and I’ve got to keep up with him.

19 thoughts on “A Skyrim situation

  1. The last time I had anything close to a passion for games was when my kids got me playing Super Mario something or other with them on their Nintendo (my real gaming passion was for the one in actual arcade rooms). Perhaps if I had a PC that didn’t freeze up all the time, like it did when I first tried writing this comment… But I do admire your spunk and I hope you have a wonderful time playing! πŸ˜€

    1. An Xbox takes the computer out of the equation, which is nice for a lot of people. I still do better playing these big games on a computer because the controls there are easier and/or more intuitive for me. I’m kind of a klutz with controllers. But you can’t beat the comfort of the living room sofa.

  2. What a coincidence. I bought this game yesterday. Last week I rented it to try it out. It is a Bethesda game, and they typically do a very good job. I’ve greatly enjoyed playing Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas. Both are Bethesda games, and you may want to try those if you’ve enjoyed Skyrim.

    Skyrim has been a great game so far, and you’ll probably have a blast with it. As with most Bethesda games, the graphics and the detail of the environment are excellent. You can interact with almost any object in the game, and individual AI you encounter typically have a changing decision tree of options depending on where you’re at in the game plot. Normally I stick with SF rather than fantasy games, but this one was good enough to pull me in.

    Hope you have a great time with it!

    1. I loved both Fallouts. I still have the last two DLCs to get for Fallout New Vegas. I missed them because I was busy with Mass Effect 2 and Borderlands (older games, but I’d never played them). And my favorite has been Red Dead Redemption, probably because of the Old West, horses, etc.

      So you weren’t good enough this year for Santa to bring you the game? Tsk, tsk …

      1. Ah, I haven’t played Red Dead Redemption yet, although it was one I considered. I take it it’s good? Normally I like weird weaponry or magic, which was why I held back on that one figuring it was going to be six guns and knives for the most part. Still, it looks like a lot of fun.

        Have you tried the Bioshock games? They’re kind of like Fallout in terms of nostalgia (all 1940s based). Bioshock is like someone took Atlas Shrugged to the next level and built an underwater city. I’d have to say it’s still my favorite game. The sequel was fun too, but the first one had, well… a very good story to it, and a fantastic ending.

        No, Santa didn’t bring me the game. But he did give me the Best Buy card I used to buy it?


        1. RDR stays pretty true to its Old West setting, which is probably why I liked it so much. That’s assuming you don’t count the few mythical creatures that show up, the final quest for a unicorn, etc. … Then there’s the DLC with the zombies …

          Haven’t played the Bioshock games. I’m a one-game-at-a-time player and haven’t had a long window where I was looking for a new game. When I do, I lean first toward the games that have been the most popular, then those that look like a genre and story I’d enjoy. Until I got Skyrim, I was thinking the next one might be the Halo series or some of the other “war” games. Haven’t played any of those yet. (But I’ve only had the Xbox for 2 years).

          1. Bioshock was voted game of the year by XPlay in 2007. It is a fantastic game that I highly recommend. I just got done with Borderlands (it was my last purchase). I liked Borderlands, but it wasn’t as detailed as I prefer. You know the deal. Borderlands was just “shot ’em up, get ammo” and occasionally unlock few things. There weren’t enough AI for me, and not enough things to interact with in the environment. Still, it was fun, but I’m glad to be on to Skyrim.

            Halo is a great series to play through. I’ve done them all with my son in coop mode, and we can’t wait for the next one. Halo ODST was probably the only somewhat disappointing one in the series, but even that was fun to go through. My favorite was probably Halo 2. If you aren’t going to do Bioshock after Skyrim, then Halo is probably a good pick. Although you should really do Bioshock. It’s awesome. I’ve had to go back and play through it a couple of times, and the sequel, and the DLCs.

  3. Like Izaakmak my gaming was back in the Super Nintendo days with my kids. After rescuing the princess I extinguished on the hypno-repetitive action of those sorts of games. Never really tried any of the MMRPGs but certainly enjoy watching Felicia Day and The Guild folks. My now grown-up daughter has a Wii at home. Maybe they’ll get games for the granddaughter to play and maybe I’ll try them too.

    I got Tetris for the Kindle Fire, but it’s not yet grabbed me like all the damn books, music, movies and TV shows have …

    1. The MMORPGs, or just RPGs, are anything but repetitive. Massive worlds, endless quests, adventures, and characters. Very immersive. Also a huge time sink, which a lot of working adults and parents just don’t have time for. But sometimes I like the hypno-repetitive stuff too. I’m addicted to Bubble Shooter on my laptop. Some old ladies knit while watching TV. I shoot bubbles. And shoot … and shoot … and shoot …

    1. Aww, really? I just figured kids shouldn’t have all the fun. But you can imagine the shock of the guy I befriended in one of my games and had played with for quite a while before I told him my age, and he told me he was only 16. We both learned quite a lesson.

... and that's my two cents