Only Seventeen Days Til Skyrim

October 24, 2011


It’s a mere seventeen days until the biggest day of the gaming year. Now, I have a confession. A couple of years ago I came out of university fresh-faced and penniless to some inconsistent and part-time work. Console ownership was out of the question and gaming relied on the generosity of friends and more easily-manipulated acquaintances, a threadbare existence spent lurking on Let’s Play threads and shivering on street corners asking passers-by what happens at the end of Assassin’s Creed 2.

Image by ArcticWonder via flickr

But the wheel of fate turns for all of us and I’m now waiting for Skyrim in a manner worryingly reminiscent to the weeks prior to the release of Sonic 2 on the Mega Drive. The difference, of course, and my six-year-old self can just man up right about now, is that in 1992 there was no internet to generate an ever-intensifying hum of anticipation. Would it were that I could only ask my classfellows ‘Is Sonic 2 going to be awesome?’ and only expect ‘my big brother says there’s a fox’ in return.

Hype for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been building for the best part of 2011, and I simply cannot stand idly by. This will be our one-stop tavern for all the medieval-themed goodness this… this thing has to offer. First, here is Bethesda’s I-can’t-believe-this-is-a-thing live-action trailer, released mere moments ago, featuring an unspeakable bad-ass in a ram helmet. And get this: that unspeakable bad-ass is you.

Thanks to Botchweed for the tip. Destructoid’s Max Scoville is one of many members of the gaming press who’ve been granted a three-hour runaround in the hills above Skyrim’s opening scenes, unlike most gamers his account of his experiences do not lean quite so heavily on the side of fanboyish wonder and an odd feeling of gratitude. Says Max: ‘“Epic” is a word that has been thrown around to the point of irrelevance, but it’s absolutely the right word forSkyrimSkyrim is huge, majestic, and genuinely awe-insipring. I have no doubt that hardcore Elder Scrolls fans will play this game for the next half a decade.’ Read the full thing here.

There is, of course, a collector’s edition box-set available stateside for a mere 150 bucks, and includes a pretty hella rad but probably not for showing people you want to impress twelve-inch-tall dragon statue. GayGamer’s Wootini gives us a look at a few pages from the official art book.

Finally, this is the father I one day hope to be.

Dear friends, relatives: I don’t expect to see you very much during November, and when I do I’ll probably spend some time looking for the conversation tree.

There are still dragons involved in this, by the way. What games are you anticipating like a flower aches for rain? Let us know in the comments.


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