Posted by Asif on November 11th, 2011
While being busy not writing anything for this site, Skyrim Day kind of snuck up on us. We were going to do a series of hard hitting articles leading up to the release of Skyrim entitled “Skyrim or Skyrim-job?”, but laziness kicked in, one thing led to another, and we decided to scrap the whole idea in favor of taking a nap. Besides, every game site on the Internet had jumped on the hype train and thoroughly covered Skyrim before release. Also, we had no access to the game before today. In hindsight, that may have impacted our decision more than being incredibly lazy.
Well, the game is out now, and after some time with it I can confidently declare: not bad! As of right now I’ve completed about 1/1,000,000,000th of what the game has to offer, but it’s already differentiated itself by letting me create a black character that isn’t inherently evil in a fantasy game. Thankfully, its character creator also let me take that black character and effortlessly turn him into a white man. I figure dragons are already trying to kill me, so I’ve got enough problems.
Though, on the whole, the game presents a surprisingly progressive world where a creepy lizard man can bang a cat lady and no one cares. Still, it’s pretty gross if you think about it. Luckily, it’s easy not to think about that in a world where there’s so much to do and so many things to stab with a sword.
Not long ago, before Lord of the Rings became a part of popular culture and HBO had a hit fantasy show, it would have been pretty embarrassing to be excited about Skyrim in public. The world has changed and the fat, sweaty, chocolate-engorged nerds of yesterday are the fat, sweaty, chocolate-engorged trendsetters of today. Now, it’s perfectly acceptable to talk about dragons and stabbing an orc with a sword without having to speak in hushed tones. Skyrim tests the limits of this newfound nerd freedom and things seem fine right up until someone says the word “Dragonborn” out loud. Then, a thick layer of shame inevitably covers everyone involved. It’s unavoidable. Dragonborn is the nerdiest, nerd shit anyone has ever thought up. So, I guess on top of all of their other accomplishments Bethesda can add that to the list.