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Skyrim Looks Good

Earlier this morning I was fussing and fuming because it seemed like I was getting low FPS on Skyrim with high settings. Well, I did some tweaking, and it’s running pretty smooth now — and looking good, too!

To start with, the draw distances are much better. (I can actually see enemies in the distance now.)

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Fallout vs Skyrim

This is the reason special effects were invented. So much awesome.

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The Evolution of Skyrim

Thanks to David Tripney for linking us to an intriguing piece on Kotaku: Skyrim is a Very Different Game Than it Was 3 Years Ago. The author makes several interesting points about the enduring appeal of that magnificent game.

It’s no criticism that Skyrim eventually ran out of stuff to wow me with, but rediscovering the game on PC over

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The Game Knows

Started a new Skyrim character this week. Went into Markarth and talked with the Priest of Arkay about the Hall of the Dead, where some of the corpses have been disgraced. What a time for the Basic Needs mod to kick in!

I guess this character is a cannibal.


Dragonborn vs. Khaleesi

Check out this awesome video putting Skyrim into the Game of Thrones opening credits. (The Mother of Dragons would be horrified at the Nords’ cruelty toward cute lil’ Alduin.)

Thrones from Brady Wold on Vimeo.


Love, Hate, and End States

My love affair with Rust might be coming to an end.

I say “might”, because I’ve felt this way before, and then things have come along to rekindle the passion. But I’m feeling a little unfulfilled on that island lately. It’s the same sort of thing I felt after about a month in Minecraft, and I think I know why.

These games let you do pretty much anything, make anything you can imagine. So what happens when you can’t imagine anything else to make?

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A Spiritual Cleansing in Skyrim

I achieved great things in this frozen land. I have risen from my humble beginnings as a lowly hunter in the wilderness (to say nothing of my status as a reviled Dunmer in this land of bigoted Nords) to become Arch-Mage of the College of Winterhold, Thane of many lands, and Leader of the Thieves’ Guild.

I wear fine enchanted armor which eases my path. My weapons are severe instruments of death. I am aided by amulets and rings from across the land, pulsing with magical energy. And yet I am unwell.

These possessions are corrupting my soul. My attachment to them is toxic.

I must cleanse myself.

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