I used to be an adventurer just like you, then I took an arrow to the knee.

So. I thought for quite some time about how to start this musing on Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. (And by quite I mean at least five minutes as opposed to my normal run and gun approach. I’m not sure that’s an apt metaphor but I’m sure you get my meaning.) I thought about opening with a story about how I first discovered the Elder Scrolls series with Morrowind. But then I realized that I didn’t really remember very much beyond staring at wallpaper for Balmora and thinking how awesome that game was going to be. And it was.

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Batman and the Search for 40 Million Riddler Trophies

Doesn’t he have anything better to do? I mean, I know the whole point of finding the Riddler trophies is so that you can rescue the hostages that the man in green has snatched up but I feel the volume of knick-knacks to collect is somewhat . . . overindulgent? Though I hate math, this may be best described with a series of simple formulas:

100 Riddler Trophies = Good

200 Riddler Trophies = Awesome

400 Riddler Trophies = Dear god I need to go to sleep because I have to go to work in two hours.

I guess it’s really more my fault. No one said I had to get them all in one night.

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I Know I’m Technically a Monster-Killer and all, but You Seem Like a Nice Monster so I’ll Trust You

So after a few minor hiccups, (see I told you. No computer installation ever goes smoothly for me. I once had to reinstall windows after changing out a video card.) I have finally begun playing the Witcher 2. And my friends (we’re not really friends by the way. I probably don’t even know you. Well, who am I kidding? I probably do know you but don’t actually like you very much which yes, is why I never call and still haven’t friended you back on Facebook) it is everything I had hoped it would be and more.

I cannot stress enough how the Witcher series of games are the games to beat in my opinion. They are the type of games that every developer should be looking at and trying to emulate. They are to video games what George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice is to literature. Let’s run through the positives shall we? (Though, I almost don’t even need to make this point since most of the positives were around in the first game too.)

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