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Skyrim: Quest for the Perfect Library


I’m joining the ranks of people who just can’t say enough about the newest Elder Scrolls game Skyrim. It continues the most amazing aspect of those games, or at least most amazing to me. This is the in game library of books.

The Elder Scroll games gives the player full control of exploring the world. Just about anything you can think to do, your character in the game can do it. This includes reading. There is something like 490 different titles in the game, each one with at least a few pages of text for the player to read. Only a few of those have any in-game effect, most of them are just there to provide that extra level of immersion into the world. It just boggles my mind that the game designers would put that much love and attention into their game.

I would love to see DLC or some player created mods for the game featuring book related quests, maybe something along the lines of a radical faction of book burners, getting rid of what they deem “immoral” reads” or something like that.

The books have such a great deal of variety in their subject matter. Comedies, dramas, histories etc. It just makes me picture a group of battle crazed vikings and dragon-slayers gathering every Wednesday at 6pm for Book Club with a cup of tea and a no holds barred conversation about the newest Imperial Times Bestseller.

I also wonder how many people read the books, I’ve read a few of them. My favorite has to be “The Lusty Argonian Maid” It amounts to an excerpt of a play-script featuring some very bawdy innuendo between a man and his bipedal lizard lady maid. It just cracks me up to read it. That book is an easter egg to the third game in the series Morrowind. In Morrowind there is a small side quest to get an actor a job so he stops bothering a shop keeper. If you care to do more than scaring off the actor, you can get him a role in the premiere showing of that play.

So does anyone have any favorite Skyrim books? Ones that make you smile, and really feel like you discovered something special when you took the time to read a book within a game.

I really can’t give enough Kudos to the game designers, more games should definitely work on fleshing their worlds out. While every book is readable in Skyrim, we’re still getting games where most doors are actually still walls.
(I don’t own these images, they belong to Bethesda Softworks and come from Skyrim)

 
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Posted by on December 20, 2011 in miscellany

 

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