Author's Note: The prologue to this journal is intended to serve as a brief insight into my discovery of the Elder Scrolls series and highlight the road to it. Subsequent entries will document my experience with TES V: Skyrim.
I know for a fact that I was in elementary school (primary school for our UK friends) when I'd originally caught wind of The Elder Scrolls. It was during recess on the playground when a fellow gamer mentioned a game called Morrowind. At that age, I wasn't much of an established gamer; I primarily spent time with GoldenEye on Nintendo 64, The Sims on PC and a scattered bit of Playstation 2 titles. However, being an avid Sims fan, my friend's description of Morrowind had tantalised my ears. He described it as "an open world game where you fight with swords and you can make your own character and own a house." Naturally, I was completely enthralled but in my absent-minded ten-year-old days, I didn't write down the name.
Long after hearing about Morrowind, I'd finally remembered it when I saw it on a shelf in GameStop. As I do to this day, I went home and researched it before deciding to purchase the game. After reading reviews that I barely understood and seeing screenshots depicting fights with the undead in tombs, I decided it wasn't for me at the time. Years later, I discovered Fable and settled on that instead. It wasn't until I'd discovered Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas in 2010 that I'd gotten my first taste of a Bethesda game. As New Vegas appealed to me most at the time, I started with that one and soon found myself completely enthralled in the post-apocalyptic world and as it was my first taste of an open-world roleplaying game as well, needless to say you'd have found me hard pressed to play anything else for quite some time.
I'd put over three months' time into Fallout: New Vegas before I researched other open-world RPGs and found TES IV: Oblivion to pique my interest. After noticing that it was from the same brilliant minds responsible for Fallout, I made haste to GameStop and treated myself to a copy. At that time, I was completely ignorant to the fact that Morrowind was of the same video game series and I was not educated on that until I'd heard mentions of Morrowind--which I later learned was a place within the fictional world--and realised what game series I'd been dabbling in.
It was then that I rediscovered Morrowind and took the time to experience it and in lieu of the spoiling I'd put myself through by playing Oblivion first, I was unable to fully enjoy Morrowind and went back to its successor. It was a few months down the line that I'd caught wind of the upcoming game, Skyrim, and knew that I wouldn't have a social life for quite a bit of time.
To this day, I still cannot pinpoint what it is that I adore most about The Elder Scrolls series as a whole. Every now and then I sit down with a pen and paper and make a list of what I like about the game and cross reference the list to see if there's any recurring themes, in terms of open-world, combat, story, roleplaying elements, etc. and the end result is usually a mixture of everything. As much as I'd love to and try to come up with a single reason why I adore it so, it always boils down to a lengthy explanation detailing every positive aspect about it.
In the end, there is no single reason. There is too much within each individual game (nevermind the series as a whole) to allow for the declaration of a single element that properly describes the reasoning behind the infatuation...and that's a good thing. I can't say I've loved any game more than I love Skyrim nor any game series more than I love The Elder Scrolls, and I've played over at least two hundred video games so far.
What I must admit though is that while I cannot land on a single reason why I love the game so much, whenever I have a seat and can't decide what game to play, my heart always points me in the direction of Skyrim's position in my video game shelf.
Over the past year since Skyrim's release, there has been a multitude of video games that've piqued my interest, forcing me to leave Skyrim alone for quite a bit of time. However, as of late I've found myself yearning to get into it once more but lacking the motivation to dedicate hours upon hours to progression in the game--until the release of the Dawnguard, Hearthfire, and Dragonborn add-ons. I purchased the Dragonborn add-on with a Microsoft Points card my brother gave to me on Christmas and since then, I haven't been able to put Skyrim down again.
It's good to be home.
I decided to start this journal to document my rediscovery of TES V: Skyrim and share my thoughts, experiences and adventures with the community. To ensure quality and the prevention of going stale, I will most likely only update the journal with new posts weekly, which will provide more substantially interesting material to write about.
I look forward to sharing my experiences with the community and I hope those interested will keep up with the developments. I have something quite interesting to share that I will be saving until the end of the journal.