A few months ago I picked up The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for about $20. I’d heard a multitude of good things about the game and had several friends who were really into it when it was released. Being a big fan of Fable II when I played it years ago, I figured maybe it was time to delve into The Elder Scrolls series with Skyrim.
I haven’t been giving my Xbox 360 much time over the last couple of years. Life gets in the way, you know? On top of that, most games don’t take very long to play through (*cough* Call of Duty). But Skyrim is entirely different.
The storyline (at least what I have gotten through thus far) is whimsical and fantastic. The screen presence of the environment, from the mountain tops to the deepest caves, is breath-taking. I would argue that playing Skyrim is no different than diving into a great book, one you just can’t put down. It keeps you turning the pages, wanting to find out what happens in the next chapter.
Even better, you are somewhat in control of your fate in this story. Sure, the primary storyline isn’t going to change, but you can influence other characters and play the story to your liking, and that’s something you’ll never get from a book.
For a while I was concerned about “wasting my time” with Skyrim, because there is always something else that needs to be done – something probably more important than playing video games.. But I am reminded of a great quote: Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
It’s important to make time for the things you enjoy and make you happy. Playing Skyrim makes me happy.0