Skyrim Special Edition was recently released. Luckily, it’s a free upgrade for people like myself who own Skyrim on Steam along with every DLC that was released. SE is pretty much like a fresh coat of paint. In fact, it’s even possible that you may not even really notice the visual changes, without them being pointed out directly. This also seems especially true if, like me, you played Skyrim with the High Resolution Texture Pack.

This post is pretty much more focused on Skyrim and not so much about the Special Edition.

I started out playing Skyrim on the PS3 and finished it, including all but one DLC. I did not get Hearthfire on the PS3 because I already... Read All

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February 14 2013 I put in an order for Skyrim on CD from DirectSong. DirectSong's tagline is "your unique record store" and seems to exclusively sell albums by Jeremy Soule. I figured i'd get the album in a couple weeks so I could rip it and listen to the Skyrim score from anywhere. A month later my Skyrim album hadn't shipped so I reached out to them to see where the order was. The first response from them was an automated email telling them I couldn't open a support ticket that way and I need to create a separate account on the support site. They told me that they had a stock issue and my response was:

Jon: I recommend next time being a bit more proactive... Read All

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Some people are on a quest to rid themselves of all physical media and go to a completely digital life. I get the thought but I still like owning certain things. I still enjoy leafing through a strategy guide or putting a retro game cart in a system to play because something about that it is just fun. Even when I was a kid part of the fun of reading Nintendo's Super Mario Brothers 3 strategy guide was just reading again and again. Which, honestly, is part of the fun of having a strategy guide for even a modern game. Can you look up something game related faster by doing an Internet search? Sure. But is it also incredible to open up a huge tome of Skyrim art... Read All

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Skyrim Special Edition comes to Xbox One, PS4 and PC on October 28th and Bethesda has released this trailer showing off just how good the game will look. As a fun bonus if you already have Skyrim on Steam on PC it will be available to you at the ultra low cost of zero dollars. It's nice that Bethesda is making this available to owners of new consoles because if you haven't played it now is a great time. Not does it come with an incredible graphical upgrade but Skyrim will also come with all DLC included.

If you are interested in joining the Skyrim Special Edition launch hype train join the Cheerful Ghost launch event discussion below

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Potatoes are naturally capacitive, so the obvious thing to do is play games with them right?

In addition to the video, the team behind this starchy technology has made a guide you can follow if you want your own potato-based game controls.
https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=698356056

This isn't the first time potatoes have been used like this. There are many guides online for making potatoes do all kinds of techy things, like this tutorial for controlling a Raspberry Pi with them:
https://arghbox.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/capacitive-touch-potatoes-on-the-raspberry-pi/

What a time to be alive!

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I was excited many months ago when WhiteBoySlim told me about Skywind. "It is a non-commercial, fan made modification for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim that seeks to merge the amazing world of The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind with the enhanced graphics and capabilities of Skyrim's engine." (Source: SkyWind FAQ)

While I have played Morrowind and own two copies of the game, I have not yet completed it. It wasn't until I played Skyrim that I got into The Elder Scrolls series. I am excited about this project and am eagerly awaiting its release. While this mod was publicly available, it currently is not.

For more information, please visit the links below.

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Finished playing Dragonborn DLC, after finishing some side quests in Solstheim, thinking of doing an Oblivion play-through. Opinions?

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One of the games recommended to me for use on my new computer is Skyrim. I spent over 300 hours on one character in Skyrim on my PS3. I don't think that character reached level 50, but I pretty much finished the game. I didn't finish every quest, especially one in particular in which I stumbled upon and killed a person too soon. Months ago, I thought I'd start a new character, an Imperial instead of a Nord this time. I chose the Imperial specifically for the Voice of the Emperor, which I found to be a very handy ability in Oblivion. I didn't get very far with that character.

Some time ago, I noticed there was a Legendary Edition of Skyrim for sale for $40... Read All

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I booted my PC recently to play some games I don't have access to on my Mac. One of the games I opened was Skyrim. I was walking around and found a random Stormcloak camp. To this point I haven't taken sides yet but I want to either support the Stormcloaks or Imperials. Thing is, I was talking to the Stormcloaks and I wasn't too impressed with them. They were talking a big game about Skyrim being for the Nords only and seriously hinted at slaughtering the Elves. I am not down with that and I am seriously considering backing the Imperials.

Thoughts? I sort of don't want to back "The Empire" but the Stormcloaks seem pretty evil. The Imperials are not much... Read All

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If you were wanting to wait to dive into the world of Skyrim, now might be a good time to do that. Bethesda released the Legendary Edition that wraps up all the Skyrim expansions into one game. Featuring Dragonborn, Hearthfire and Dawguard this should keep you in Dragon slaying heaven.

If you buy large game tomes, Prima is also releasing the Skyrim legendary edition Game Guide. Last game guide I bought was for Fallout 3 and all its DLC and was quite large but this looks like it covers much more stuff. You know, if you were into reading game hints on actual... paper and all.

http://store.steampowered.com/sub/28187/
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Now that Bethesda has decided to move on from Skyrim development, there's a new release coming that packages Skyrim and all its DLC into one package. The Skyrim Legendary Edition will release on June 4 for $59.99 on PC, PS3, and XBox 360. If you haven't visited Skyrim before, this is the best way to play it.

http://www.bethblog.com/2013/04/25/legendary-release/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+bethesdablog+%28Bethesda+Blog%29

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The Bethesda team has announced today that they're moving on from Skyrim, with the exception of minor updates as needed. There's a new big project (I'm hoping for Fallout 4) that's gotten to the point where it needs the team's full attention.

I was personally hoping for at least one more kickass DLC, but I can't complain. I've put hundreds of hours into Skyrim, and I've certainly gotten my money's worth.

It's sad though, that there won't be any more content for what may be my favorite game of all time.

Ah well, time to start a new character!

http://www.bethblog.com/2013/04/15/moving-to-our-next-adventure/

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Over the last few weeks I have heard a fair amount of praise about the Skyrim score but only just recently picked up the 4CD set. Over the last week or so I have been listening to Jeremy Soule's score and needed to say a few words about it.

If you love ambient, earthy scores weaved with the right amount of classical you need to pick this up. The song featured in the video above "Masser" showcases how elegantly Soule weaves various elements to immerse you in Skyrim's Nordic ascetic.

Often times with other game scores I come to a song that is thematically out of place or more pomp and show than substance. The Skyrim score contains songs that are woven elegantly... Read All

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