When looking at a game world, a lot of people think, “Man, wouldn’t it be nice to live there?” It’s understandable, since many play video games out of a sense of escapism from our ordinary lives. But what about the worlds you don’t want to live in? Imagine playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, taking in the surrounding landscape and overall awe of the fantastical Middle Earth-inspired environment, and then proclaiming out loud, “Wouldn’t it be cool to be there for a day?” Then shortly after you say so, imagine being whisked away all of a sudden from your mundane life into the world of Skyrim and The Elder Scrolls. It’s not going to be a good time. Here are five reasons why you may just not want to make that wish.
5) No Technology
The 21st century isn’t just imbued with technology, but rather is defined by it. Imagine growing up in a world where everyone has a smartphone, there are multiple televisions in your house, and some cars even run on electricity. Now imagine being thrust into a world absent of all of this. You don’t have cars to take you from town to town, you can’t pop into the Crucible at the end of the day to unwind, and you certainly can’t tweet. Once more, even modern advancements, such as indoor plumbing, are more or less non-existent.
4) No Save Points
While playing Skyrim, you can save the game when the going gets tough. You can’t do that in real life, so if transported into the middle of a tribe of giants and wolly mammoths just outside of Whiterun, you better think fast. No pausing the game when confronted with an overpowered enemy here. Took an arrow to the knee? Too bad, that wound is real here. Caught stealing and want to reload your file to get out of jail? Nope sorry, the prisons in Whiterun are real too. You only have one life to live, and the stress of only having one life in a dangerous world of Skyrim may bring on a fatal heart attack quicker than taking the game’s fast travel to Winterhold.
3) Inventory Management
While we’re on the topic of “realism,” think back to inventory management in modern day role playing games. You can only carry a specific weight of weapons, armor, and potions until the game slows you down. But those weight limits start at, like, 160 pounds. Ever carry around a 20 pound backpack for a few hours? Bit of a pain. So it stands to reason that most people, when transported to a world such as Skyrim, won’t really carry around a pack heavier than 15 lbs. Say goodbye to looting and hello to stashing items away in useful hidey-holes (which you may or may not do while playing the actual video game anyway.)
I haven’t met a dragon yet, but when I do, I’ll be sure to let everyone know. I can only imagine that dragons once really did inherit the Earth, because video games don’t lie to us and The Elder Scrolls V lore says so. But I wouldn’t want to live in a time when dragons were being resurrected and wreaking havoc on the world that was once theirs. Why would anyone? It’s just more unnecessary stress. I’d hate to just be chilling in a town such as Riverwood when a dragon comes down to burn the whole place down because reasons. It’d really ruin my Sunday trip to the blacksmith.
1) The Last Dragonborn
However, the main reason why no one should want to live in Skyrim is because of that d-bag DragonBorn. The DragonBorn has hundreds of videos on YouTube of him going around and wreaking havoc on random villagers and innocent farm animals. You’d have to just go from town to town to avoid the S.O.B, since he brings death and destruction in his quest to conquer Alduin. Going to Malkreath to visit a relative? Nope! You’ll have to postpone this so he can finish up a civil war. Heading to the mountains looking for fresh game? Well, the DragonBorn decided to decimate the majority of the members of a bandit camp, but they’re spread out and angry, so once they see you, you’re toast.
There are probably a dozen additional reasons why the world of Skyrim wouldn’t make the best home away from home, such as spread of diseases, crazy magicians, and random bugs crashing your experience. Are there any worlds that gamers shouldn’t really want to live in? Sound off in the comments below!
Liam Crossey is the Executive Editor of Features for The Game Bolt. Follow him on Twitter for too many retweets.