Games are great, they really are. They allow us to do things that science, reality and the like are probably never going to allow. It's not just the glory of stabbing dragons in the face, or the elation of winning the world cup that we wish would spice up the real world every now and then though. There are lots of little features in gaming that we take for granted, but would be incredibly helpful in the real world.
Here's seven of the best. Don't forget to let us know some of your own too!
Naturally if we're following gaming convention, you will of had to have visited your destination at least once by natural methods first. After that though, being able to pick a destination and then just be there would make life much simpler. Being late for work, or driving across the country for birthdays would no longer mean numb bums in trains, planes and automobiles.
Get on it science!
And what better way to select your fast travel destination than your very own RobCo Pip-Boy 3000. This wrist-mounted personal information processor has been the go-to gadget of the apocalypse in the Fallout series and it's clearly the way to go. Pulling a phone out of your pocket is so last century you know, you savage. It's all about wearable tech nowadays, so would someone kindly get this sorted en masse?
It's Skyrim. With all of the DLC.
It's excellent, and you should buy it immediately if you haven't already.
It's also the PC version, so you can have the very best of times mucking about with some absolutely fantastic mods and marvelling at a game that somehow looks better than TESO...and plays immeasurably better too. If you're looking for a quintessential Elder Scrolls experience, accept no substitutes.
Thanks to jaystan at HotUkDeals.
This is even cheaper than the Steam sale price a few weeks ago for the Legendary Edition of Skyrim. This comes with all of the expansion pack DLC released for the huge fantasy RPG. The PC version is the least broken version when compared to the console releases too. We'd heartily recommend this over the new Elder Scrolls Online as there are months of exploring available and you don't have to pay a ridiculous monthly fee for the pleasure.
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This is easily the cheapest price we've seen the Legendary Edition of Skyrim. This comes with all of the expansion DLC released for the game. The PC version is the least broken version when compared to the console releases too. We'd heartily recommend this over the new Elder Scrolls Online as there are months of exploring available and you don't have to pay a ridiculous monthly fee for the pleasure.
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Easter isn't just about chocolate eggs from eager-to-please bunnies (I've been told there's some religious alternative purpose, but we'll gloss over that for now), it's also a perfect excuse to discuss the oft-forgotten gem of our industry - the video game Easter Egg.
Easter Eggs are essentially secrets, hidden jokes or messages left by developers and designers for you to hunt out in game. They serve no purpose and have no reward other than the satisfaction that comes with finding something that most will have missed whilst playing. The first Easter Egg was discovered in a game released exactly 35 years ago this month - Adventure for the Atari 2600. By locating and manipulating a hidden "dot" players could gain access to a hidden room, which had the message "Created by Warren Robinett" - the game's programmer. Once this secret was found, Atari decided to keep it in game and call such secrets "Easter Eggs". The rest, as they say, is history.Click here to read more...
The internet exploded earlier today when the eagle-eyed folks at OnlySP spotted an odd discrepancy on the official Skyrim website. Namely: PS4 and Xbox One versions. Twitter, Reddit and the internet's assembled hacks burst into a frenzy, all tremendously excited that Bethesda had outed a new lease of life for their epic RPG.
Except they hadn't. Turns out that it was just a website error... at least, that's the official line.
It's possible that Bethesda's denial is damage control pending an official reveal, or perhaps unbelievably devious market testing, but this morning's kerfuffle makes for a more interesting discussion. Would you buy Skyrim on PS4 or Xbox One, and what would it have to do in order to earn your moolah?Click here to read more...
After the excellent Dragonborn DLC pack finally gave Skyrim an expansion worth shouting about, Bethesda have decided to stop supporting their epic RPG to concentrate on the next big thing.Click here to read more...
Just when you thought Skyrim couldn't get any bigger, the Legendary patch comes along and slays the level cap. Players can now make level 100 skills 'Legendary' by reading the Book Of Waking Dreams, returning skill points, perk points and allowing you to start grinding again from level 15. By doing this, you can now accrue character levels above 81 as many times as you want.
Patch 1.9 is now live on Steam and headed to consoles "later this month." Patch notes after the break, which includes a new difficulty setting dragons and yet more fixes.Click here to read more...
We rather thought it might be the case that the European release dates for Skyrim's PS3 DLC would clock in a day after the North American drop dates in each cases, and that's what's been confirmed by Bethesda's Pete Hines.
The Bethesda UK VP stated on Twitter that Dragonborn would hit PS3 on February 13th, Hearthfire on February 20th and Dawnguard on February 27th.
After months of wrangling with technical issues, Bethesda has finally given PS3 owners a release date for Skyrim's DLC packs.
Erm, American PS3 owners, at least.Click here to read more...
Usually, Microsoft have to get their wallets out to ensure timed-exclusive DLC for the 360, but thanks to Bethesda’s poor PS3 development skills, they got the Skyrim ones for free. PS3 fans can now stop feeling so left out though as Bethesda have recently confirmed that all three packs -Dragonborn, Hearthfire and Dawnguard- will be coming at some point in February. There’s even more good news for the beleaguered PS3 gamer too...
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Need a game to last you well into next year? Well, Skyrim should keep you entertained through the harsh winter months in one of the greatest RPG experiences ever released. Skyrim's world is huge and packed with months' worth of side-quests and discoverable areas in a rich range of landscapes. Climb blizzard ravaged mountains, wonder the plains, sneak through forests, explore haunted tombs, or catch a salmon with your bare hands. Do look out for the occasional bloody great dragon crashing down from the sky though.
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This is a great price for the boxed version of one of our favourite games. The PC version is much more stable than the console versions too, as long as you download all the patches that is. This huge adventure sees you travelling across a huge fantasy landscape full of dragons, ghouls, giants, ice spiders, yetis, and so much more. The side-quests will shut out the outside world as you can barely say hello to an NPC without them begging you to go off and find/kill something for them. Skyrim is a beautiful place to explore though, so you'll be happy to add it to your long, long quest list. Newbie hint: leave the mammoths alone - their shepherds are a bit cranky.
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Skyrim offers a huge adventure that will last you well into next year. The freedom on offer is exceptional and the game world is a beautiful one to explore as you pick up quests and forge your path through forests, caves, open planes and climb huge blizzard-ravaged mountains. The PS3 version is the buggiest of the three platforms, but most of the issues have been patched now. However, the DLC hasn't yet made its way to PS3 as the devs literally can't get it working. If you're not bothered about the DLC then feel free to pick up this deal. From most reports, the DLC hasn't been anything to shout about anyway.
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After the debut trailer went live last week, Skyrim's latest expansion has revealed more its secrets in some new screenshots. Dragonborn will take players to the frozen island of Solstheim (which many of us will remember from Morrowind: Bloodmoon), empowering them with new shouts, weapons, armour and mounts as they take on the first Dovakiin.
With Rieklings and Netch making a welcome return, amongst other new enemies, we hope that Dragonborn will evoke some of the more alien and unpredictable design elements that made Morrowind such a unique RPG experience.Click here to read more...
Many PS3 owners seem to be up in arms about the fact that they can't spend their money on the deeply average Dawnguard and Hearthfire Skyrim expansions, but a new tweet from Bethesda suggests that there's light at the end of the tunnel.Click here to read more...
Bethesda will be rolling out a teaser trailer for Skyrim's next DLC pack today, with the enigmatic artwork above acting as our only official clue about what to expect.
Unofficially, however, we expect it to take place on Solstheim and feature dragon mounts. We'll find out whether the source code search was on the money in a few hours.
UPDATE: Now this is happening.
After making its premature debut via an Amazon listing, a new Skyrim Premium Edition has been confirmed for Europe. This weighty collector's piece contains plenty of goodies, but it's unclear whether any of the DLC packs will be included.Click here to read more...
Bethesda has spoken out to take full responsibility for the delay in bringing Skyrim DLC to the PS3, stating that inconsistent "performance" issues are still holding them back without using the platform as an excuse.Click here to read more...