Backseat Game Designer: Crime in Skyrim

In my post yesterday on “5 Things I Don’t Like About Skyrim” I listed The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim‘s crime system as the main area where I think improvements need to be made in The Elder Scrolls formula. In this post I aim to explain how the current system works, to explain what’s wrong with that system, and to suggest some possible alternatives that I think would be much better than what we have at the moment. Continue reading


5 Things I Don’t Like About Skyrim

So, I’ve had Skyrim for over a week now and I’m roughly 50 hours into it. I’ve finished the main quest and a couple of the biggest side quests as well. Don’t get me wrong, Skyrim is an absolutely amazing game. What I want to do in this post, however, is to make 5 criticisms of things that I think the game did badly; the things that it could improve upon.

Combine this post with my First Impressions one and you’ve got yourself a fairly solid review of the game (at least, I hope so!). Anyway, on with the nitpicking! Continue reading

Skyrim: First Impressions

An early village you will encounter

I picked up Skyrim nice and early yesterday: I went down with my friend Oisin to the 8 o’ clock opening of GameStop in Dun Laoghaire to get it. I spent most of yesterday playing the game and I wanted to share some of my first impressions and reactions to what I saw and did. The game is AWESOME; these are 5 most notable additions so far. Continue reading