Skyrim… that was the first game I played after taking a 6-month break from video games.
I’ll admit that I didn’t play Skyrim when it released. I was too busy trying to get my life in order at the time it released. I was fresh out of jail, had a baby on the way, and I just wanted to focus on getting my personal life together while I prepared for having my first kid, technically second. You see… my child isn’t biologically mine. I met her and her mom when she was only a year old. I’m the only dad she’s ever known and she was two (and a half) years old when I got out of jail. She didn’t recognize me when I got out and that broke my heart.
I had to re-bond with her so I would take her to the park and just… spend time with her. In March, shortly before the birth of my second daughter, I was finally ready to start gaming again. I had just bought Mass Effect 3 and decided that it would be a great time to jump back into things. I played through Mass Effect 3 in two sittings and loved 95% of it. It was incredible. After that, I remembered that I owned Skyrim. I unsealed the wrapper, booted it up, and noticed my daughter starting at me. She wanted some attention so I put the controller down and asked her what she wanted to do. She was curious about what game I was playing so I let her watch me play.
A few hours later we were both in love with Skyrim. She loved the horses, pretty colors, and magic spells and I loved, well, everything. Skyrim had us laughing and we made our own game out of it around the house. She would run up to me and shout, “Fus Ro Dah!” and I would throw myself around the house and pretended like I was hurt. It helped us bond and I’ll always love it for that.
As a game on its own, it’s still incredible. It’s my favorite game of all time and it would still be that way if I had never played it with my kid. I love it that much. It’s the only game that’ll allow me to become a werewolf, steal everything not nailed to the ground, talk to a talking dog, work for various different Daedra Princes, and still find time to chase butterflies while slaying dragons in my free time. Skyrim gave me an unlimited amount of freedom that I never got tired of it. When it released on the Switch I got it day one because I knew what I was in for. My favorite game that I could play on the toilet and boy did I.
Fast forward a few years and I was still heavily invested in Skyrim. As a matter of fact, I wouldn’t be writing this right now if it wasn’t for Skyrim. Skyrim is what made me start blogging and I’ve written many articles about it since I started doing this 6 years ago. I don’t think any piece I write will ever top my Top 5 Weekly Skyrim Mods – Sexy Edition, but that’s okay. Nudity and Skyrim just go together.
One morning I was sitting up playing Skyrim and heard my 4-year-old daughter calling my name. So I let her come into the dining room with me and decided to record us playing some Skyrim. We both had a lot of fun and I even got some really nice memories out of it. Take a look –
Skyrim has given me many wonderful memories and awesome gaming moments. I’ve written about it many times here (even though I’ve lost some of my work when I moved from WordPress) and I can’t wait for Bethesda to, finally, release The Elder Scrolls VI. Happy Birthday Skyrim. You’re the best game ever made and made this proud father a very happy man.