November’s Question of the Month is brought to you by Teri Mae from Sheikah Plate: video gamer, recipe maker and baker of the best carrot cake around. To find out more about her and her site, as well as how you can get involved, take a look at this post.
Back in May I wrote a post in response to a question posed by Strange Girl Gaming as part of a Sunshine Blogger award, all about the video game I’d choose to play for the rest of my life. Despite narrowing it down to either The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (lots of quests) or Horizon Zero Dawn (photo mode) it was a tough choice. Writing the article made me realise that although I have my favourite titles, adventures such as The Secret of Monkey Island aren’t necessarily ones I’d want to be stuck with for the next 60 years.
That’s why I’m glad November’s QotM has a little more room for manoeuvre. With that previous post I’d tried to stick to single-player games as there was a chance online multiplayers could be viewed as ‘cheating’ in some way but Teri Mae is allowing us to pick from a broader spectrum of releases. With online titles with DLC being in scope, I know exactly which one I’m going to go for this tube around – and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few other bloggers who do the same.
Here’s my answer: The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO).
I’ve had an on-off ESO addiction for three years since gifting a PlayStation 4 to my other-half and stepson for Christmas in 2015. I decided to check out the game in between taking Pete cups of tea and paracetamol while he was wrapped up in bed with the flu. After spending ten hours online during the first day, a similar amount on the second and third, and then roping Pete into playing with me once he’d recovered, it was safe to say I was well and truly hooked.
I always seem to return to an Elder Scrolls title during the winter months. Maybe it’s simply nostalgia but it could have something to do with the snow in the mountains, the frost trolls lurking among the ice, and the promise of a tankard of mead in front of a roaring fire waiting at the nearest tavern after a hard-fought battle. The timing of this QotM is perfect as November would be a great time to therefore start my ‘one’ game, and there’ll be plenty of festive fun to look forward to once the Christmass events start.
There are so many things to love about ESO. It contains so much lore: find a book and the tales within help create a world which feels living, with its own history and colour. Dungeons provide plenty of action and when you’re tired of slaying monsters, you can head in any direction and just run. You never know what you’re going to find: a villager who’ll reveal some local gossip, a hunter chasing a fox, a clifftop with a beautiful view. All simple things and events that don’t have any direct impact on your journey but ones which add more depth to this online land.
In my editorial last week I mentioned how Pete had recently treated himself to a PlayStation Pro. Now that we have two consoles, we’re going to hook up a second television in the living room so we can go adventuring through the land of Auridon together. My ‘one’ game doesn’t have to be a lonely experience: along with my other-half, there are plenty of other players to meet online in ESO. I know some members of the WordPress community play too – including Thero159 from A Reluctant Hero.
With plenty of nostalgia, events throughout the year, lore, action, exploration and good company, what more could you ask for from the title you’d be spending the rest of your life with? And with blogs dedicated solely to adventures in Elder Scrolls releases, there’s even a good chance I’d be able to keep blogging about video games. Bonus.