Midnight Releases

November 10, 2011

It’s interesting to see the different brands of dork who show up for the midnight releases for videogames of different genres. The type of people who show up for RPG’s for instance, are largely different than the crowds for sports games. But that statement should be obvious to anyone who’s reading this.

What got me on this train of thought was my preorder of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The vast majority of the people that showed up for the local midnight release looked like grimy cave trolls that had crawled out of their grandmother’s basement just long enough to snag themselves a copy. Unaccustomed to the way light slides off flesh that hasn’t been washed in a week, long shaggy hair, and scraggly beards which threaten to rebelliously overtake the faces of those who’ve neglected them for ages. It looked to me as though some of them were doing their best to mimic the creatures of the fantasy world they so covet. If I stumble into a familiar looking dwarf/Walmart cashier inside Skyrim’s vast world I won’t be a bit surprised. Skeeved out maybe, but not surprised.

Alas, fair reader, I must depart. I long to embark on my great journey. To see foreign skies; to place my naked feet in ancient grasslands; to drink from forbidden fountains; and smite familiar looking dwarves.

~Penguin

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