I haven't finished Skyrim either. I have been lost on the BF3 battlefields. Also, I grew very tired of the BSOD;s of Skyrim.
I installed Skyrim right when it first came out, pounded through 77 hours in the first week (so averaging 11 hours a day) and got so burned out on the game I decided I needed a break and haven't come back, 10 months later.
I guess the first expansion is as good a time as any to come back to it.
I know what you mean. I went into overdrive with the game. Then the BSOD's started. I still would try and play as much as I could. I've got more hours in than I would like to admit, and I'm still far from doing the main quests. I've been doing so many side quests that I've not been following the game's storyline. But, in actuality, I have enjoyed it. Too much. I'd like to get back into it so I'm going to try it again.
I've re-installed the game a couple of times, deleting local content, etc. I've also updated my video drives. The one thing I haven't done is what I just recently heard about. According to a friend of mine it's a rather common problem with Bethesda games - they don't play nicely on Nvidia displays, especially if there are multiple displays. Supposedly, you have to disable one display to play without the BSOD. I'm willing to try that.
I'm playing on an nVidia dual-monitor setup, and I've yet to see an BSOD playing Skyrim in 800 hours. The complaints were exactly the same for Oblivion: OMG it keeps BSODing! Whenever I see such posts, my response is the same: it's your computer, not Bethesda. Just because a game crashes during one particular game does not mean that game is responsible. It might mean that - but not necessarily. Run at high settings, Skyrim, like previous Beth games, puts a massive strain on your computer. In particular, it really hits the CPU and RAM, not just the GPU. Rather more likely, your computer has a weakness which Skyrim is bringing into the open.
Also: you do know that Beth games don't support Alt-Tab? If that's what is causing your BSODs (which I still doubt), stop it.
First, I'm not an idiot. I don't alt-tab just because Steam seems to like it.
I don't know what is causing my BSODs. I'm still looking for whatever it may be. With my experience in computers (software and hardware) I know that that if you eliminate all the obvious reasons then whatever remains, however obscure, must harbor the reason. I'm trying to eliminate the obvious. In this case it is something related to the game, or how it is being played. It may well be something (hardware or software) related to my computer. Before destroying my system in the attempt to fix this problem I first check out other reported successes at conquering this demon.
I am sure that you are a genius and you speak with the authority of God, but I am still a skeptic. Without further proof I cannot just blindly accept your statement that since you have never experienced a problem then everyone else is faking it. I am glad you are perfect. We need more people like you so we would no longer have to think.
New Skyrim DLC out for the Xbox 360. This one kind of came in under the radar. Sounds like even the gaming press wasn't given an advance heads up.
It's called Skyrim: Hearthfire, and according to gaming blog Joystiq:
I will bet you $5 that it will come out for PC and PS3 exactly 30 days after it came out for the Xbox!Skyrim's "Hearthfire" add-on is ready for Xbox 360's Dovamestics. Buy land, build a home, and then fill it with the respectful youths from around Skyrim you've come to know and love.
Beyond the blessing of parenthood, customize your house with an armory, alchemy lab and trade tools of whatever other crafting arts you're into. Make a hall to show off baubles and your expansive dragon bone collection.
Hearthfire costs 400 Microsoft Points ($5). There was no mention of when the expansion will make its way to PC or PS3.
Anyway, I can't imagine it will let you build a house anywhere. I'm sure there are pre-determined locations that you can choose from.
As for the adopting kids thing? Sounds lame. The whole marriage thing in Skyrim (as we've previously discussed in this thread) was lame and so superficial and I have no doubt that the adopting a child thing will be any different.
AFAIK there are three fixed locations, and you can build on (I think) all three if you are rich enough. So yes, you are correct. As for the adoption thing, it's another thing from the DICE GameJam video (as is the house building actually). The video showed you being able to do things like give the little brats pocket money. Anyway, if you've killed Grelod it's only fair that you have a chance to help out with the orphans.
That said, I'm not buying the DLCs until the GOTY edition comes out.
I recently jumped back into Skyrim after a long break (playing MMO's lol).
WOW, the new video card makes Skyrim so much more enjoyable then my old SLI set-up.
GTX560Ti > 8800GTS/640 SLI.
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Skyrim: Dragonborn will have you returning to... Morrowind? Kind of.
Skyrim: Dragonborn will have the player following down the story of the first Dragonborn and will have you returning to the island of Solthsteim which is off the coast of Morrowind and was featured in the Morrowind expansion "Bloodmoon".
It will cost $20 on PC and PS3 or 1600 Microsoft Pretend Dollars on the Xbox 360. It is coming out for the Xbox 360 on December 4th with the PC and PS3 versions coming "later" (meaning, 1 month later).
Returning to Solthsteim makes a lot of sense. I believe the island of Vvardenfell was destroyed in the interim between Oblivion and Skyim. As I recall from Bloodmoon, Solthsteim was in between Morrowind and Skyrim and was colonized by the Nords, so it makes since it would return in Skyrim.
and thats why i haven't bought any skyrim dlc.
that being said the exclusivity deal was for the first two dlc's. that would be dawnguard and hearthfire. unless they renewed the deal.
I thought at E3 they announced it was for ALL Skyrim DLC, but I'm not sure.
We all know the reasons why Microsoft prefers Xbox gaming to PC gaming, but I just wish they wouldn't pretend we were the enemy. I mean, I am gaming on a legit copy of Windows 7.
the problem is that the exclusivity deals are teh worst marketing campaigns anyones ever thought of. no ones buying a console because of who gets dlc first. that being said sony does the same thing, i think they got some bf3 dlc first. who ever came up with this stuff is mentally retarded.
no ones going to buy a console specifically because of this. especially when both sony and microsoft do it. because no matter what you do (ie no matter what console you buy) your going to get screwed at some point by either microsoft or sony out of this crap.
its a lose lose for everyone involved.
It's pretty weak sauce, but the publishers are making a fortune on it. I think the COD exclusivity deal for three games between Mircosoft and Activision was something like $90 million, but don't quote me on that.