“So Catburt, even though the dragon Parthanblarg has lived in Skyrim for thousands of years without causing trouble, and even though he’s been indispensable in our efforts to save the world, and even though he’s been pretty trusting of us so far, he needs to die. And even though you’re nominally his friend and we’ve been retconned as ‘dragon hunters’, we’re asking YOU to do it.”
It is shocking how quickly this game will shift between great ambition and utter stupidity. Without even noticing. Without even pausing for a breath.
I can’t even wrap my head around how silly it is to have all of the great leaders of Skyrim hike to and from the mountaintop, with no escort, during wartime, all at once, through bears and trolls and allegedly bad weather, on foot. Frankly, I kind of think the Thalmor blew it here. Just one assassination would have caused the whole thing to backfire and make the war that much bloodier.
A few weeks ago we were talking about our favorite seasons of Spoiler Warning. For the record: This is my new favorite episode. Especially the end.
Catburt is a horrible son of a bitch, and I love him for it. He is absolutely the hero Skyrim deserves.
Could Have Been Great
Here are four games that could have been much better with just a little more work.
Video Compression Gone Wrong
How does image compression work, and why does it create those ugly spots all over some videos and not others?
What was the problem with the Playstation 3 hardware and why did Sony build it that way?
Push the Button!
Scenes from Half-Life 2:Episode 2, showing Gordon Freeman being a jerk.
What Does a Robot Want?
No, self-aware robots aren't going to turn on us, Skynet-style. Not unless we designed them to.