Well Now There’s At Least One Reason to Enroll at Rice University

Rice University Offering Upper-Division Skyrim Class

It’s true; the real name of the course is Scandinavian Fantasy Worlds: Old Norse Sagas and Skyrim and as far as I can tell it’s a thinly veiled way to get college credit for stomping around Tamriel.  Or, as the syllabus puts it: Rice University Offering Upper-Division Skyrim Class

This course has two goals. First, it introduces students to fantasy as both psychological concept and driving force in gamer culture; and second, using these paradigms, it considers how and why medieval Scandinavia serves as a locus of modern Anglo-American fantasy. To these ends, students will read selections from Old Norse and Old Icelandic sagas (in translation) as they play different quests within Skyrim. While the course begins by identifying moments of intersection between the worlds of the sagas and of Skyrim (inclement environments, supernatural figures, mythologies), the course is not in any means meant to map the former onto the latter. The purpose of establishing these connections is to then consider how elements of medieval Scandinavian culture have been taken out of historical milieu and literary context, morphed into unfamiliar shape, and appropriated towards other fantastic pursuits. We’ll consider the political saga of Skyrim, with its emphasis on Empire and rebellion, as pursuits made possible by way of Scandinavia in order to think through what Scandinavian fantasy worlds are really about and why they resonate with contemporary Anglo-American culture.

 TL;DR BRO. JUST GIVE ME AN A+ I ‘CAUSE I TOTALLY BLUDGEONED 1,000 VILLAGERS TO DEATH WITH MY ENCHANTED MACE OF MOLAG BOR.  KEEP ALL THAT SCRANDOVANIA LIT WHATEVER TO YOURSELF. (via)

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Trailer Park: New Skyrim DLC! Though Maybe Not EXACTLY What You Were Expecting. **UPDATE I Told You So

Skyrim: Hearthfire –

I just read something describing this DLC as The Sims: Skyrim. Seems pretty apt to me. By the same token, this is exactly the type of game play that hooks me.  I can build my own stupid house and endlessly arrange trophies? Sign me up! However, the initial problem is going to be getting all of my loot from my house in Whiterun out to wherever I build my M.C. Escher nightmare of a domicile. I spent over 130 hours collecting every book, weapon, scrap of armor, piece of jewelry, alchemy component and malleable metal that I came across, all of which is in what are apparently Chests of Holding in my ramshackle Whiterun dump.  How am I going to get everything frome Point A to Point B in a timely manner? Just like in real life, moving is a bitch.

This may be a moot point for us PS3 owners though, as I still don’t have access to Dawnguard and it doesn’t look like I will anytime soon.

In relation to the Dawnguard expansion pack for the PS3 platform, Bethesda still has not decided to give any input on the developments behind this content. In reference to a fans’ concerns on Dawnguard for the PS3, Pete Hines stated that “we got it out on PC as fast as we could. We are equally as unhappy we can’t release current version on PS3.” It is to be presumed that Bethesda is still hard at work trying to resolve the issues they are having with Dawnguard for the PS3. Hopefully they will be able to provide some concrete information to us soon.

I bet that Bethesda just scraps episodic DLC for Skyrim on the PS3 altogether and the only way you’ll be able to play it is on the GOTY edition that they release in 2013 sometime.

**UPDATE — 08.30.12 8:40PM — I WAS RIGHT!! Kotaku reports that “PS3 owners might not get Dawnguard after all“. Way to go, Bethesda. Way. to. go.

Mr. Buttons (Conan O’ Brien) Plays & Reviews Skyrim

Conan certainly seems…dismissive of video games, doesn’t he?  Though I can agree with him on Skyrim’s character creator; sometimes more choice isn’t always better.  Look at the Raw ne Smackdown vs. Raw franchise.  The create-a-wrestler modes were enough to give me nightmares. I don’t know about you, but I have to investigate every option and combo permutation; it quickly goes from fun & curiosity to full blown OCD nightmare.

Things You Want: Video Games as Movie Posters

The Fallout and Skyrim are, in my opinion, the best of the lot. That being said, they’re all incredible and game studios should start cranking these out. These are so much more interesting and evocative over the general bullshot pastiches they throw together. Now I’m curious, who has the best game art?  Take a poll after the jump! take the poll

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