Skyrim + Tumblr = The Most Epic Quest of All –
If you had told me way back in 2011 that one of the most unifying and iconic games of the HD era would be a wandering lore-heavy open-world fantasy Norway simulator, I’d have questioned your sanity. SURELY, the team at Bethesda weren’t the stewards of gaming in-jokes for the next decade, that’s nonsense! And yet, here we are. Perhaps it was the way that Todd Howard simplified the mechanics of classic RPG gameplay for the console audience, maybe it was the unconventional Scandinavian aesthetic that broke through a Tolkien-exhausted audience.
I’ve suggested in the past that gaming fandom was BUILT to celebrate communally what we usually experience in solitude. That the times we spent alone for hours on end exploring and side-questing feels better knowing that millions of other friends have made the same journeys. It’s that reason why Skyrim, the most widely played open world besides Los Santos (which has its own perpetual community) still lives on in memes and on social media.