So I was strolling through the streets of Whiterun the other day when suddenly it hit me. An arrow, that is.
That’s right, there I was, minding my own business, wandering through town looking to sell some junk when out of nowhere, an arrow came flying from behind me and hit me square in the back. I moved instantly into attack mode, instinctively reacting to what seemed like a random bandit encounter, but then I remembered I was in the middle of town. Who the heck just shot me?
This is where it gets interesting, and is one of the reasons I love this game so much. I looked around, thinking that maybe I’d committed a crime recently that I’d forgotten about, and the guards were out to get me. But there was a guard standing nearby, and he didn’t seem to care. He also didn’t seem too concerned that one of his citizens just got pelted in the back with an arrow, but I let it slide. Maybe he was drunk.
As it turns out, I was being attacked by none other than the Whiterun Banker (a character from a mod I use called “Bank of Skyrim.” The mod allows you to approach characters in each of the nine holds and invest some of your money over a period of time, just like you would in a real bank or investment firm). Maybe I owed her some money or something, because I’ve never been attacked on sight before! What’s even more bizarre is that after turning around to see who shot me, she had already put away her bow and was just cowering in a corner, ready to take me on MMA style. If you’re going to act like a thug and come after me for money, at least have the guts to finish the job!
Which brings me to my point. When this game released, Bethesda wasn’t afraid to acknowledge that there were bugs in the game. In fact, they went so far as to say that was part of the game’s charm, and that as long as the bugs weren’t game-breaking, they should be enjoyed for their comical nature. And you know what? I took them to heart on that. Fortunately, I never experienced any major game-breaking bugs (until recently when I was unable to begin a new character, this was fixed by re-installing the game), but the bugs I did experience have all been entertaining, like this stressed out banker incident. Granted, this bug came off a player-created mod, but it’s a great and recent example of what I’m talking about.
I’ve experienced other glitches where dragons were invisible, my character could sneak without being in sneak mode, my crossbow bolts were unable to harm opponents (they just bounced off them and hit the ground), deer were insanely powerful, and one of my favorites: annoying followers that got lost and never caught up to me again. None of these were ever so bad that it was something a simple game restart couldn’t fix, and I really got a good laugh out of them. And if you’re going to let something like this get you all hot and bothered and start trashing the game all over the internet, well you need to relax.
Because let’s face it, this game is huge. The very thing that makes this game amazing is also one of the things that makes it so difficult to make perfect. With all the square footage this game covers, it’s understandable that there will be glitches. It’s reasonable to think that there might be a room with an unlocked door that you just simply cannot get into. It makes sense that, occasionally, one of those dragons will be flying around in an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini (ok, that one I haven’t seen, but there’s gotta be a mod out there for it…).
So I guess my point is this: don’t let any of these bugs you encounter get you down. Embrace them. Screenshot them. Share them with friends. As long as these things aren’t breaking your game, or at least if you’re able to re-load the game and have it be fixed, I say live and let bug. This game has too many great things going for it for people to count it out just because the developers missed a few needles in a haystack the size of Idaho.
What are some of the most entertaining bugs you’ve found during your travels around Skyrim? Has anyone else been attacked by the angry banker? Or was she just mad because I turned her down for that drink after work? Either way, it was nothing a quick reload couldn’t fix, and now we’re back on professional terms again, and I think things are going well with my investment. At least, I don’t THINK she’s doing anything shady with my money…