The Addictiveness of Skyrim

It’s been 9 years since I’ve found as addicting a game as Knights of The Old Republic for Xbox, and I must say that Skyrim has taken the cake. Going on 20 years of age, I’ve found myself regressing to pre-adolescent habits of hours upon hours of gameplay, delving myself into a fantasy world of limitless possibilities. I bought the game Skyim on its release date in November of 2011, and since then I’ve probably logged more hours playing Skyrim than I have spent sleeping. I honestly believe there has yet to been a game, with the exception of World of Warcraft that has drawn so many various people, hardcore gamers to casual ones into a cycle of countless hours of gameplay. Before Skyrim I wouldn’t even call myself a casual gamer. I probably averaged and hour or 2 a week. After Skyrim I average an hour or 2 a morning, then another 2 hours in the afternoon, and then maybe another 2 during the time I should be sleeping. I believe the root of the addiction lies in Skyrim’s ability to give Players full range of control. Many games in Skyrim’s category have had open worlds, but like a game of Tether ball, the game only goes so far. Skyrim cuts the cord, and lets players literally do whatever they want, while also providing a fun and exciting quest.

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  1. um8567
    Apr 12, 2012 @ 23:40:21

    It is for this very reason I am afraid to start playing the game, pure and simple. I know it is the type of game that will suck me in and take over my life. I have gotten to the level where I am just a casual gamer and have been this way since the start of College. This is certainly the game that will make me revert to the high school days of videogame all-nighters. How do I know this? The last game I go sucked into was Grand Theft Auto, which at the time gave the user more freedom than any other game out there. Now from what I have heard with Skyrim, it takes freedom of play to an entirely new level.
    I have seen what the game does to people. Countless numbers of my friends have purchased the game and logged hours upon hours of gameplay to date. It has become almost a second life for them. It is a life where they are allowed to run around freely and kill dragons to their hearts content. So I decided to ask them what made the game so special and so impossibly addictive. The overall resounding answer among them was the impeccable graphics and unparalleled freedom.

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