the last few days . . .

I’ve been really busy the last few days, though someone outside the house might not think so.  Last Monday a good friend who’s been out-of-touch for a few years called me up and asked about renewing our friendship.  One thing we both have in common is playing video games, so when he suggested we get our respective copies of The Elder Scrolls Online updated (and he had a TON of mods to share with me – I’ve never tried modding an MMO before) we worked out how he would share the mods with me and I started checking out which ones I wanted to use.  Two days later – the game no longer looks familiar!  Not that I played it all that much anyhow – I don’t like MMO’s unless I’m sharing them with someone I already know IRL, AND know their game-play style works with mine.

Anyhow, now I have to sort out which mods I want and don’t, based on how the game experience changes as I play using them.  The first thing I need to do is get rid of a huge dwemer-style clock that is sitting smack-dab in the middle of my screen.  LOL!

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The Last Straw…

483px-SR-cover-Skyrim_Box_ArtOk, I knew when I bought The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for my PC last year that it was supposed to need some sort of authentication cycle with the online company called STEAM.  I had hoped (in vain, as it turns out) that I could at least install the game on the PC, even without some features.  Nope, it wouldn’t even complete the installation without me signing into a STEAM account that I didn’t have.  So, I took the disc out of my PC and put it on a shelf.

Now, boredom has overtaken me to a huge degree, and so I thought I’d give it another shot.  I was fully prepared to have to create a STEAM account just for the one action of authenticating my disc – that is how bored I am lately.  I even have Skyrim on my PS3 – I’m wanting it on the PC so I can use some mods that friends have shared with me.  Sony won’t allow you to install mods on PS3 games.

So, I put the disc into my NEW PC, and ………. nothing.  The computer treats it like a bad disc.  Just to make sure it wasn’t the drive, I installed The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion from another disc I had on the shelf.  It installed perfectly on the first try.  The only guess I have is that when I aborted the install on the old computer – somehow Bethesda had a kill-switch built into the software that ruined the disc so it can’t be used ever again.  I don’t even know how they would do that, but I haven’t any other ideas as to why that game won’t install on a brand new computer.

Now I’m so upset with Bethesda I am willing to boycott them.  I love the games they made in the past that I’ve played – but I will never play another of their games if they don’t trash the protectionist attitude BS.  They can afford to lose money on 2% of the games in circulation – I don’t enjoy wasting $65 on a game that I bought from a legal retail outlet.