Oh, the Things You'll Eat in Skyrim

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One of the best things about Bethesda's games is the level of granularity in their inventory items—from tiny alchemical ingredients to pieces of meat, just about every tiny thing in the game can be carried and consumed.


Over at Kill Screen, Gus Mastrapa has taken us on a tour of the cuisine he's enjoyed during the opening bits of Skyrim—from the start of the section that's been shown off in many a preview, Gus chooses the road less traveled. Specifically, he chooses to track down as many edible things as possible, and catalog them.

The butterfly lit upon a large rock, then took to the air. I looked up, plucked the creature out of the air, and checked my inventory. I'd already plucked its wings from its body-presumably to be mixed into a potion. Rather than waiting to find a use for this strange reagent, I ate the wings. A golden aura swirled around my body and I discovered that butterfly wings can restore health. It was then that I decided to push west and eat everything in Skyrim that I could get my hands on.

In addition to "a monarch butterfly," Gus's quest led him to ingest plenty of other things including a torchbug, venison, uncooked potato and cabbage, some raw beef and chicken breast, and even a cooked salmon steak, among other things. I'm sure you're wondering: did he eat any dragons? Well, sort of. He ate "a bee and a dragonfly."

It's a fun post, and a reminder of the incredible (almost ridiculous?) level of detail in the upcoming game. Okay time to go fry up this salmon I caught.

Things I Ate in Skyrim [Kill Screen Daily]

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The more I hear about Skyrim and the whole Elder Scrolls franchise, the more I realize I have missed out. I have not played any of them and Skyrim will be the first one I will play. (I'm sure the others have their pros and cons, I just can't go backwards 5 years or more worth of technology to play them. I can't do it, so don't even bother suggesting it.)

Anyhow, the depth and breadth of Skyrim sounds like a real mixed blessing. I love the idea of a game so immersive that I can spend hours trying to locate just the reagents to make the poultices I need, but that task has to be balanced just right. If it's not, it can be either a tedious bore, or too simplistic and unfulfilling once completed.

I do want a game that allows me to live out any sort of extremely granular life I choose in a fantasy environment. And yet, I want a game that doesn't bog me down with all that stuff when I just want to go all berserker and kill enemies.

I really hope Skyrim can give me those two alternate games in one package.