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The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion


The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

When I heard that this weekend would mark the tenth anniversary since the launch of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I thought two things. One, “Holy shit, it's been ten years since Oblivion came out?” Two, “Holy shit, it's only been ten years since Oblivion came out?”

Oblivion feels like a game that happened a lifetime ago, but it also feels like something I just played yesterday. I'm sure there is a glib remark someone could make about “Hur hur, that's because Fallout 4 is just Oblivion with guns” but I don't mean it like that. Oblivion was influential. It was impactful. It's a game that has clung to my consciousness for a decade now. For all its many faults, quirks, and speech-wheels, it was a game that changed what I wanted out of an RPG, and I'd like to take a moment to celebrate it.

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