Saturday Night – Thoughts of Skyrim and Zombies

What do the video game of Skyrim and zombies have in common?  Well, forgetting about draugr in the game who are undead guardians of treasures in the crypts, actually, very little. The biggest commonality are that they are two of the things I am sitting here thinking about on a Saturday evening at home.

I am thinking of Skyrim because  playing it on my new computer is awesome.  And, I am at level 43.  Now, if you play the game, 43 means something to you.  Level 43 is over the 1/2 mark to 81.  81 used to be the highest level you could reach in the game.  It has been fixed not so that you can choose to keep leveling with some good and bad things to it.  Regardless, 43 is a huge number because it takes longer (usually) to get through to each new level, so, for instance, it is relatively quick to go from 2 to 3 or 4 to 5.  It takes quite awhile to get to 43.  I would guess I have been playing this particular game for around the 200 hour mark.  A long time to spend in a game.  I learn when I play.  I learn patience, memory, new strategies, and always I find new areas or new people or quests.  It is new territory for me.  I cannot even guess how long it will actually take me to get to level 50, let alone 60, 70, and 81.  Below are a couple of screenshots just so you can see how detailed the new computer makes things.  I wish I had some old ones, so I could put them side by side – and then, I did.

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Old one above; new one below.

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I believe you can click and perhaps enlarge again each one.  If you can, you should be able to see the differences.  If not, then just take my word for it.  If nothing else, I get better quality, faster speed, virtually no pauses, and loading the different areas is 2-3 times faster.  I do know that I can see distant things in the game that I could never see before.

Regardless, that is what I have been thinking about as far as Skyrim is concerned.  Great game – a lot of fun.

Zombies, on the other hand, ( I wouldn’t want them on either hand, really) are on my mind because I watched “The Walking Dead” Season 5 premier Thursday night (great!) and my daughter and I watched “World War Z” tonight (1st time for her, 3rd or 4th for me).  Those are two totally different depictions of zombies and both are handled differently.  In all honesty, I don’t think Rick and his TWD gang would be able to handle the WWZ baddies.  They are too numerous, too unpredictable, and too dang fast!  However, TWD has memorable and great characters in it that I want to see over a long time.  WWZ is a movie (a book, sure, but still…) and goes more for action and suspense over character building.  Again, two different aspects.  Both are great in their own way.

Why did I write about these two things tonight?  Just feeling a little like letting all of you into my head a bit.  Scared, yet?  I think you should be!!!

– Do you have any thoughts on different shows and/or movies and/or books that deal with the same subject but in totally different ways?  I would like to hear about them. Hint, hint – comments!

🙂

Namaste,

Scott

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