As gaming has advanced from static platforms like arcade machines and Atari, its dimensions have expanded beyond the 2D limitations of past systems to encompass entire worlds. Open world gaming makes video games as big as our imagination, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in our preferred fantasy for hours and hours. In 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim became the paradigm for this type of role-playing experience, boasting stunning environments, thrilling dungeons, and an addictive system of character development that you can completely lose yourself in.

Few games have been so unrestricted in their boundaries as to suggest an alternative manner of playing them altogether. That is,
Skyrim isn’t defined by a storyline that you complete from start-to-finish; rather, it’s more impressive for everything you can do instead of doing that. Spend hours dueling dragons, running from one mountain to the next, or “beating the game,” for whatever that can mean in this context. Either way, Skyrim is a game that, because of its countless, fantastic possibilities, can quickly become more of a priority than your own life.