A Political and Economic Analysis of Skyrim

Sam Cavanagh

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is an open-world role-playing video game developed by Bethesda. Skyrim allows an individual to develop an identity based upon race, sex and characteristics, while immersing themselves inside the fantasy environment. Skyrim is the fifth in the series, with Arena as the first instalment. The series developed its popularity following the release of Morrowind, utilising the Direct3D engine and the application of ‘transforming, clipping and lighting’ computer graphics and pioneering single-player role playing games. The support of The Elder-Scrolls series and Bethesda’s award winning Morrowind and Oblivion allowed for the positive reception of Skyrim with 230,000 Steam players alone on the first day.

The ability for the user to create a representation of oneself or construct a new identity is the key construct of Skyrim. Through personalisation of the product and the immersive nature allows users to transcend beyond their physical presence (Madigan…

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