Glitches are a part of the Elder Scrolls charm. They are a fact of life, like death, taxes and Mission Impossible sequels. No matter how much one game improves upon the last, there are always a bajillion glitches, and it never seems to stop them from winning awards and garnering widespread praise.
Dorkly mocks this phenomenon with a sequence of highly hilarious (and highly fictional) internal development memos that show how Skyrim‘s programmers got a little, well, out of control. Here’s a taste:
We forgive the Elder Scrolls their glitches because of the sheer scope of the games. When you can go almost anywhere, do almost anything and never run out of quests, the occasional floating horse is no big deal. And we embrace these glitches because of their community-building aspects. Hoards of nerds relish the opportunity to find, document, share, exploit and create memes based on glitches stumbled upon in this world for which we share a passion, even an obsession.
Sometimes they are fun, like floating objects in Morrowind. Then again, sometimes they are infuriating, like when my female elf became a vampire in Oblivion and her face transformed into a dude’s face (on a female body) and then the old witch lady who was supposed to cure me locked herself in the basement and wouldn’t come out. Man, that was a bummer.
Now I invite you to share your Elder Scrolls glitch stories in the comments. I know you have them.