Oblivion Hates My PC

Well, chalk that up as TWO reboots while playing Oblivion. I’m riding my horse to this city, the game starts to chug a bit and poof — black screen followed by a involuntary reboot. Damn it.

Also, as much as I enjoy the game (and that’s two reboots in about 8 hrs of play, still not good but not so bad that it’s unplayable) I still have issues with the main quest / side quest storylines.

The Main Quest, from what I have seen of it, is pretty epic ‘save the world’ kinda stuff. So from a story perspective, why would I bother with some of the mundane side quests? Seriously, I’m on an Elwood Blues Mission from God — I ain’t got time to deal with the Fighter’s Guild or help break some innocent dude out of prison. I got shit to do!

I know that it’s “just a game” and that I shouldn’t overanalyze but Bethesda goes to great lengths to make you feel as a real part of this world, and this game mechanic (it’s been like this since Daggerfall) has always bugged me. Now, I know that you don’t have to do any of the side quests, but that’s a huge, huge part of this game — the sheer amount of it.

Baldur’s Gate was like this, too, and I loved that series more than any fantasy series ever put on a PC. So I can and will live with it.

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5 Responses to Oblivion Hates My PC

  1. Jonah Falcon says:

    Who says you have to do the side quests?

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  2. Dan Clarke says:

    Get teh 360 version. 🙂

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  3. davet010 says:

    Side quests are always useful as they complete the picture of a world where other things are going on as well as the main tale.They also allow you to increase your skills and to find/buy/acquire better weapons etc..so that you are in tip-top shape when you do rejoin the main path.As for the 360/PC debate….it all boils down to mods. If the Oblivion mod scene is anything like the Morrowind one, PC is the way to go.

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  4. serialmike says:

    I completly agree and cant seem to bother doing side quests either.The only time i have deviated at all was because i was stuck. and couldnt do something for a bit.I know i love it and ill finish it….bit something tells me it wont be 300 hrs and i wont play several times with different characters like i should.Something tells me ill be back to wow sooner than expected.

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  5. Jonah Falcon says:

    By the way, tried the Battlefield 2 360 demo. Wow, it really looks really really pretty (no brightness control, of course — it’s an EA game). The only thing lacking is player organization — as a demo with random people playing together, it’s not surprising. There were too many people choosing to be snipers, but again, it’s just a demo and people were just trying out the classes.The controls are very good, too. So far, this makes Ghost Recon look lame and ugly in comparison.PS. Never played the PC version. Never got around to it.

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