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.