Skyrim is an absolute monster of a game, there is no doubt about it. But do you know everything there is to know about it? Probably not. Well, to help you in your quest we’ve decided to talk about 10 things that you might have not known about the game. Enjoy.
10: 25 of the best-selling games are Nintendo titles – except GTA and Skyrim
Well, who would have thought that the only real gaming power houses were Nintendo? Crazy right?! Even more impressive than that is that there are only 2 games outside of the Nintendo bracket that qualified in the top 25 Best Selling titles of all time, the ever popular Grand Theft Auto, and the global extravaganza that is Skyrim.
9: Skyrim’s designer is one of the best
For those of you who don’t know his name, it’s Todd Howard and he’s good. He’s one of the only designers in the history of gaming to win 3 back-to-back game of the year awards winning with Oblivion, Fallout 3 and of course Skyrim – but missing out on another with Fallout 4 (Witcher 3 won game of the year).
8: The Japanese love Skyrim
Might seem a strange point to add to this list considering that the Japanese gaming culture is quite a vibrant one. But did you know that Skyrim is the first game outside of Japan to get a perfect score in Famitsu? Impressive!
7: The “Dragon” language creator
Bit of a tribute, this point more than anything. Adam Adamowicz, a concept artist and the designer of Skyrim’s “Dragon” language sadly lost his fight to cancer in February of 2012. He had also worked on other big titles such as Elder Scrolls IV, Fallout 3 and Fallout 4.
6: It has Super Mario in it
OK, Skyrim doesn’t actually contain Super Mario as an entity – but wouldn’t that have been a weird one to see? It does however have Charles Martinet, the voice of our favourite Italian plumber, and he plays the character Paarthurnax!
5: Baby Skyrim
Ever wanted completely free Bethesda games for life?! I’m not entirely sure that was the angle of this particular family, however their first child was born on 11-11-11 and was named Dovahkiin! Bethesda decided to hat-tip the couple for this and promised to give them a lifetime free supply of Bethesda games. Now isn’t that cute?
4: A lot of singers to make huge sound
Everybody knows the opening song for Skyrim, everybody knows that it’s intense, everybody knows it must have taken a lot of man power! How many? It was 30. I know it sounds more, but that’s because they used the same 30 people, 3 times to give it the sound of a 90 strong choir. Skyrim really did pull out all the stops.
3: It contains cartoon royalty
One of the most iconic cartoon and gaming voice actors of all time gave his all for Skyrim, Jim Cummings. You may know him from such things as Winnie the Pooh (Pooh and Tigger), or as Taz of the Warner Brother’s fame. But he also voiced a number of Skyrim characters, there were a lot but included (but not limited to) Thadgeir, Olfrid, Battle-Born, Vignar and Gray-Mane.
2: It’s actually Educational
Here’s a good fact for you to use against your parents or teachers when they tell you that you should study instead of playing games – Skyrim is seemingly a factual game. Rice University of Houston, Texas actually uses Skyrim to teach students about Scandinavian culture.
1: Game of Thrones link
Bethesda were originally contacted to make a game based on colossus TV hit series “Game of Thrones”, and from that, Skyrim was born. Don’t worry Game of Thrones fans, it wasn’t anything personal – Bethesda just decided they would rather make their own world for players instead, and what a wonderful job they did.
So there you have it. Some great facts about a truly incredible game – sure, there are a few more facts kicking about that you probably already knew, but come on, the voice of Super Mario? You can’t pretend you knew that one.