If you’re new to the internet you may not be aware of this, but there was a time when the internet was a simpler place – a place almost entirely made up of cat photos, nutshots and so, so much porn. That is until November 11th came around and Skyrim mounted a devastating invasion on the digital space, nudging the other heavyweights aside to make room for itself atop the internet content hierarchy. It’s become so commonplace for a ‘Fus Ro Dah’ or an ‘arrow to the knee’ to appear on your favorite website that it’s hard to believe both of those phrases were psychobabble as recently as two months ago. Like every other online craze, the Skyrim obsession started off funny and quickly peaked in creativity before it got stale and became the nauseating knee-jerk reaction we know today.
But that’s not to say that there aren’t some hilarious, ingenious or otherwise fantastic things that fans have created about the phenomenal Elder Scrolls title. Here is a list of my favorite Skyrim memes, mods and oddities:
PC gamers have at least one advantage over their console peers, in that they have a huge community of people who create and share mods of their favorite games. Skyrim is no exception to this, boasting all kinds of useful tweaks to the standard content like graphical enhancements or health bars for your lockpicks, but it also gives some creative fans way too much freedom. Take for example…
The Zoidberg Mudcrab mod:
Or Macho Man Alduin Savage:
As a console gamer myself, I feel like I’m missing out on some of the quirky things mods allow you to do. But I’m not complaining because Skyrim is still amazing on Playst — Wait, what? Zoidberg Mudcrabs fighting terrifying Frostbite Spider-Mans?
…Point me to the nearest computer store.
Memes are the internet’s primary export. They’re responsible for 90% of the “funny” e-mails your mom sends to your junk mail folder every week. When Skyrim came to the attention of online meme-makers, macros were invented, re-purposed, or grossly misused to incredible lengths, to the point where Google image search results featured more bad Photoshop than actual game screenshots. The highlights:
I carried those Goddamn bones across all 9 holds before I found out I didn’t need them.
And finally, the ‘Fus Ro Dah’ recut meme. Of all of them (And there are lots), here is my favorite:
If that isn’t enough, I suggest you head over to Swedish Youtuber, Robbaz‘s hilarious channel, where he offers some of the most unique guides you’ll find anywhere, teaching you how to become the biggest, most badass Viking in Tamriel. Here’s a taste: