Over the past two months, I decided to take a break from fiction and Poser art to spend my insomniac hours playing the Bethesda game “Morrowind”.
Morrowind was a bit of unfinished business in my life. I bought the game more than 10 years ago, but when first I attempted to play it I couldn’t figure out how to use controls based on letters instead of directional arrows and mouse clicks, because I was too used to playing older Dreamcatcher games. I quickly gave up and set the CD’s aside, figuring I’d eventually I’d figure out what I needed to do and get back to the game. Years later I played “Oblivion”, and that was when I finally did learn how to use Bethesda’s combat system. Later came Fallout New Vegas in 2011 and Fallout 3 in 2012.
At the end of 2012 I stopped gaming while I was writing and illustrating “The Girl with No Name”. I finished that project at the end of 2013 and decided to try my hand at Morrowind now that I knew how to use the controls. I created a character named “Oana” after one of the characters from the novel, worked her up to level 25, and conducted some basic exploring of Vvardenfell Island before I stopped to play Skyrim. Upon completing Skyrim last May, I decided to work on upgrading my old Poser pictures and eventually got into creating the new “Roommates” series. That push knocked me out and made me want to take a break from Poser, therefore I figured it was time to finish up Morrowind. So… for anyone wondering about my absence from DA… I’ve been off-line playing an old video game.
Morrowind is an old game (released in 2002), but its lore is important for fans of the Elder Scrolls series and the game is significant for anyone interested in gaming history in general. It was a big deal for its time and continues to be sold in stores and through Steam. The version I bought had the “Bloodmoon” expansion pack included, but it is missing the “Tribunal” expansion. Apart from official upgrades, the only mod I used was the “Better Bodies” mod from the Nexus modding forum: www.nexusmods.com/morrowind/mo…?
I have completed most of the faction and side quests and my character’s stats are maxed out, so I am close to being done, at least with this particular character. As I come close to working on the main quest and finishing my play-through, I figured that some of my visitors might be interested in seeing what Morrowind looks like, so I posted screenshots in the following folder: caligula97030.deviantart.com/g…
I added explanations to give people an idea of what is going on and why I thought the picture was worth posting. When people post screenshots online, I usually ask: OK, what is significant about this image? How does it make me better understand the game it is portraying?
Screenshots are not art. At best they are a depiction of someone’s experience playing a game or a resource to help potential players figure out what the game is like. Still, I hope that what I posted might provide some information and spark interest in an old, but very significant part of gaming history.