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“Skyrim”: a game of the future

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Five years in the making, “Skyrim” is a big improvement from Bethesda game studio’s last game in the “Elder Scrolls” series. The improved combat feels more fluid and less repetitive and robotic than it has in the past games of the “Elder Scrolls” series. The creators of “Skyrim” have worked hard to include details like writing actual text for the many books that you will find when exploring in “Skyrim.”

In “Skyrim,” your character comes into the world as a dragonborn, who, after slaying a dragon, absorbs its soul. You can use this soul to unlock a random power called a “shout,” which your character will learn from word walls located randomly throughout the country of “Skyrim.” The land of “Skyrim” is terrorized by a powerful dragon named Alduin. You have to travel to the “Graybeards,” masters of the shout, and learn how to kill Alduin.

A small lag is a one of the only problems that I have found when playing “Skyrim” and will most likely be fixed in a future update. With over 300 hours of game play in “Skyrim” you will not run out of quests.

From a seasoned gamer to a first time player, anyone can realize when playing this game that there is something different about it. The International Gaming Network (IGN) gives it a rating of 9.5 out of 10. Because of its superior graphics and revolutionary game play, I give “Skyrim” five out of five stars. The superior graphics and realistic game play come together in beautiful unison to make “Skyrim” a gaming experience unlike all others. Buy “Skyrim” at almost any store that has an electronics section. The average cost of “Skyrim” is $50. 99. The game rating is M for blood and gore, intense violence, sexual themes and use of alcohol.

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Henry Craft, Photographer
Henry Craft, senior photographer and newly assigned column writer at the Amplifier, would describe himself as an average teenage kid. “I like snowboarding, hanging out with friends…and guitar! I really like guitar.” He’s been playing since he was 12, back when a hobby like that could woo all the middle school girls. But now, five years later, he has proven that he is serious and genuinely has talent. “I write my own stuff sometimes but I mostly keep it up here,” he said, pointing to his head. Craft will be channeling his passion as the new writer of a music column at the Amplifier, to include reviews, upcoming concerts and more. In past years he has mostly taken photos, so now Henry is looking forward to this new and exciting step. As for the future, the senior said his dream job would be a professional musician. “I’m not sure that’s realistic but it’d be fun!” he says. Besides music, Henry hopes to fill his last year at West Linn High School with swimming, co-ed soccer, heading to the mountain and “just having fun.” For someone who seems to enjoy whatever life brings, that goal looks pretty reachable.
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