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Skyrim VR is fun, until you end up in jail

Not even the Dragonborn is above the law

Patrick Gill (he/him) has been making serious and unserious videos for Polygon since 2016. He also co-hosts & produces Polygon’s weekly livestreams on Twitch.

Six years after its initial release, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim’s ridges and valleys have become as familiar to me as the back of my hand. Seeing familiar the familiar sights with the depth and scale afforded by its new PlayStation VR version is a treat ... for the most part.

Misbehavior has always been a hallmark of the Elder Scrolls games, but the addition of motion controls, using PlayStation Move controllers, makes a life of crime even more attractive. My first crime was killing these misguided dogs who attacked me on the road. With a fire spell in each hand, I put them down.

The sin of canicide.

I wouldn’t let their sacrifice be in vain. I cooked those dogs.

Waste not, want not.

I tried to go on living a peaceful life, but my encounter with the dogs had changed me. I had developed a taste for deadlier prey.

The importance of guard rails.

My desires grew darker still. No dinner spread was safe from the Dragonborn.


There could be no witnesses ...

Let me axe you a question.

... and no evidence.

No one can know.

I fled the scene on horseback, but the law was waiting for me.


So the cops put me in jail. I live there now. I suspect I won’t be out by the time Skyrim VR arrives on Nov. 17, but please write and let me know how it is.