Who needs daytime TV when I have Skyrim LPs?
I’ve probably posted about Youtuber and game modder GophersVids in the past, but hell- I’m posting about him again. What can I say- I love this guy.
If you’re a Skyrim fan, one thing that will totally help keep you playing and enjoying the world is a constant imbibing of media on this game- which luckily is not in short supply.
On Youtube there is a veritable constant stream of Skyrim content- countless Let’s Plays (basically just gameplay), live-action or Machinima skits or features (whether comedic or serious), mod videos, tutorials and so on.
But in the past several months, the best media that has kept me playing and enjoying Skyrim is GophersVids’ Let’s Play. The strange thing is, all he’s doing is playing a (heavily) modded Skyrim on PC; he’s not doing anything overly flashy or special aside from using quite a few mods (and adding or taking them off as he goes, since he IS a modder himself).
He’s not doing anything like doing speedruns (in fact, his LP is probably one of the most leisurely you’ll find- he doesn’t fast-travel or shortcut much), nor does he presume to play like a boss or be overly adept at the game.
But what Gopher does that makes his LP a cut above the rest is, well, his VOICE. Perhaps both literally and figuratively- the man has an amazingly smooth and mellow, English-accented voice which makes it perfect to be heard over hours. But more than that, his Voiceover for his LP (which, let’s face it- is basically what sets good LPs apart from just simple gameplay videos) not only commentates on the onscreen action, but he actually tells a story.
Just like his previous LP (which I actually haven’t watched, though I may someday), Gopher weaves a pretty detailed story into his vids, giving his onscreen character an actual name, background, character and motivation that he sticks to more or less religiously throughout the series. Yes, often he’ll break out of immersion to commentate on some things, or explain mods, but for the most part he stays in character- and that just makes for entertaining watches. This is, pretty much, a TV series for me. Mindboggling.
Gopher’s Skyrim Sanctuary series gives in-depth looks at some of the game’s cool mods.
His current character for example- a Breton named Richard- is supposedly a ‘Librarian’- a scholar on the run from the Thalmor who has found himself in Skyrim, getting into sticky situations and heroic problems that he’d much rather just avoid. Little by little though, the scrawny bookworm (and man, does he collect a ton of books) turns into a seasoned archer and yes, warrior, throughout the episodes.
It’s all just simple editing (no flashy tricks), his commentary and storytelling, but it makes for an absorbing, relaxing watch. Perhaps it’s something really only Skyrim gamers would appreciate, but hell don’t I find it an addictive habit. I certainly can’t do this myself (I don’t have the voice), but in my own time, as I play my own game, I guess I silently add my own story to my own Dovahkiin.
The most recent episode above of Gopher’s LP apparently ends the current Chapter and finishes the Dragonborn DLC, which always gives me a tinge of melancholy. He has said that he will continue to play Skyrim, perhaps taking on Dawnguard and the main quests- so hopefully I’ll have more soothing, English-accented gameplay vids to watch for a while longer. If you’re into Skyrim, check out Gopher’s channel and vids- simply awesome.