Skyrim drums up sales; bugs plague users

Gamers everywhere are going crazy for Skyrim, the fifth installment of the popular Bethesda Softworks role-playing video game series The Elder Scrolls. Bethesda has shipped seven million copies, selling over three million in just its first two days on the shelves.

Players assume the role of a condemned prisoner who discovers he is a Dragonborn, that is, a mortal warrior born with the soul of a dragon. Through the manipulation of weapons, both physical and mystical, the Dragonborn mounts a quest to save his crumbling empire from the menacing dragon-god Alduin.

The game is named after its setting, the Skyrim region of the fictional continent Tamriel. It’s on the brink of civil war following the assassination of its High King, with a rebel faction known as the Stormcloaks jockeying for against the Imperials.

Critics are praising Skyrim for its painstaking attention to detail and immerse plots. Players may follow the game’s main Dragonborn storyline, or may choose to participate in numerous side quests as exciting as a criminal’s or as mundane as a merchant’s. Along the way, players can climbs mountains, hunt animals and even get married.

The game is not without its bugs. Reports of flying horses and other peculiarities have popped up on blogs and message boards. Bethesda Softworks says it is aware of the issues and is working on a patch, which, to the sure chagrin of fanatical gamers, won’t be available until some time after Thanksgiving.

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