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Skyrim Very Special Edition was the best part of Bethesda’s E3 show

by Eric Frederiksen | June 11, 2018June 11, 2018 1:30 pm EST

Skyrim is one of those games. Like the original Doom, Candy Crush Saga, Tetris, and Resident Evil 4. It’s been ported to more platforms than you can shake a stick at, and Bethesda has made a big deal of each of these ports, causing the idea of porting Skyrim to itself become a meme of sorts. Bethesda, in a moment of vivid self-awareness and perfect tone, jumped on the bandwagon to make fun of itself and put the meme to bed all at once with Skyrim: Very Special Edition.

In this video, we see comedy actor Keegan Michael Key (Key & Peele) begin his day by playing Skyrim on Alexa before playing it on his Etch-a-Sketch (we all have one, right?), his pager (kids, ask your parents) and his smart fridge.

Attempts at comedy at these shows often fall flat as executives try to ham it up and remind us that they’re definitely not actors. But along with hiring an Actual Comedian to deliver the lines, the joke itself is really, genuinely funny. And this shows that Bethesda is both listening to fans and looking at how it does things. That the company announced Starfield and The Elder Scrolls VI so far ahead of release is a big change in itself. Bethesda makes huge games, but has not always been the best when it comes to change. Maybe we’ll see more of this moving forward.

And sure, we can get excited about Doom Eternal, Starfield or The Elder Scrolls VI, but playing Skyrim on Alexa? Actually, wait, that sounds kind of fun. This kind of stuff makes what’s sure to be a long wait for those games that much easier.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...