Five Signs That You Have An elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Addiction

Winter is coming.
Winter is coming.

It's a Condition - Skyrimitious

There is no questioning among gamers that Elder Scrolls new entry to their successful series has been one of their best and one of the best games to come out this fall. Skyrim improves upon itself while also having some of the most impressive graphics ever seen out of a sandbox style video game. The entire environment of the game is much more engaging and from the start it immediately drags you in for the long haul. The biggest addition to the game would be that of the dragons. Dragons can randomly appear to mess you up in the worst of situations. You could be trying to follow someone, silently killing someone, trying to steal something and a random appearance by a dragon can screw all of that up in a second. All of these lead to a experience that I myself have not enjoyed in quite sometime through video games. It has led to an addiction of sorts which I care to share, and hopefully help you all avoid.

Must...keep...my dragon scales! Need...dragon armor.
Must...keep...my dragon scales! Need...dragon armor.

First Sign - Drop in Academics

The first and most likely sign/symptom would be that of a small to medium size drop in your grades at school. This can happen due to the long nights spent just roaming the land of Skyrim. To people with any sort of attention deficit disorder, simply walking to a destination can become a choir in its own right that becomes an arduous task.You may see a pretty mountain covered in snow and decide "Hey, I want to climb that mountain. There has to be something nifty on the top!" Two hours later, you then realize that you should be going to bed and getting some rest as you have school to go to in the morning. Ah well you say, I can do one more mission. Then the next morning when you do eventually wake up, you find that you have only slept at most two hours. You tell yourself you won't make the same mistake again, but yet like clockwork, every night you do the same thing over and over. In the end, responsibility is for the weak. Dragon slaying is for winners.

See, Dragons can be Airplanes
See, Dragons can be Airplanes

Second Sign - When You Hear A Loud Noise, You Instantly Assume the Worst

Paranoia can be your greatest ally, but yet your worst enemy in the land of Skyrim. Loud noises in the land of Skyrim often do lead to terrible beasts, often times it is then followed by fire reigning down from the heavens as a dragon swoops down on you. All of this rightfully can make anyone paranoid, but when you venture out into the real world, every blue moon that is, a loud noise can still insight defensive actions. In Skyrim upon hearing a loud noise you often reach for your weapon. In the real world, you instantly become paranoid and look to the sky. Seconds later you realize it is simply a plane flying by and realize that you have been playing Skyrim too much and laugh at yourself. Your instincts tell you that you should lay off for awhile, maybe go running at night or what have you. Instead, you go right back to your cave and slay some more dragons. Skyrimitious is a killer, best way to fight it is by identifying it early, If you have already seen this sign in yourself, it may be to late. I fear the worst for us all.

Looks so good right? Yeah, Skyrim is more important
Looks so good right? Yeah, Skyrim is more important

Third Sign - Loss of Appetite

This may be the most debilitating of all the signs/symptoms of Skyrimitious. Food is a crucial part of life, but when you contract Skyrimitious, it tends to make your survival instincts fade away. It often starts with your stomach growling at you, or the realization that you have no food in your home and instead of filling your house or stomach with food, what do you do? You guessed it, you finish your mission or finish exploring whatever cave you may have discovered. Who knows, maybe that cave has a Thu'um (shout as normal people would call it) at the bottom of it, even better maybe there is a Dragon Priest. God knows those things are always fun to fight. The hour or so it takes to kill one that is. Eventually, your hunger will get the better of you which may lead to you not exactly eating well which more than anything will make you a bit unhappy. You may be trying to go on a diet, but Skyrimitious will change that, just like your life.

This is much more exciting then real life...isn't it?
This is much more exciting then real life...isn't it?

Fourth Sign - No Pants Day Reigns Supreme

When you are graced with a day off or a break from work, it is completely understandable for a no pants day or as some would call it a pajamas day. This kind of phenomena happens much more frequently with Skyrimitious. So much so to the point where you may just wear the same pajamas over and over, but it's okay. Skyrim is there for you and it will never judge you. It will always appreciate the countless hours you spent with it no matter how fat, or stinky you may become. The second part of this sign is the light factor. You will frequently have a no pants day or pajamas day or what have you in a room with little to no light. When a loved one or a friend who isn't completely enthralled in the world of Skyrim, they will often turn on a light to which you will find yourself cowering in a corner away from the light while hissing at it like you are a vampire. Be careful, the light may burn your skin to. You wouldn't want that on your precious controller.

Skyrim...My precious.
Skyrim...My precious.

Fifth Sign - Non Existent Social Life

The most depressing of all the signs/symptoms of Skyrimitious is that of a non existent social life. It'll be so depressing to the point that your friends during this condition will consist of the friends that you have on Xbox live that also have Skyrimitious. You and your internet buddies will frequently chat via the interwebs and talk about the game that you are obsessing over. You will help each other through missions, enchanting, smithing and so forth. Yet the worst of it is that you will tell each other that you won't be online for much longer as you have things to do like going out to a bar with real friends. Hell, you may actually follow up on that claim only to come right back to Skyrim just an hour or less later. You will sacrifice your real life friends and possible loved one for more hours spent with Skyrim. In fact if you are dating someone while you have contracted Skyrimitious, you may as well tell them up front that it is over between you and them. Otherwise, they will just leave you at some point as they will feel neglected. It's a sad truth but as I have said before. Dragon slaying is for winners and reigns supreme above all else.

Information like this will often be the difference between whether you live or die and honestly I feel better now that I have shared this with everyone and I hope it helps you all. Now that you know what to look at for, you have a better chance of dealing with Skyrimitious. I wish you all the best, and I'm going to go play Skyrim now. I have caves to explore, dragons to kill and the Thieves Guild needs my assistance. Enjoy your stay at Skyrim everyone, it will be a long, healthy and worth while stay.

I will leave you all with this amazing commercial that was released for Skyrim, it literally sold me on the game. Good luck Dragon Slayers, and remember to always watch the skies.

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Nightmarephantom 5 years ago from Columbia, MD

This describes me and my friends to the letter. Good to know I just have a disease and I'm not a huge loser.


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Dallas Matier 5 years ago from Australia

Pfft... I can stop anytime I want.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

Sounds like someone here is in denial.


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j-u-i-c-e 5 years ago from Waterloo, On

I don't know what you guys are talking about. I don't have a problem at all. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going out for drinks with my friends at the Bannered Mare.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

The drinks at Bannered Mare are indeed delightful.


Indigital 5 years ago

A notable sign, especially when not a Skyrim player myself (yet), is that people will often start the conversation with 'Skyrim'.

I've had quite a few encounters, where I'll see someone I know in school and instead of the normal 'Hello', it'll be 'Skyrim'. They will then continue to tell me how good Skyrim is, until they tire of my company and retire to someone else who likes Skyrim.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

You pretty much summed up the conversations I've had with some of my friends in the past 24 hours.


Indigital 5 years ago

Heh. I wish I could be part, but MW3 was released earlier


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

you could say the same for MW2, MW, Black Ops...because they all are generally the same game


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j-u-i-c-e 5 years ago from Waterloo, On

I used to talk to my friends about Skyrim all the time, but then I took an arrow in the knee.


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Nickalooch 5 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

I don't know about you guys but I truly think Skyrim is a healthy addiction. Your not harming anyone with your addiction, the only harm is to your electric bill.


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videogameviking 5 years ago from California

Skyrim...My precious = Priceless. Great Article!


Flmb 4 years ago

What lvl 50 in 3 days... nooo no way i am not addicted to skyri... wait a minuite i have got a dungen to explore...


Lord andrew stormsword 3 years ago

im not addicted i only have six characters urukhai the orc , my nord who is me, female dunmer kaitlyn, amun ra the khajjiit , mathayus of hammer fell , and triple h the big nose


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Nickalooch 3 years ago from Columbia, MD Author

yes...you are for sure not addicted....


Bendee 3 years ago

I actually rented this game at a Video store once during the holidays. Absolutely addicting! I never thought that a 2 year old game is like this would be one of the best games I've ever played in my life.

The world of Skyrim really does suck you in.


trent 2 years ago

My boss thought I was crazy when I fus-ro-daed him


TinieMx 20 months ago

This just about sums me up.

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