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Achievement Unlocked: You Bought a House!

If you're interested in video games, you've probably heard of the very popular sequel to the Elder Scrolls franchise: Skyrim. It is named after the island-country that you play in and was one of the largest open world video games ever made.

The game has many features that allow you to customize your personal journey through the game, but one thing I find really interesting are the houses in the game.

There are four houses you can choose from in the original version of the game (later versions and mods allow you to purchase others). The houses are spread out and range in price, size, decoration, and even rooms that can be added on.

At first I was caught up in the idea of purchasing the best house. I researched all four and read up about what made each one unique, like I would if I was going to purchase a house in real life (unfortunately?). My character was a thief and a member of the Thieves Guild, so I ended up purchasing Honeyside in Riften. It wasn't the biggest but it was the most convenient and was the only house that allowed you to skip a loading screen if you exited the back door.

 Image of the house you can purchase in Riften from the Elder Scrolls Wiki

Image of the house you can purchase in Riften from the Elder Scrolls Wiki

Only after dumping all of the various junk I had been carrying around did I realize the main reason houses were added: to be a giant storage shed.

Most chests reset after a period of time and delete everything inside, but your character can only hold about 300 pounds at one time. So you have to think really hard about if you need that Dwarven Bow of Scorching before you pick it up, because if you pick it up and then have to leave it somewhere, you won't be getting it back. Or conversely, if it makes you tip over the 300 pounds you can carry, then you become encumbered and are forced to move at the slowest speed known to man.

Therefore, houses were added to allow you to drop off your stuff so you can do more exploring. And isn't that what real houses are for?

Sure, I hang out in my real house and it gives me a place to sleep that's safe, but it also holds all of my junk. Do I really need fifteen paintings of flowers? Or a dining table for six when there are generally only three people in my household? Or a grill I use five times a year?

No. But hey, I got room so may as well.

If houses were strictly for beauty then they would have intricate carvings and paintings directly on the wall and giant bay windows to get the best light. And conversely, if they were just for functionality, then they would be small and just have a bed and maybe some boxes for your most important things. However, they are neither because they are made to hold us and our junk. Hence why attics, closets, and basements are popular in houses: so you have places to hide all the junk you don't want other people to see.

Until next time,

Caitlin