- Sep 7, 2013
guys, why nobody is mentioning why elder scrolls are really so popular? It's a casino simulator! Think, morrowind was popular among kids and teens on the xbox, how to get kids hooked? With gambling of course! See that dungeon? Wonder what loot is in there. See that barrel? Wonder how item is in there. The whole elder scrolls series is a giant casino with all those lootable objects. If you really wanna play the game you have autistically open every crate, barrel, chest etc. in the game or, gasp, you might miss something. This creates addictive behavior.
You can level that criticism against the vast majority of RPGs.
It's incidental, but something to remember about Morrowind and the Elder Scrolls generally is that the Prisoner protagonists are social climbers who are advancing up the hierarchy of whatever province they find themselves in by questing for powerful organizations; they may like some of the people they work with and some of those people may like them, but they don't have (or want) friends (or love interests, except Skyrim in the most technical sense of the word), just co-workers, allies, collaborators, etc.
Middle Earth it ain't.