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2012-10-20 02:09:48 PM
Question 1: Isolate the reasons that Dark Souls and Dragon's Dogma are far superior games to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
 
2012-10-20 04:23:20 PM
Oh, man, this actually went green? Damn, now I feel bad about ruining the discussion thread in advance. Normally, I just ruin it while it's in progress.
 
2012-10-20 04:30:39 PM

Mike_LowELL: Oh, man, this actually went green? Damn, now I feel bad about ruining the discussion thread in advance. Normally, I just ruin it while it's in progress.


I used to be a troll like you, and then I took an arrow in the knee.
 
2012-10-20 05:18:20 PM

Vodka Zombie: I used to be a troll like you, and then I took an arrow in the knee.


Reported to the admins. Please delete your War3.MPQ files if you wish to avoid infraction.

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Oh, right. Only worked on the Battle.net Forums. When people actually played Warcraft III. Right.

Sigh.
 
2012-10-20 05:38:42 PM
Watch out for rogue arrows to the knee, too.

(sorry if this joke has been done already, but as of this typing, there are no posts in this thread, which means people sent to the Island of Misfit Toys posted and I can't read them)
 
2012-10-20 05:58:36 PM

Coco LaFemme: Watch out for rogue arrows to the knee, too.

(sorry if this joke has been done already, but as of this typing, there are no posts in this thread, which means people sent to the Island of Misfit Toys posted and I can't read them)


Don't worry, there still aren't any posts. Seems like everyone took an arrow to the knee.

/that's still a timely meme, right?
//um, Gangnam style?
 
2012-10-20 05:59:22 PM
Now I want to go search through the redlit headlines looking for "arrow to the knee" rejections.
 
2012-10-20 06:12:01 PM
Will it explain the lightning bugs in the jars?
 
2012-10-20 07:04:54 PM
In this class, you play the part of the dragon.
 
2012-10-20 08:04:08 PM
So if someone jumps in water during the course, the entire thing freezes?

/Have they fixed that yet?
 
2012-10-20 08:15:45 PM

Coco LaFemme: Watch out for rogue arrows to the knee, too.

(sorry if this joke has been done already, but as of this typing, there are no posts in this thread, which means people sent to the Island of Misfit Toys posted and I can't read them)


I used to make "arrow to the knee" references until I took an arrow to my head.
 
2012-10-20 08:21:50 PM
If you cheat on a test, three guys walk up to you in the hallway and announce their intention to beat you up.
 
2012-10-20 08:34:52 PM
I'll just use the Sanguine Rose to summon a Dremora to go to lectures and take notes for me.
 
2012-10-20 08:40:14 PM

DamnYankees: Will it explain the lightning bugs in the jars?


Ever look at the inscriptions on the inside of the lids of the jars?
 
2012-10-20 08:42:25 PM
maybe some genius will take the class and fix mannequins?
 
2012-10-20 09:16:17 PM

Mike_LowELL: Question 1: Isolate the reasons that Dark Souls and Dragon's Dogma are far superior games to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.


Dragon's Dogma is damn good, but Skyrim is mod-able. So, maybe as designed, Dragon's Dogma is greater, but I will always take the thing with mods.

/Dragon's Dogma is a way superior console experience than Skyrim, IMO, though you're kind of comparing awesome versus greatness there.
 
2012-10-20 09:17:42 PM
Will the Sweetroll Scenario be put in the final exam?
 
2012-10-20 09:23:49 PM

legion_of_doo: Mike_LowELL: Question 1: Isolate the reasons that Dark Souls and Dragon's Dogma are far superior games to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Dragon's Dogma is damn good, but Skyrim is mod-able. So, maybe as designed, Dragon's Dogma is greater, but I will always take the thing with mods.


This. Long after the console folks have moved on past the next two or three codblops (seriously... that sounds like something scatological), PC gamers will still be modding the crap out of Skyrim, as we have with Morrowind, Oblivion, Fallout 3, and Fallout NV before it.
 
2012-10-20 10:22:10 PM

croesius: DamnYankees: Will it explain the lightning bugs in the jars?

Ever look at the inscriptions on the inside of the lids of the jars?


Those characters that look like runes but aren't? I still haven't figured out what they mean. Have there been any theories that aren't tin-foil hat worthy? What are you hiding from us, Bethesda!?
 
2012-10-20 10:30:13 PM
Maybe one of the test-takers knows why Winstead Manor on my plot of land in Hjaalmarch will not appear when I build it.

Hearthfire, you blow chunks. White chunks.
 
2012-10-20 11:03:47 PM
Did anyone else notice that the voice actor from one of the Norsemen in Skyrim also has a part in Dishonored? I could swear its the same voice, accent and all.
 
2012-10-20 11:39:45 PM
I haven't looked this up to confirm it, but I'm guessing Jane Chance is teaching it. She's the one who gets people to study English literature every year by offering a course on Lord of the Rings (which always fills up almost immediately with engineering students).

I took a mythology course Chance taught. It was interesting, though some of the readings were pretty strange.


It could also be one of the special "College" courses (as in, courses set up by the Residential Colleges), which means it's a one-time deal designed to cover an interesting topic that isn't normally covered, but it doesn't count toward any major. Other examples of this include a course on comedy and a course on wine tasting.
 
2012-10-21 12:46:25 AM
I took a course in Viking Literature when I was at Rice, from a Prof. Wilson. We met in one of the conference rooms on the top floor of the library, in a room too small for the table they crammed into it. It was a fantastic course.

I haven't played any Skyrim yet and probably won't, but the idea of looking at how modern games take mythology and beat and twist it into shape for their narratives sounds like a good course.

I wonder if Chad Gordon is still there? He taught what we called the fringe sociology courses:

"Collective Behavior" (aka Mobs with Chad)
"Television and Mass Media" (TV with Chad)
"The Life Cycle: Rituals of Death and Dying" (Death with Chad)
and
"Human Sexuality" (figure it out!)

When visitors and prospective students would come on campus, people in the last class would love to slip into a conversation that they had to leave to go for Sex with Chad, and yes, they got credit for it.
 
2012-10-21 12:57:37 AM

razyjean: croesius: DamnYankees: Will it explain the lightning bugs in the jars?

Ever look at the inscriptions on the inside of the lids of the jars?

Those characters that look like runes but aren't? I still haven't figured out what they mean. Have there been any theories that aren't tin-foil hat worthy? What are you hiding from us, Bethesda!?


Well, the most comprehensive listing is here:

Link

Still quite tin-foilish, but a good read...
 
2012-10-21 01:25:05 AM
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2012-10-21 02:26:47 AM
The course is graded on the curve.

CURVED GRADES.
 
2012-10-21 04:36:57 AM

Practical_Draconian: The course is graded on the curve.

CURVED GRADES.


I used to be on academic probation like you. Then I took a Skyrim class with curved grades.
 
2012-10-21 05:58:45 AM

Ed Finnerty: Practical_Draconian: The course is graded on the curve.

CURVED GRADES.

I used to be on academic probation like you. Then I took a Skyrim class with curved grades.


Being an academic is fine. As long as you don't mind going axe-to-axe with a bunch of tenure-worshipping mad men.
 
2012-10-21 07:15:42 AM
Is the skyrim building next to the starcraft building at star fleet academy?
 
2012-10-21 08:29:24 AM

Ed Finnerty: I'll just use the Sanguine Rose to summon a Dremora to go to lectures and take notes for me.


"In the middle years of the viking invasions of the British Isles, the vikings SMELLED WEAKNESS! FOOLISH MORTALS!"
 
2012-10-21 10:06:31 AM

Practical_Draconian: The course is graded on the curve.

CURVED GRADES.


Thread. Over.
 
Skr
2012-10-21 10:46:58 AM
I expect only true sons and daughters of Skyrim need apply.
 
2012-10-22 06:06:56 PM

croesius: razyjean: croesius: DamnYankees: Will it explain the lightning bugs in the jars?

Ever look at the inscriptions on the inside of the lids of the jars?

Those characters that look like runes but aren't? I still haven't figured out what they mean. Have there been any theories that aren't tin-foil hat worthy? What are you hiding from us, Bethesda!?

Well, the most comprehensive listing is here:

Link

Still quite tin-foilish, but a good read...


Yeah, it's out there, lol. But it was fun reading. Thanks!
 
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