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A river and you can just stop and watch the clouds roll by it sounds it sounds lovely review next next first you've got a game called elder scrolls five Skyrim and we can play this on various platforms what's this yeah this is a role playing game that's been out for years now you choose your character and then the story takes you across this huge land called Skyrim now if you follow the story you learn how to talk to dragons and I'm not saying that's not cool but you have to fight a lot of dragons to do that so why not do what I do and just wander around collecting herbs maybe learn how to forge armor or how to make potions you know continuing education you treat it like it's the learning annex if the learning annex had dragons I love that you're wondering collecting herbs through and the sun dappled meadows this does not sound like it when I think of video games I'm thinking of shooting people and asteroids hitting me but I do know one on your list maybe closer to that this is red dead redemption two which I guess we can find on various platforms what's going on in this room well yeah your member breath of the wild with Horsey it's the same thing only here instead of a fairy tale kingdom it's the old west instead of an elf you're a cowboy and there's plenty of shooting to do in this game but my first time through I was saddled with this group of settlers I was supposed to look after and they were just so whiny wish there were some needy and helpless sucking all the fun of the game for me so but that's when I remembered yeah open world so I just took off again riding my horse he threw the games you are damaging the settlers okay and you know going back to it today it felt so familiar and soothing and those two things are on trial man are they ever speaking of familiar a lot of these games when I mention that these are classics these are not new they've been out for awhile is that a deliberate choice to stirs misdirection it very much is I mean more power to the people out there who are going to be using this time to try something new I mean there's a game animal crossing New Horizons just came out today for the switch but that's not where my heads up over the past few days I keep returning to these games with these maps that I've already opened up with the fast world that I can go anywhere in when the game is over the world is still there and it's just tremendously comforting to go back to that little village or try to find that scenic Vista because you know exactly what to expect and that's a good feeling nowadays well you can find all of Gwen's game recommendations in that piece he wrote for the NPR website go look it up that's Glen Weldon of NPR's pop culture happy.

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