One consistent part of gaming worlds as opposed to open platforms such as Second Life is violence, and then especially the worst kind of it: murder. Although we gamers as a rule use the euphemism “killing things” instead of the much stronger “murdering people”, the essence is the same. Apparently we like to spend a great deal of our time murdering imaginary people. I’m no exception to this rule. I have gladly spent weeks of my life killing off the digital innocent, even though I’m much more like a peaceful hippie in real life, being strongly opposed to the death sentence and such things.
In Skyrim, the art of killing things has been taken to the next level by randomly showing extended slow motion cut scenes of your killing blows, such as demonstrated above. It feels like getting a cookie for having killed off something so effectively. Recently, I have taken pleasure in collecting shots of these killing blows, even though I’m still not really sure why.
A compilation of killing strikes is presented at Kill it off (Ravalation).
LOCATION: Mountains around Labyrinthian (Skyrim)
IN PHOTO: Ravanel and an unfortunate frost troll