Since it's the offseason, we can welcome more OT.
Brian mentioned in a recent mailbag that he played Skyrim:
I finally broke down and played Skyrim. Do not do this. Skyrim is the kind of awful that only reveals itself after you've set 60 hours of your life on fire listening to boring conversations and dully hacking things in the face. Their open world is beautiful and soulless, shiny on the outside but hollow in the center. Bethesda's mechanics are hopeless broken in every single game they make, and while being able to jump across a continent in Morrowind was charmingly broken, Skyrim's mechanics invite you to a dull, iron-dagger-laden trudge through one moronically designed UI after another.
I recently got Skyrim and started playing it two days ago, and was wondering what you guys thought. Good or bad?
So far in my opinion it's not as good as Fallout 3 from an introduction/understanding-the-world standpoint, but my complaints are not the same as Brian's complaints about the mechanics.
Also, let's try to keep this as spoiler-free as possible in case people haven't played the game and might be considering it.