An Open Letter: Why I’m Playing ESO
Dear Listeners, Viewers, Fans, Friends
I honestly didn’t think I’d have to do this. But due to constant accusations, badgering, questioning, and in some rare cases, genuine innocent curiosity, I feel that I obligated to pen such a letter.
In the past weeks, I have been absolutely bombarded with questions regarding how I’ll be playing ESO, and more importantly, why I’ll be playing it that way. I’m here to set forth a few things.
But first, I wish to address the reason for the existence of this letter. It genuinely astonishes me – and not in a good way – just how many people want to convince me that my playstyle for ESO is somehow “wrong”.
I find this odd for two reasons:
First, I always prefer the solo playstyle regardless of game. I find it the most exciting and find genuine solace in the serenity of it all.
Secondly, and most importantly, ESO is an Elder Scrolls game. Part of what makes Elder Scrolls games so brilliant is that they allow all playstyles. All playstyles. Just because ESO has a multiplayer component to it does not mean that I absolutely must take part in that in order to “play the game correctly”.
I plan on playing ESO exactly like I play my beloved Elder Scrolls titles – completely solo. I will not group. I will not PVP. I will not participate in chat.
If you think that my decision to play ESO the same way I play Elder Scrolls games is somehow “wrong”, then nothing I say can possibly convince you otherwise.
I am not playing ESO for the group content. I am not playing it because it’s finally “Elder Scrolls with your friends”. I am not playing it for PVP. I genuinely have no interest in those things.
I am playing ESO simply because it’s another Elder Scrolls game, one where I can go forth and explore new lands and have a great time in Tamriel – the exact same reason why I played Skyrim when it was released.
For those of you who claim that I will “miss out” on content due to my solo playstyle, that may be true for you. Meaning, because you like to group, you will do the group content and no doubt have fun. In your eyes, of course I’ll miss out because I’m not doing that group content.
However, in my eyes, I am not missing out on anything. I am playing this game exactly the way I want to play it and as such, will play the content I choose to play. I don’t see this as “missing out” by any means.
And to be brutally frank, the only experience I care about is my own. I don’t care if I don’t PVP. I’m not interested in it. I don’t care about the group dungeons. I’m not interested in those.
What I am interested in – what I absolutely can’t wait for – is to adventure across Tamriel by myself, take in the scenery, the beauty, the amazing quests completely solo and share that experience with you all through ESOTR, editorials, screenshots, livestreams, and videos.
That’s the “multiplayer” aspect for me – sharing my experience by those means.
I realize a lot of you wish to play with me. However, I will make no apologies for my playstyle. I will not compromise my beloved Elder Scrolls experience to do something I genuinely don’t want to do because you know what? I wouldn’t have fun doing it because that’s simply not my playstyle.
However, by no means should you take this a slight. I merely wish that you respect my playstyle, just as I respect your playstyle – whatever it may be.
I know you will have fun. And I genuinely wish that you do. Just know that I won’t be adventuring with you.
And that’s perfectly ok.
Elder Scrolls is about freedom, and part of this freedom is the ability to play exactly how you want – not how others want you to play.
We can each enjoy this game in our own way. No one is wrong. No one is right. Elder Scrolls and ESO mean different things to each and every one of us. So, please. I simply ask that you respect my decision and hope that you understand why I’m playing ESO.