Celebrating Ten Years of Skyrim by Reflecting on the Past

It’s the 10th anniversary of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim! Instead of wondering what platform I’ll be able to play the game on next, let me take some time to share a few moments of my life connected by the thread called Skyrim.

Introduction to The Elder Scrolls (TES)

My first introduction to The Elder Scrolls series was through some of my classmates in my art school’s spring semester sculpture class. It was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion release day or 4.20.2006. We had just turned in a major assignment and several students wanted to skip the rest of the day’s classes to go home and play. It made me curious to know what the excitement was about. Although I was out of the loop at the time, I would be ready five years later.

Fighting a mammoth in Skyrim

Skyrim Release Day

Release day, 11.11.2011, was two days before my birthday. It was a present I asked from my father, who picked it up at the GameStop where my Beloved-to-be worked at the time. (It’s a good story for another time.) Eager to play the game that Friday, after a long day of classes and fun with friends, I dropped everything and settled on the couch in my living room. I booted the game, installed the updates…and fell asleep. 

I woke up Saturday morning with the controller in my hands. What did I do? I started Skyrim of course! I ended up glued to my console all day because it was the most fun I had experienced in a while. Skyrim would have been my first Platinum playthrough if it weren’t for that first DLC.

In-game landscape

A Game for Community

Skyrim was one of those games at the time that was not only fun to play, but it was also fun to watch. I watched my friends play. I watched my cousin play after she took interest in the game. I realized that I, the solitary gamer, found enjoyment in a gaming experience that I didn’t control. The soundtrack, environments, visuals, and experiences available in the game were enthralling to me. I watched others play as much as I played.

The Spiral

I purchased multiple versions of Skyrim. I picked up the Game of the Year edition of Oblivion thanks to my experiences with Skyrim. I downloaded and started Morrowind on Steam thanks to my experience with Oblivion. Now, I am a fangirl with Elder Scrolls Online accounts for multiple platforms and volumes of lore on my bookshelf.

One of my many ESO Characters

Looking Forward

Skyrim and TES series opened my eyes and heart to western role-playing games. I was once a fan of only Japanese role-playing games, but now I have love and respect for both. I have learned to play, enjoy, and critique both.

So, I thank Skyrim for changing my playstyle and reforming my genre prejudice. Here’s to ten years of Skyrim!

Now, where is TES VI?

Check it Out! – TLBX Staff Picks for October 2021

Here’s what the staff of Teh Lunchbox Publications has been checking out to celebrate last month with thrills and chills!

Editor in Chief’s Pick: Pumpkin Night

I wasn’t into horror films back when I was a kid, because they gave me nightmares. However, after growing up, I realized I enjoy reading horror manga more.

When this month started, I wanted to get into some horror manga that wasn’t written and drawn by Junji Ito (Gyo, Tomie). After an hour or so of looking through the genre, I came across one called Pumpkin Night, by Masaya Hokazono and Seima Taniguchi.

The story follows Naoko Kirino, a student who escaped a mental hospital after killing dozens of doctors and patients. Her main goal is to exact revenge on those who have given her a disfigured face, which she covers up with a pumpkin head. The way Naoko takes out her victims can be pretty gruesome, as in some cases she tortures them before sending them off to the afterlife. For example, the first victim got their eyes taken out with a sharp pumpkin scoop before being ran over by a truck. Brutal.

If you’re a huge fan of slasher movies such as John Carpenter’s 1978 film, Halloween or Sean S. Cunningham’s Friday the 13th, then this manga series is for you. Oh, did I also mention that this is pretty much an rated M for mature audiences manga?

– Greg M. “TehR3M1X” (Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief)

Editor’s Pick: Netflix’s Ratched

While I appreciate all seasons of the year (and favor Winter), Fall holds a special place. As we watch the leaves fall, increase our intake of pumpkin spice, and hear the whispers of the spaces beyond us, let’s dive into the cerebral world of my recommendation, Ratched.

Netflix’s Ratched released back in Fall 2020 centers around the titular character, Nurse Mildred Ratched, played by Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Bird Box.) It tells the story behind the woman who is the antagonist of the 1975 comedy One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest…with a twist.

The show is set in the late 1940s to early 1950s California and centers around the ascent of Ratched to Head Nurse at Dr. Hanover’s mental hospital, Lucia. The subplot centers around the political struggle involving the fate of Edmund Tolleson, Ratched’s foster brother and murderer, who is being held at Lucia.

The show’s warm color pallet and use of iconic fashion thinly veil secrets, torture, murder, and romance. It serves to increase our discomfort with the subject matter. The show’s soundtrack is eerie and guides you through the waves of the unfolding plot. The show’s bonus is that it even allows space for many of its female characters to tell their stories.

Through all this we begin to wonder, as Mildred manipulates her way to her goals, is she really the worst? Watch to find out! Ratched is still available for Netflix subscribers.

– Denise G. “DehlinaR” (Editor)

Lead Artist’s Pick: House of Velez

I’m a huge fan of horror movies, TV shows, and indie horror games. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or played a game that uses gore as the selling point in a while. The House of Velez is a side-scrolling PC horror game made by game developer Dark Room Games. This game was infamous for its death scene compilations on YouTube in 2020.

You play as Lily Velez, a reporter who visits her childhood home and soon discovers something’s VERY wrong with your childhood home. The developer slowly introduces the player to the game’s mechanics and death sequences – and let me tell you, every death sequence is thought out and animated differently and uniquely every time you play.

The monster designs are also extremely creepy. Just like the Silent Hill series, many of the monsters and event areas the protagonist must go through are symbolic of the past and the trauma the main character has gone through.

The overbearing gore in the game would be a deal breaker for many gamers, so if you do pick this game up on steam, I highly recommend you read the developer notes and play with caution.

House of Velez is a very unnerving, unforgettable horror game, and I hope you guys consider picking it up to support the developer! Part 1 and Part 2 are currently available on Steam for $3.99 each.

– Gaylene A. “Paranormiac” (Lead Art Director)

Content Creator’s Pick: Psychonauts

When it comes to video games, I have a habit of determining my desire to play a game based on its art. Based on screenshots from Psychonauts available on its store page on Steam, I was originally uninterested. However, I decided to give the game a try after a friend of mine gifted it to me.  

I was surprised. The overall art style of Psychonauts turned out to be one of its charms. Cut scenes placed throughout the game appealed to the ’90s kid in me that used to watch cartoons on Nickelodeon while eating a bowl of Froot Loops. Aside from the rush of nostalgia, the story behind Psychonauts is interesting.

The game is played from the perspective of a boy named Razputin Aquato. Razputin, also known as Raz, is in a league of his own. Having snuck into a training facility for future Psychonauts, government agents gifted with psychic abilities, it is made clear that Raz’s psychic abilities are more advanced than those of his peers.

Overall, the game is fun and a treat for ’90s kids. Due to some of the games’ darker themes (emotional baggage, infidelity, and brains?!), the game is rated T for Teen. Psychonauts is available on both Steam and on the Playstation Store!

– Lori C. “Starry Strawberries” (Content Creator)

Was there anything that caught your attention last month? Do you have any recommendations? Let us know in the comments below!

The Uncharted Trailer Is Here!

After various behind the scenes images of Nathan Drake (portrayed by Spider Man‘s Tom Holland) and Victor “Sully” Sullivan (portrayed by Academy Nominated actor, Mark Wahlburg), Columbia Pictures and PlayStation Productions releases their teaser for the upcoming Uncharted movie.

The film will also star actress Sophia Ali (MTV’s Faking It) as Chloe Frazer, Tati Gabrielle (Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and You) as Braddock, and Academy Award winning actor Antonio Banderas as the film’s antagonist.

The film’s synopsis is as follows (via Sony Pictures Publicity)

Based on one of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed video game series of all time, Uncharted tells the story of Nathan Drake and his first adventure with rival-turned-partner Victor “Sully” Sullivan. Starring Tom Holland as Nathan Drake and Mark Wahlberg as quick-witted, wise-cracking Sully, Uncharted will introduce audiences to how Nathan Drake becomes the treasure hunter as he unravels one of history’s greatest mysteries and treasures in an action-adventure epic that spans the globe

Uncharted hits theaters on February 18, 2022.

You Are Cordially Invited…

It’s called The Invitational.

This is a once a month Lunchbox Publications event where we invite a collection of various writers, streamers, broadcasters, content creators, podcasters, and supporters to come join us in a fun (and sometimes competitive) get-together. Games included in this event can range from a variety of titles such as Among Us or Super Smash Brothers Ultimate to upcoming titles such as Halo Infinite.

Since Spring of this year, we have been working hard to get certain things ready for this event, and we are so excited to kick things off this week.

Now how does one get into this event you may ask? Join our official Discord (starting Thursday!) and maybe you will be chosen to join us and the rest of the invitees.

Be sure to also bookmark our website, follow us on Twitch, and our various social media platforms to stay informed of upcoming Invitational events.

The first Invitational starts this Friday, October 22nd with Among Us.

A Fresh New Slate That’s Pumpkin Spice Flavored! – Editor in Chief Message for October 2021

Forgive the title of this one folks, it was just too good to skip out on.

It’s been a while since I have typed out one of these, but hello everyone and welcome to Fall. First, I want to start off by saying on behalf of myself and the company, we want to say thank you for your love, prayers, thoughts and support on Matt’s passing back in May. I guess I could say it was too soon for us to cover E3 the following month or do anything at all that’s related to the company. However, myself and the rest of the group knew that if we stopped progressing and become stagnant, there was no way we could have gotten out of the hole we found ourselves in. In short, we had to take some time off, recover, grieve, and push forward when the moment was right. We appreciate your time and patience with us as we are trying to slowly but surely transition ourselves back in a schedule of writing articles, social media posts, and a variety of streams/content for you all.

Since it’s Spooktober, the amount of content will mostly cover horror, science-fiction, and suspenseful entertainment and pop-culture topics. Our goal is to connect with you all why October is a great way to generate the amount of hype of our return. Speaking on connections, expect a huge announcement from us soon later this month as we will transition ourselves to make a community for all you supporters and fans out there.

Until then, keep us bookmarked, follow our social media accounts, and prepare yourselves for a month of frights and excitement!

– Greg M. “TehR3M1X”

Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

For Matt

It has been some months now and I have been getting nothing but writer’s block to get my thoughts out. I’m sorry it took so long everyone, but I honestly didn’t know what or how to share my thoughts on Matt’s passing.

I am now ready to talk.

At the beginning of 2011, I finally transferred to the main campus of my local community college. As much as I was excited, I was nervous. I honestly didn’t know who I would meet and what groups I would fit into. My first thought was to get through the first two weeks of classes and hopefully find a club to join that will fit my interest. Thankfully, there was both an anime and video game club. Upon attending the anime club, it was there I met Matt for the first time. After a couple of weeks, we started having small to large conversations about video games, music, movies, and all various types of geek topics. Not a single conversation was boring with Matt, as it would end on good terms and with hilarious outcomes.

It was early 2013 when I stumbled upon a challenge. The website I wanted to join and kickstart my journalism career, 1up.com, was shutting down and being bought by another company. I was beating and berating myself, I had doubts, and I was facing so many decisions about what I wanted to do for a career choice. When the first AwesomeCon happened, I attended the event with Matt, Denise, and other friends to see what it’s like to have a comic-con in downtown Washington D.C. for the first time. We attended a variety of panels, met guests, and saw what’s in store for us in the dealer’s hall. After the convention, that’s when it hit me and I shared with the group my craziest idea: I wanted to start my own publishing company.

For the past eight years, Teh Lunchbox Publications has been growing slowly and steady. It started off as a small group of friends turned business associates. In due time, we have hit a variety of company goals such as starting the website, becoming a Twitch Affiliated channel, and growing a fanbase/support group. Matt paved the way for the company via social media as he oversaw starting and updating our Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram sites. Without his hard work, we would not have the amount of support to this day.

Matt, I’ll never forget you. I am forever grateful that you were my brother, friend, and co-worker.

Thank you for everything.

– Greg M.
Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

Trials and Tribulations – May 2021 Editor in Chief Message

Hello Everyone, it has been a while.

I hope all is well with each and every one of you. I wish nothing but healthy and positive vibes to you, you family, and friends during these tough times.

At this moment, the entire staff of Teh Lunchbox Publications is trying to experiment with different methods and ways to connect with every one of you. We are pushing the boundaries of our websites, Twitch channel, and our social media platforms to make sure you are well informed with our news articles and podcasts and entertained with our content and live broadcasts.

The next plan hopefully is to team up with various freelance writers to help cover topics we are unfamiliar on. When we get ourselves together, we plan to contact the community and hope people are interested in writing for us. Also, you all have been asking for this and it is coming folks. Our official company Discord channel will be on the way!

The process of growth is slowly but steady for us, but we all know it is going to be worth it in the end.

So until next time, stay strong, healthy, smart and of course, stay frosty.

Founder/CEO/Editor in Chief

Greg M. “TehR3M1X”

Ghost of Tsushima Movie Inbound!

Sucker Punch’s Ghost of Tsushima has been making history. With breaking sales records as selling 2.4 million copies the first three days (becoming Playstation 4’s fastest selling game), winning both Best Art Direction and Viewer’s Choice awards in The Game Awards, and having Sucker Punch become the ambassadors for the actual island of Tsushima, the list of achievements is endless.

Ghost of Tsushima is also Teh Lunchbox Publication’s Game of the Year and Best Multiplayer for its Legends add on, earning a perfect 5 out of 5 from us. So what’s next for the series? Hollywood.

It’s been reported that Sucker Punch is taking their beloved title to the big screen, teaming up with Sony Pictures. The director on helm with this project is none other than Chad Stahelski, whose credits include the John Wick movies, need we say more?

For the official announcement, check out Playstation’s post here.

Ghost of Tsushima is Rated M for Mature and available now for the Playstation 4.

Macro purchase for Microsoft

http://news.microsoft.com

One of the biggest deals in gaming has officially happened. Microsoft now owns Bethesda through their Zenimax purchase. This means game series like Fallout, Doom, and The Elder Scrolls are now part of the Microsoft family.

It remains unclear what this means for the future of Bethesda, it could mean more Xbox exclusives, more support for bigger and quicker releases with more resources. However, this does most likely mean good news for Game Pass owners as Bethesda games will most likely hit the Game Pass service soon.

No matter how people may feel about the purchase, here’s hoping that the purchase does lead to some exciting and positive news for Bethesda going forward.

The Mortal Kombat Trailer Is Here!

Yesterday, we were able to share with you all the posters for the upcoming Warner Bros. remake of the ’90s Mortal Kombat movie franchise.

The studio finally released the trailer for the upcoming movie, which you can watch below, but hold on!

The trailer isn’t holding back on the amount of blood, gore, and violence the movie will have. This trailer is NFSW (Not Safe For Work) and after all, the Mortal Kombat series is rated M for Mature for a reason.

Check it out!

Warner Bros. official synopsis:

“MMA fighter Cole Young, accustomed to taking a beating for money, is unaware of his heritage—or why Outworld’s Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family’s safety, Cole goes in search of Sonya Blade at the direction of Jax, a Special Forces Major who bears the same strange dragon marking Cole was born with. Soon, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, an Elder God and the protector of Earthrealm, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors Liu Kang, Kung Lao and rogue mercenary Kano, as he prepares to stand with Earth’s greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe. But will Cole be pushed hard enough to unlock his arcana—the immense power from within his soul—in time to save not only his family, but to stop Outworld once and for all?”

The movie will star Ludi Lin (Power RangersAquaman) as Liu Kang, Max Huang (The ForeignerKingsman: The Secret Service) as Kung Lao, Tadanobu Asano (Thor: RagnarokDetective Chinatown 3) as Raiden, Josh Lawson (Long Story ShortBombshell) as Kano, Jessica McNamee (The MegInto the Dark) as Sonya, Chin Han (SkyscraperGhost in the Shell) as Shang Tsung, Mehcad Brooks (CW’s SupergirlA Fall from Grace) as Jax, Sisi Stringer (Children of the CornBloody Hell) as Mileena, Lewis Tan (Showtime’s Warrior, Netflix’s Iron Fist) as Cole Young, and Joe Taslim (The SwordsmanThe Night Comes for Us) as Sub-Zero.

Test your might as Mortal Kombat hits theaters and on HBO Max on April 16, 2021.