Skyrim’s iconic introduction ‘You’re finally awake’ shared by game developer

Even if you haven’t played The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, you probably still would have seen the iconic “You’re Finally Awake” stroller intro in some meme or other. While the scene is fondly remembered, a former developer at Bethesda Game Studios has now detailed how the scene upset the team during its creation. In a Twitter thread, Nate Purkeypile said the team would struggle for a long time to find the problem that caused the cart to suddenly lose control. Purkeypile had to watch the video hundreds of times to find it.

He said the problem is that it’s not just a cart on rails. This cart was real in terms of the Skyrim engine. “Well, once, riding that cart one more time, the cart started shaking violently and suddenly WHOOSH! The cart soars into the sky like a rocket. Like the WAY up there,” he said.

For a long time, no one knew why this was happening. Finally, they discovered that there was a bug – a virtual bee – in the game and not in the software that was making life difficult for developers.

The problem with this digital bee was that it was an “immobile force of nature”. So if the cart and the bee crossed, it would cause the cart to be thrown off the road.

“So game development is difficult. Every time you fix one thing, you might be breaking something else. This is especially true in open world games,” said Purkeypile, who is now working on an independent solo game.

Many users shared their thoughts on the bee problem. One user (@diet_ice) wanted to know if there was any “Fallout story”, referring to another iconic Bethesda game series, Fallout.

Another user (@SteveAnything) said that the Purkeypile story is a perfect explanation of why developers have started putting bugs in jars, suggesting that real bugs always distract them from the real work.

A third user (@chavakno_) gave an ode to the “power bee”.

Here are some more interesting reactions:

Purkeypile, however, did not reveal how the (bee) bug was fixed.


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