Memorable Moments in Gaming: Erik gets Punk’d

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This week I asked the devs if they would be interested in sharing their favorite gaming moments here on the blog — whether it be from a game developed here at Bethesda or a game they played during their leisure. Cheers to Lead Interface Programmer Erik Deitrick for leading off…

Hit the jump to read his tale from Oblivion…

So I’ll tell you a favorite moment from Oblivion only because we were talking about it during lunch recently. Whenever I play an RPG, I always play as the same character – the “guy whose only actions concern the speedy acquisition of wealth and stuff.” Sadly there’s never a dialog option which says, “I’m going to have to interrupt you there. Unless you are going to give me money or stuff, this conversation is over.”

Oblivion managed to make me break character at one point though. I don’t remember if it was a quest, or if I was just in some random dungeon, but I was working my way through taking everything that wasn’t nailed down. Then I came upon this throne down there and for brief moment I wasn’t that greedy, hoarding character. I looked at the throne and thought, “I’m going to sit in that throne. I’m going to sit in that throne and they’re going to call me king of the dungeon. No! King of all dungeons!”

I went and sat in that chair, and the damn thing was booby trapped. I felt equal parts embarrassed, incredibly amused, and impressed with whoever laid out the dungeon and put a throne — in such a way that it was so tempting and inviting that after 100 hours of playing I broke character just to sit in it. I never tracked down whoever put that in, but to them, kudos, you got me.

A couple of footnotes on Erik’s tale. Dan Teitel, whom he had been discussing this moment with, experienced a similar experience while playing:

For what it’s worth, I’d say Erik speaks for both of us in his description of how he felt at that moment. Rare is the occasion where I’ll take an action in the game just for the heck of it. But that was one of those moments and I sure did feel stupid for having done that for no other reason than to congratulate myself.

Since reading Erik’s submission, I’ve been trying to figure out the location of the trap, and more importantly, who created it. From doing some research on UESP, Erik, Dan, and I believe that the booby-trapped throne was probably the one located within Fort Urasek. Thanks to one of our BGS forum moderators, Princess Stomper, for providing this screen shot of what it looks like…

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So far, no one at the office has stepped forward to admit that they’re the creators of this devious trap. Maybe they’ll come clean in the comments section below. I know Dan would like to know, as he stated: “I sure would like to shake their hand *opens drawer, takes out joy buzzer*.”

Join us again, sometime in the near future, for another edition of Memorable Moments in Gaming…

Reader Comments

  1. I TOTALLY did the same thing on that throne in the screenshot above. I usually never sit in chairs or seats, but for some reason I was like, “you know, maybe i should just sit for a second while i go through my inventory…”

    BAM

    Almost dead. :D

  2. Eh? You guys couldnt read the warning signs screaming out all over the place it was a booby trapped throne? :D ha ha. I never fell for it. As soon as i saw the skeleton on the floor and that odd looking piece of wood behind the throne something told me it might be rigged. Guess thats what i get for watching ATOR THE IRON WARRIOR and THE SWORD AND THE SORCEROR so many times :)

  3. Anyone who’s played Ultima VII knows to be on the lookout whenever there’s skeletons littering the floor. ;)

    But that’s a nice boobytrap.

  4. Dearest Bethesda Blog and Bethesda Employees,

    I love this blog. I love reading stuff directly from Bethesda. I love booby trapped chairs. I love lamp.

    PS – I may turn in a resume to you guys. Bethesda is without a doubt the best in the biz.

    *Gained 4 Experience for Suck Up Points*

  5. “Dearest Bethesda Blog and Bethesda Employees,

    I love this blog. I love reading stuff directly from Bethesda. I love booby trapped chairs. I love lamp.

    PS – I may turn in a resume to you guys. Bethesda is without a doubt the best in the biz.

    *Gained 4 Experience for Suck Up Points*”
    LOL

  6. Haha, excellent story. Yeah, that was a nice moment. I seem to remember I saw the mace and knew what was coming, but sat in the throne anyway, just to check the designer was as clever as he seemed. :)