Bethesda is notorious for making epic games that eat up colossal amounts of hours in their players’ lives. Apparently the only way to avoid being engulfed is to either avoid the games entirely or spend so much time creating the games that actually playing them is a cinch.
The latter is the strategy used by Bethesda’s Sam Bernstein, the QA tester who defeated developer Jeff Browne in a race to finish The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim as quickly as possible. Bernstein’s winning time was a ridiculous 2:16:10. That’s two hours, not two days, mind you.
In related news, Bethesda estimates that some players may spend up to 300 hours enjoying Skyrim. We’re guessing that Bernstein didn’t waste his time on any side quests.
On the flip side, players shouldn’t worry too much about Bethesda backing off their 300 hours statement. Speedruns for Oblivion and Fallout 3 apparently were finished in about half the time it took Bernstein and Browne to fly through Skyrim.
Just to get their money’s worth, we would suggest that those waiting to pick up Skyrim on November 11 maybe take their time to enjoy the epic experience. It might be a good idea to slow things down and relax with some booze instead of racing to finish as soon as possible.