I don’t like bugs. Never have. Flies, bees, wasps, crickets, I hate them all. The bigger they are, the more I can’t stand them. So the giant insect-like Silt Striders, first seen in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowindare my worst nightmare and i want them all to die. I mean, if nobody cares.
Silt Striders cursed the world for the first time in 2002 when they appeared in The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind. The younger Zack wasn’t a fan of them. But the simpler graphics of Morrowind Most of the time it was easy to think of them as big weird alien things rather than creepy, evil bugs. Unless I got too close and noticed her long, thin legs and mandibles. My goal is to avoid them unless I have to travel really fast.
Since MorrowindUnfortunately, Bethesda continues to find ways to bring back those big, creepy assholes. And with each new appearance, the Silt Striders become more detailed and of higher quality thanks to the improvement in technology. I hate it.
I thought I would be safe afterwards Morrowind, but Bethesda was just holding out time. A whole decade later, Silt Striders appeared Skyrim‘s Dragonborn DLC. Here, her visual design has only been updated slightly, but her legs look stranger now and I hate it. Fortunately, only one Silt Strider appears in Skyrim. In my opinion, that’s one too many. The good news is that it is dying and may be the last of its kind.
Stop looking at me like that.
The bad news is that my nightmare wasn’t over since Bethesda decided not even five years later to bring the bugs back Elder Scrolls Online ‘s Morrowind Zone. This time around, they’ve got a whole new makeover and look kinda even nastier, with more buggish features. They now look like fleas with huge, spindle-shaped legs with nasty little spines and hair. Oh, and they have a more noticeable face too, complete with black eyes and nasty little … face arms. His whole body is more like a bug now and just … please let go of him. Somebody grabs a flamethrower. Or I think a fire spell. Something. Get rid of this terrible creature.
Even the Elder Scrolls Card game, Legends, is not safe from Silt Striders. This version seems to be heavily inspired by that Elder Scrolls Online Design, complete with a creepy flea body and those distinctly dead eyes. Not good. I would exchange this card without hesitation.
Some games offer players the option to hide insect and spider content via arachnophobia modes. Open world builder Satisfactory is hiding his spidery enemies via cat sprites. Grounded This option allows you to control how much the spiders actually have in the game look like spiders about an in-game slider. I suggest that Bethesda investigate a similar feature for any game they desecrate with Silt Striders. In case help is needed, here’s a quick mock-up I made to make Silt Striders less horrible and scary.
It’s not perfect, but it’s better.