I don't know about you, but I'm ready for summer to be over already. Here in Arizona it's hot, dry, and I'm in the "eternally bored" segment of summer vacation. I've been spending a lot of my time indoors in the air conditioning playing video games. This got me to thinking, if I could go anywhere in the virtual world, where would I go? So without further ado, here are the Top 5 virtual locations I would rather be right now.
5. The Rivers of Whiterun - Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
Look at that view. Just LOOK AT IT. Isn't it gorgeous? A beautiful forest at the foothills of a mountain. A glorious waterfall cascading into a crystal clear river. Can't you imagine just camping here on the banks of the river for a long weekend getaway? Get out your fishing pole and I bet you could catch a lot of fish. Just keep an eye on the sky for dragons, and you should be all set.
4. Jungle Island Lagoon - Riven: The Sequel to Myst
I have always loved the Myst games because of the haunting peacefulness experienced while exploring and solving puzzles, but the one location I've always wanted to visit is the Lagoon area in Riven. Without tons of locals or tourists hovering around, you could lay on the sand, catch some rays, and enjoy the serenity of solitude. Not a bad way to spend a summer.
3. Mountainous Forest Area - Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons
Brothers is an intensely emotional game, and what adds to that is the beauty of the environment. Take this view, for example. From down here it's great, but I bet from the very top it's awe-inspiring. These cloud covered mountaintops are just waiting to be climbed. Maybe a friendly troll will even help you achieve that.
2. Tree of Mana / Mana Sanctuary - Secret of Mana
Sure, it may be home to some of the meanest dragons out there, but you cannot deny how beautiful the Mana Sanctuary is. Not only is it the location of the Mana Tree, it's also in the center of a crater in an inactive volcano, and is surrounded by ancient ruins. Just imagine how much exploration could be done!
1. Paw'don Village / Jade Forest - World of Warcraft
I was not a huge fan of the Mists of Pandaria expansion. In fact, I quit World of Warcraft for a few years after it came out. I hated the story. I hated the new class. There wasn't much about it that I did like, actually. That being said, the artists for the environment did it right.
Out of every video game locale I can think of, this is the one I would most love to go to. It has everything that I could possibly think of for a perfect getaway including rivers, waterfalls, cherry blossom trees, bamboo forests, and amazing architecture. It's beautifully serene and full of peace and tranquility. The best part? I can visit it in-game not just this summer, but any time I want.