Hmm... Steam help?

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Hmm... Steam help?

Postby Rath Darkblade » Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:37 am

Hi there folks,

I'm not sure what's happening. I bought The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim when it came out some years ago, and thoroughly enjoyed it. As you can see from the attached screenshot, I have the DLCs too.

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But now... for some reason (as you can see), Steam thinks that I have the Skyrim "Special Edition" too. I don't know what it's talking about, as I certainly don't have it - and it's confusing as heck. :roll:

Any ideas what's going on? :?
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Re: Hmm... Steam help?

Postby adeyke » Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:37 am

The Special Edition is a new version with remastered art and effects. When the it was released, everyone who owned the original Skyrim with all its DLCs got this new version added to their library for free. So you do own it now.
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Re: Hmm... Steam help?

Postby Rath Darkblade » Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:43 pm

Oh! OK, then. Thanks, adeyke! :)

So... what content does this "special edition" have that 'original Skyrim + DLCs' doesn't already have, then? Or does it simply make the game look a bit nicer? ;)
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Re: Hmm... Steam help?

Postby adeyke » Wed Dec 28, 2016 10:26 pm

According to the store page:
The Special Edition includes the critically acclaimed game and add-ons with all-new features like remastered art and effects, volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections, and more.


The Special Edition is a way to get the game on current-generation consoles. For Windows, it mainly just looks nicer.
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Re: Hmm... Steam help?

Postby Rath Darkblade » Fri Dec 30, 2016 8:33 pm

OK... I've seen this too. Any ideas what all this means - i.e. volumetric god rays, dynamic depth of field, screen-space reflections... what on earth does this mean? *shrug*
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Re: Hmm... Steam help?

Postby adeyke » Sat Dec 31, 2016 7:08 am

God rays
Depth of field
There's no Wikipedia article for screen-space reflections, but it's a technique for making shiny surfaces (e.g. water) look more realistic.

It's all just ways to make things prettier.
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Re: Hmm... Steam help?

Postby Rath Darkblade » Sat Dec 31, 2016 9:03 pm

OK then. Thanks, adeyke! :)
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