For all its faults, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is still pulling in so many RPG lovers, whether they enjoy the vanilla experience, or prefer to mod it to death. In fact, Bethesda's 2011 epic was one of the top-selling games of last month, despite it being more than a decade old, so it must be doing something right. Much of this longevity can be attested to the modding community, which dedicates itself to adding more content, and fixing issues. One such issue bothered someone so much, they just had to fix it.
Jayspera is no stranger to modding Skyrim, and in their latest add-on "Flute Animation Fix", they've managed to make some improvements to something that is seemingly insignificant. The description on the Nexusmods page poses a question about whether players have noticed that bards play their flutes with their noses, or are able to make a tuneful sound while the instrument is inches away from their mouth. Well, this mod aims to fix all that, and while it may detract from the unintentional humor of the vanilla animations, it will at least give a bit more realism to their playing.
The bards are a well-known bunch across the land, usually getting their training from Bards College in Skyrim's Solitude region. They are often seen inside taverns and inns, delicately strumming a lute, tapping some bongos, or blowing into the aforementioned flutes. While this mod seems like a small fix, it might go some way to improving the immersion for players, perhaps those who have noticed for too long that the animations are inaccurate, though slightly amusing.
As previously mentioned, Jayspera is something of a veteran when it comes to modding the decade-old RPG. They've managed to create some interesting add-ons, such as a mod that allows Skyrim players to peek through keyholes, thus adding to the stealth elements of the game. There's also one that uses spliced dialogue from the main game to create new conversations between bandits and other NPCs. In general, it seems the modder is interested in tweaking the overall experience to make it a more immersive playthrough.
Of course, ten years is a long time for a game's shelf life. With The Elder Scrolls 6 allegedly still in pre-production, it looks as though fans will be sticking with Skyrim for a good while longer. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, especially when there are so many ways to improve the game, either through better visuals, more content, or making it so a bard doesn't stick a flute up their nostrils.
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim is available now for Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.