Yes, 206 hours would be a lot to give up. I hope you can find some satisfaction on the PC, since the mods do offer tons of options. You may have to chalk it all up to a lesson learned. Good luck and good gaming!!
First up, everyone is complaining about PS3 users not getting DLC. Here's the deal. Bethesda don't hate you. I'll bet my bottom dollar that they have teams working right now to try to get the DLC running properly on PS3. Take away all the game development and they are a business and businesses need money to work. PS3 releases mean more money so you can be sure that they are working to get that done.
Now, onto the second thing that everyone is complaining about: Bugs. When you make a game, any game, there will be bugs. I have made the smallest, most simple platformers you could think of in programs like flash and even they have bugs that take time to fix. It is unavoidable and just part of the process. Now when you make a game with literally an infinite amount of content which is constantly changing and evolving and is different for every player you are going to get bugs. A whole lot of bugs. You could have 20 people test a game that size for 3 months and only find 5% of the bugs. You make a game that is infinite and the bugs will be just as infinite. Now when you roll out a game of that size and over a million people play it they find a lot of bugs and those bugs take a long time to fix. Just imagine how long it would take for a team of 20 people to fix 100,000 problems with a game. Now imagine how long it would take to fix those problems before release. Bugs are inevitable and game companies will wait and fix a whole heap of problems and then release one big patch. Why do they do this? Money. Like I said before the game development company is still a business and rolling out patches costs a whole lot of money. It costs around $40,000 to release one patch on Xbox and that is just the cost of the server space that Microsoft charges the developer.
So all of this complaining is stupid and completely pointless. You can write a thousand angry letters to Bethesda telling them to fix bugs and put DLC onto PS3 and they will always just say they are working on it because that is what they are doing. They are a pretty small team of people working on a pretty massive project and believe it or not they need time and they cant just make stuff magically appear.
I never actually get pissed off at the ignorant, uneducated and uninformed idiots that post on here...
But to ANYONE who wants to slam Bethesda for not being able to release DLC for PS3. Please, shut your mouth. Don't bring up other cross platform titles. Don't bring up other DLC from ANY cross platform game. DO NOT bring up ANY OTHER SERIES AT ALL when trying to argue that "OMG ANY PROGRAMMER WORTH HIS SALT COULD FIGURE IT OUT!!!!1!1! OMFGLOLWASRRRRRGH!"
I know we as a country have no critical thinking skills - but tickle my balls for five seconds and do this mind exercise with me.
Every other game you know of (example GTA IV) is now a game of chess. (physically and metaphorically) Anytime you boot that game up, the chessboard gets cleared and reset. Any and all moves that happen in this game, are limited in that only this can happen here and that can happen there. And it's easy for the game to look back and determine what happened, all you gotta do is calculate what pieces have been removed from the board. VIOLA!!! You've just booted back up to your last save game! Now you're playing the GTA IV that you remember!
Now, Skyrim is that game of Mastermind. (You know, the one where you're annoying neighbor kid picks four colored pegs and puts them in slots while you guess over and over and over basing your results on the fact he either shows you a black peg - or a white peg.) The point is to run all the possible combinations of colors you could come up with to match what he has.
Skyrim is Mastermind except with a color pallet of 50 colors, a color coded string of 15 random colored pegs. And you're not limited to 10 guesses. That shit just keeps going over and over and over and over and over and over. VIOLA!!! You've just booted back up to your last save game! Now you're playing the Skyrim [custom character that took 50 hours to complete with an unsaid number of random quests that MAY or MAY NOT have been discovered, completed, or branched off from] that you remember!
It's not easy to code all the possible combinations of what can happen on your game save. The size and scope of the game and it's ambitious attempt to recreate a livable world - becomes VERY difficult to program and code for. When you make a game of this size and then have to port it over to another console; and that console has very difficult architecture to begin with... you end up with buggy DLC that is better left locked away than release for a quick buck.
Keep it classy, Bethesda. Keep up the hard work. Hopefully, one day PS3 users will get the opportunity to enjoy the DLC they never payed a dime for. If not, I urge them to make a change to a PC by the end of this generation...
@lewishamish3 the dragons return to Tamriel and Skyrim (one of the provinces) after a few thousand years if not more, and you are the only one (of course) who can stop them, but you don't know it as you start the game as a prisoner (what else), so you set off to kill the dragons, save the world (of course what else? One man saving the whole world, not Messianic or megalomaniac at all) complete a bunch of side quests in the process (most of them completely idiotic like my husband run off please find him...), then with the hearthfire DLC you can create your own house and adopt (because in the real world that is the only way a couple can have children and in an "M" rated game there can be no sex) children, and in the Dawnguard DLC you either fight or join a very old vampire lord for - wait for it- save or conquer the world (what else I know)... other than that great game as always with the elder scrolls franchise although oblivion was a let down after Morrowind... which is why I am guessing they are choosing it yet again for this new DLC... funny how they used to be called expansions a few years back and were almost as big as standalone games... now you have to pay 5 euros for some item packs and/or 1 or 2 added quests... but that's a whole other discussion...
@dantesvania The shallow story, the lag, the crashes, the system freezes, the file system rebuilds, the broken quests… yeah, great job indeed.There is more story and history of dragons in the silent Dark Souls.
@camyers1310 and they don't have to code it again, only convert it from PC code or XBOX code to PS3 code, can't be all that difficult for seasoned programmers.... I mean they have done it with the fallout games, with the disnoroued game, with other elder scrolls games... they know what they're doing don't they??
@camyers1310 I don't have Skyrim in PS3 so this reply is purely academical, but I don't think its all that difficult since they have released (or will) for all the other platforms this DLC or anyother to convert it to PS3... and ok s***t happened with one DLC, they can't comprehend what went wrong and do it faster with the next DLC??
And in any case, neither me, or you or anyone else has any right to tell anyone to shut up (which is what you are basically doing here) because you don't like what they are saying, irrelevantly of who is wrong or correct, free speech and all... don't like what someone (anyone) is saying either ignore him/her or converse with him/her, because otherwise someone (not me specifically me here) is going to answer you in the exact if not worse "tone"... and if you care about this next thing, your account could get banned also...
@camyers1310 And if you ask me, any person who paid $60 is entitled to get every bit of experience out of this game as any other person. You're telling me porting DLC is hard, ok let's say it is, but by this time, they've had enough time to make the Dawnguard DLC over again, if you're gonna tell me that it takes longer to port the DLC than create it over again, well, I AM DISAGREEING WITH YOU! I DON'T MIND PAYING FOR MY DLC, JUST MAKE IT F***ING AVAILABLE! You have a problem with people expressing their opinions, then stop expressing your own.
@slainta@dantesvania def like Dark Souls better but Skyrim's in my top 10. Have had little-no trouble with gameplay, one sidequest will not complete/close but got the items and exp for finishing it even though. Sounds like you need a upgrade or pc fix
@slainta@dantesvania don't like it don't play it but don't criticise someone else for liking it... and no I am not a fan-boy those issues irritated me as well but I don't go around judging people for liking the game, I write an email to Bethesda criticising them
@Arda_Daghan212have you heard of bugs in programming, its little errors in the game that mess it up. Now imagine you are Bethesda and you released skyrim with TONS of bugs, ops now you have to fix them or you have whiners hassling you every waking moment. So now you want to expand the skyrim with DLC and it works on the less bugged vesions on pc and xbox but not on the very bugged ps3 version what do you think is the reason that you can't ship the DLC on ps3?
when they fix the bugs stopping the DLC from working they will release it until then, please leave it be.
@midnight_trashh@DespVand@slainta@dantesvania Indeed. I am simply still pissed off at Bethesda. As well as at the reviewers. A game bugged like that, to the level of being a beta release on PS3, deserved to be bashed by all serious reviewers. If Se was to do anything like that to Final Fantasy it would be the end for the franchise! So why is Bethesda allowed to that crap??
@DespVand@slainta@dantesvania He wasn't judging him or being rude to him. He was just stating his opinion, that he didn't agree. You take peoples opinions too seriously, get overly emotional over nothing, and make it more than what it is. People have disagreements all the time, dosn't mean they are judging one another or being a rude bigot.