Skyrim community mourns a lost player, proves the internet can be a lovely place

It’s always lovely when you stumble upon an example of the internet gaming community being wonderful place. Reddit user Lastrogu3 (opens in new tab) has posted on Imgur (opens in new tab) the story of his brother, Taylor, who died in a tragic accident in 2013.

Taylor was a passionate Skyrim (opens in new tab) player and Lastrogu3 took to loading up Taylor’s Skyrim save on Xbox to see the last thing that his brother saw in game. “I never move his character, save or do anything since it wouldn’t be his character anymore. He is frozen in time just like my young brother was.”

Taylor was always with his sidekick Bear, who never left his side and the two would explore together. Lastrogu3 posted Taylor’s final location just outside Riften on the map in case anyone would like to pay their respects in their own version of Skyrim.

Understandably the story has touched players around the world, with people travelling to Taylor and Bear’s spot in their own game and building shrines (opens in new tab) , laying down flowers and leaving gifts. PC modders have been hard at work to celebrate Taylor and there is a beautiful collection of Skyrim modders paying their respects here (opens in new tab). It’s a poignant reminder of how our shared passion for our gaming worlds allows us to come together and celebrate a life just like our own.

Louise Blain

Louise Blain is a journalist and broadcaster specialising in gaming, technology, and entertainment. She is the presenter of BBC Radio 3’s monthly Sound of Gaming show and has a weekly consumer tech slot on BBC Radio Scotland. She can also be found on BBC Radio 4, BBC Five Live, Netflix UK's YouTube Channel, and on The Evolution of Horror podcast. As well as her work on GamesRadar, Louise writes for NME, T3, and TechRadar. When she’s not working, you can probably find her watching horror movies or playing an Assassin’s Creed game and getting distracted by Photo Mode.