Give me a high-tech spy-thriller instead.

I’ve been hearing a lot of talk about this new Bethesda game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. It’s been getting quite a bit of hype, but I just cannot get interested enough in the setting to buy it.

I have just never liked the “sword and sorcery”, medieval setting. Not just in video games, but in movies and books as well. I’m one of the few people I know who thought the Lord of the Rings movies were boring. Not because of length, but because the setting is not interesting to me. I also tried to read the books, and I don’t think I made it past chapter one of book one.

I’m sure there are good stories to be told in this setting, and probably some I would really enjoy. (In fact, I did kind of like the games The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time and  Neverwinter Nights 2: Mask of the Betrayer, but I can tell I liked them in spite of the setting) But in general, I can’t make myself care long enough to discover them.

Anyone else feel this way about the fantasy genre, or indeed about any other fictional setting?

What's your stake in this, cowboy?