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As we're all painfully aware, the world of modern gaming is one which is heavily reliant on patches and updates, with the games we play constantly evolving as developers fix bugs, add features and generally build upon the original launch code.

More often than not, this is a positive; it's great to see the titles we love improve as the years tick by. However, sometimes this can result in unwanted situations – like when this Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim fan on Reddit decided to return to the PlayStation 3 version after seven years away.

After starting an entirely new save, it was discovered that much of the environment had failed to load in. To make matters worse, the main character was rendered immobile – which might have something to do with the fact that they had been spawned into the world inside an NPC.

As you can imagine, the comments range from semi-helpful to hilarious, with one person saying that "If you leave Skyrim for long enough, Skyrim will leave you."

Of course, you could argue that, with several updates since the PS3 version was originally released, there are better ways to experience Skyrim in the Year of Our Lord 2023 (especially as the PS3 version, in particular, was plagued with issues from the very beginning) – but it's still somewhat hilarious to see how broken this iteration is for some players.

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