8 Ways You Can Accidentally Break Popular Video Games

8. Provoking The Relentless City Guards - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The City Guards found throughout The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion are really good at their jobs. Annoyingly, frustratingly good.

Usually seen walking around within cities or stationed at their gates, these guards will leave you alone unless you do something to pique their law-defending interests. But while policing systems in other games are generally easy to shake off - like GTA's cops - Oblivion's City Guards are absolutely relentless, to the point where they will chase you to the ends of the Earth and back again, even for the pettiest of crimes.

If you steal something - causing the guards to chase you - and attempt to get away with it, you might think that you can just run into the wilderness and end the pursuit. But nope. The guards can hunt you through forests, across bodies of water, and out into the middle of nowhere. Even if you kill the ones chasing you and head to a nearby city to sell your stolen loot, you'll soon hear another cry of "stop right there, criminal scum!" and have to run away all over again.

So while stealing might seem like a good way to make some cash, this act makes it difficult to play the game normally, since you can never be sure where a guard will pop up next. You could be walking around a city minding your own business, only to be randomly jumped by one. Bizarrely, they can even "catch you" through walls.

Plus, if you die while trying to escape - perhaps by running off a cliff in a panic - you could lose your last chunk of progress. Soon enough, you'll be hearing the words "Stop! You violated the law!" in your deepest, darkest nightmares...

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