PC gaming snobs love to crow on and on about how much better their games look on their high-end rigs as opposed to the Xbox 360 or PS3. Normally we tolerate only so much backtalk before giving those guys atomic wedgies, but in the case of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, they do have a point. PCs allow you to mod the visual mastery to points that stretch beyond even what developer Bethesda Softworks intended.

Kirk Hamilton of Kotaku has some advice on how to tweak your settings to make the game look so hot that you won’t even want to use your PC to download porn as usual.

It’s a no-brainer to start with the official HD texture pack. Mods Hamilton recommends checking out include FXAA Injector, Quality World Map with Roads and Crimson Tide Blood, as well as several others. Some mods make snowfall more graceful, some add entirely new areas and others — such as that blood one — make the game deliciously gorier.

Have some fun playing mad scientist with the game, then invite your Xbox-obsessed best friends (those would be us) and laugh in their stupid faces. But be nice about it, because our therapists tell us we struggle when confronted with our own inadequacy.

[Via Kotaku]