If you're like me and enjoy Steam's service (not having to mess with DVDs and CDs),
you may have purchased Skyrim through steam.
Now if you're in the Americas and this category fits yourself, you might like to know all you need is an IP in a different country to play the game a few hours before it's official U.S. release date.
Now, once you've preloaded the game as I have, it's sitting on your hard drive in encrypted form yet still unplayable?
Not so if you're lucky enough to be a subscriber to a quality VPN service!
Needless to say this is a simple "tip", connect to a server in Australia/New Zealand and you can play the game at 7:00AM Central time, 20 minutes from this post. Some benefit if you've time in the morning, rather than at 11 or 12 PM at night (it's official U.S. release date).
I hope I've alleviated a bit of asinine boredom this evening/morning/afternoon for at least some Skyrim players.
My apologies if you should think this isn't Daniweb geek's lounge worthy.