I’m not a gamer, but I really enjoy video games. I’m not all that good (mostly due to lack of practice) but when I have the time, which is rarely, I play.
The games that interest me most are those with high action, almost limitless interactivity, an interesting back story, and multiple character decision choices which in turn make it highly replayable.
I fell in love with Assassin’s Creed about three years ago, and while I’ve not been able to finish it (yet), I still go back to it from time to time. Assassin’s Creed appealed to me for many reasons. Besides the awesome graphics, the story takes place in the multicultural, multiracial, multi-religious Holy Land in 1191. The historical aspect of this game totally grabbed the imagination of my son who is a history buff, but it was an immediate winner for my entire family because it featured Muslim characters who were depicted humanely. Some were bad, some were good, they were human. Through the main character Altair, you get to explore the ancient cities of Jerusalem, Damascus, and Acre, and you get to do some awesome acrobatics, fighting, and exploring. The game is just plain fun and interesting.
Monday evening my son reported that Assassin’s Creed III is set to be released in October of this year. The setting? The American Revolution in the 1700s. The new protagonist is Conner Kenway also known as Ratonhnhaké:ton. He’s half English and half Mohawk. Cool right?
So I said, in an off hand sort of way, it’d be cool if the next assassin was an African slave or a Native American. My son laughed. His reply? “Yeah right, we’ll get a black person when we get a woman!”
Yesterday as I was napping my eldest daughter came to my bedroom and plopped down on the bed. “Mom. Guess what?” She was holding the latest edition of Game Informer.
I rolled over, bleary eyed and confused. “What?”
There’s going to be a second ACIII coming out in October called Assassin’s Creed III:Liberation. The game is designed specifically for the Playstation Vita console. The protagonist is named Aveline de Grandpré. She’s African and French.
A woman. A woman of color. A woman of color who is an assassin. Wow.
Ubisoft has done it again.