I Was Only Joking


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.

  • Great post. This sparked my inter­est in revis­it­ing Assassin’s Creed. I played through part of it, but as usu­al­ly hap­pens when I start one game, I get dis­tract­ed with anoth­er great game and then anoth­er, and… well, you get the idea. Talk about A.D.D. 🙂

    • khaal­i­dah

      Me too on all accounts. I still have a Mirror’s Edge game to fin­ish as well as AC and Prince of Per­sia.  All of them are cool games.