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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Why History is so Prevalent in Gaming

With Assassin's Creed 3 coming out on Tuesday, which I'm totally going to get, I'd like to talk about why history is so often feature in video games. Now I'm not going to talk about the history of it, just our own real history in itself.

Too often I hear about people complaining about how many games featured World War II and didn't focus on other wars for video games. I've also heard people, specifically my parents, say that playing these games will warp my mind to the real facts as most clearly are works of fiction either made up on the spot, taken with great speculation (see Assassin's Creed series of course) or simply an easy way to say something could have happened because there isn't a clear reason why or why not. The first is easiest and simplest to explain: World War II was perhaps the worst war ever. Truthfully I'm not looking at other wars but this war is the worst that is the freshest in our minds and there still are people alive during it's time both as people who saw the war first hand and others who were born around it's time. It's also an easy enemy to make of the Nazi party. The second part is a bit trickier. Yes a lot of these games are works of fiction and discerning which is and is not takes time, effort and research. The reason it's good that we have these 'mind warping' facts is because those minute details aren't going to stick in our heads but rather the initial main details. As a kid, the game I played a lot was Medal of Honor: Frontline, a WWII shooter. To the best of my memory, the very first mission was the Invasion of Normandy or D-Day. That portion of the game was pretty tough for me. Though I never knew what it was like during that time, it captured the moment pretty well. Avoiding gun fire was the only way you'd survive, you had to sit behind these awkward cover points desperately trying to lay down covering fire and when you got through you had to fight in cramped places that usually could kill you.

Assassin's Creed isn't an accurate game, but it is very thought out. The way the Templars are seen is slightly accurate considering the actions taken during the crusades and it's very interesting to see how they were implemented within the events of history. There's also a DLC with George Washington being a dictator. To that I have to say very ambitious and I would like to see how it turns out. I really am excited how the game will turn out and how the story will turn out.

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