Why Americans Should Appreciate Assassin's Creed III
Granted, nothing is official right now, so this entire article might fall very, very flat if the rumor turns out false.
But based on what we've seen and heard, there seems to be a damn good chance that Assassin's Creed III will tackle the Revolutionary War. And if that's the case, I have a PSA for my fellow gamers:
Too many people in this country are clueless about the history of the United States. Either schools aren't doing their jobs or there simply isn't enough emphasis on our country's roots in the classroom. Whatever the reason, I find it appalling that so many seem to care so little. That being said, I admit to being more interested in history than the average person, which is probably why I've loved the critically acclaimed Assassin's Creed franchise.
There's no doubt that Ubisoft creates a mesmerizing atmosphere each and every time. Regardless of the setting, I have stood and looked around countless times; I often turned on the game just to wander the streets of 16th-century Italy. The attention to detail is absolutely unparalleled this generation in my eyes, which is why if ACIII is set during the colonial period of the US, I'll be ecstatic. All Americans should appreciate the chance to see a virtual reincarnation of a land that was beneath our forefathers' feet. The game itself is almost irrelevant; we so rarely see such a powerful homage to our country's history in this industry.
World War II, sure. But the Civil War? The Revolutionary War? Even games that just so happen to take place on American soil? Not exactly common. And to have a franchise like Assassin's Creed adopt such a fresh and enticing setting is fantastic; this is about as close as we're going to get to our past. Hopefully, the story won't make a mockery of the true history, and I also hope Ubisoft can resist the urge to get all liberal and provide us with a revisionist - i.e., false - history for the sake of the adventure. But above all else, I just want to see it. I really do.
And I shouldn't be the only one. Hell, if this is done correctly, I wouldn't be against a history teacher showing parts of this game in a class. Normally, I don't think electronics of any kind has any viable place in school (outside of learning to type) but I might relax my rule in this case.
3/1/2012 8:57:20 PM Ben Dutka