French Pres Candidate Rips Unity, And Looks Awfully Silly
One always wonders if the person making such statements has ever touched the video game in question.
It's set during the French Revolution and Melenchon says the game is just "propaganda" and presents certain historical figures such as the "cretin" Marie-Antoinette and King Louis XVI as upstanding people. On the flip side, he claims the game depicts the French masses as savages. For instance, while Ubisoft supposedly shows Robespierre as a monster, Melenchon says he was the "hero of the French Revolution."
"It is propaganda against the people, the people who are (portrayed as) barbarians, bloodthirsty savages. In 1789 there were the poor aristocrats, and they are presented as fine upstanding people."
Melenchon finished by saying the game "presents an image of hatred of the Revolution, hatred of the people, hatred of the republic which is rampant in the far-right milieu (of today)." A few things here, presidential candidate:
Firstly, when mobs riot in the streets, as they absolutely did in the French Revolution, it's not going to be pretty. And it doesn't mean those participating are "savages." Secondly, in fact, the people Arno most frequently helps in the game are the poor and helpless; he's not running around only doing missions for the rich. Actually, throughout this franchise's history, the presentation is often anti-Aristocratic in every sense of the term. The rich are typically portrayed as corrupt, cold and even downright evil; the last time a poor citizen in any Assassin's Creed was portrayed the same way...well, I can't think of it.
Maybe we should add that Ubisoft is a French company, something I seriously doubt Melenchon even knows. I would also be interested to know, considering the current global state, where this "far-right milieu" is "running rampant" because it sure as hell isn't in this country. And how prevalent is it in some of the Socialist countries in Europe? Like, for instance, France? The bottom line is that the French Revolution was a bloody, violent, chaotic uprising, and I think most historians will say the depictions in Unity aren't unrealistic. It's also painfully obvious that this Melenchon character has no idea what this franchise is about, or even what this particular game is about.
Don't these people have advisers and campaign managers and stuff? Do they ever do any research or do they just let the candidate stand up there and make a fool of himself whenever he chooses?
11/18/2014 11:30:15 AM Ben Dutka