Assassins Creed: The End Of Ezio (Episode 4)

It was no more than a week later that your parents announced that there would be another entry into the successful franchise a year later.  Honestly, my first reaction was a knee-jerk one.  How could you be coming next year again?  Can you actually afford that?  If we see each other so often then we might not have anything to talk about.  But after seeing what the new installment consisted of I felt my excitement grow, however and to be honest I wasn’t as excited as I thought I would be.  I was getting worried about you, now a yearly release,  you were trying to outdo yourself and I could see that you were getting frustrated.  Our adventure in Rome already had it’s fair share of cracks in the veil and now your parents were going to make you go to another continent.  It must have been exhausting. Continue reading

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Assassins Creed: The Change (Episode 3)

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After the experience we had in Italy, I couldn’t help but wonder what would be next for us in our little adventure.  We had managed to recapture our love, defied the odds by staying offline and accomplished everything that this world had to offer us.  What else could we possibly do? Continue reading

Gaming Equality For All

Why are gamers so rude?  I don’t get it, i really don’t.  I’ve been a a gamer most of my life, and I’ve had different types of people enter this fantastic digital world with me that were into gaming, I.T. and a whole bunch of other stuff.  I had black, colored, Indian, Portuguese, white, half Italian friends and i never treated any of them differently.  They were all gamers and on that nugget of wisdom I treat gamers and non-gamers the same because there’s no reason to be a dick about a persons preference in gaming or lack of gaming.

If you guys remember, back in the day it was the dominate thought that gamers were fat. living in their mothers basement’s, eating chocolate bars like a bad Eric Cartman.  If you mentioned gaming you were already deemed a nerd and a dork and would remain a social outcast until you did something exceptionally cool to prove your worth.  Which i still believe is a bull shit tradition.

As the times have changed it’s more popular to be a gamer now more so than ever.  Over the weekend i read an article at Theryanblog in which they were questioning whether achievements and trophies ruined the single player experience and perhaps even tarnish a game depending on the content.  There was a pro’s list and a con’s list and one of the cons stood out.  Maybe I’m ignorant and naive but i never knew that gamers judged other gamers based on their trophy level.  Some gamers won’t even talk to you if you’re level is lower than theirs.  After posting a few comments at the article below i decided to do some testing of my own.

You can read the full article at the link below.

Do Achievements/Trophies Ruin The Gaming Experience?

I game mostly on PS3, so today i thought i would log into PSN, visit a few places, maybe meet some people online and get their opinions on the matter.  By the way, I’m level 12 on PSN.  It’s sad to say that most of the people I met today are dicks.  I kid you not, I met so many people today all of them with a level that’s between the end teens to beginning twenties.  When i sent them a message or entered one of their chat sessions one of three things would happen.  They would either completely ignore me or say directly “we only deal with gamers” and my personal favorite “PM me when you’ve leveled up”.  This is sometimes even before I’ve introduced myself.  They don’t know if I’m a guy, girl, black, white, three-eyed, two brained, seven-limbed, hermaphrodite living in Rome.  These arrogant sons of bitches won’t even acknowledge your existence until you meet there virtual expectations.   That really saddens and annoys me for my own personal reasons that I will get to later on in this article.  It turns out that Trophies/Achievements can ruin some good gaming fun and social networking if you allow it.  But this little example isn’t the end of my story.  If they were quick to judge a person they knew nothing about,  I wondered what would happen if i had to say i was a girl gamer.

So i created a new account on PSN, logged into the account and obviously i had fuck all trophies.  I setup my girl avatar and once i was back online i proceeded to speak to completely random people.  Now it didn’t seem to make a difference what my trophy count was, people were speaking to me.  But not about gaming.  The first thing i got asked was “Are you hot?” Seriously?  What virtual hell have i stumbled into now?  Every time i brought up gaming though the conversation would change back to a more demeaning nature and gaming would not be part of it.  girl-gamer-mopo

So now I’m thinking we as gamers judge other gamers based on a number next to our gamer tag and if you’re a girl gamer you either need to be a flirt to enjoy some company or need to kick ass in a multi-player match in order to prove yourself.   Both of these objectives are bull shit.  I don’t understand why woman have to prove themselves to men.  That’s right i said it, you women shouldn’t have to prove anything and I have only one reason to validate my opinion.  Childbirth, after the birth of my daughter i have seen the ugly side of being a woman and the pain that you guys have to go through and as men we never will never experience that kind of pain and that makes you a hell of a lot stronger.

This whole setup stinks and it honestly saddens me knowing that there are gamers out there who are not in it for the games.  They’d rather just trophy hunt which is OK but it’s not OK to not be polite to someone just because their trophy level is sitting on a lower number than yours.  I feel sorry for girl gamers and I am appalled  by our gaming community in the way that you guys are treated.  I read IGN a lot and one of their bloggers is under the community spotlight  which is a great way to get recognition there.  She’s a gamer and a very pretty one.  One of the first comments on that article “the reason she’s under the community spotlight is because she has big boobs.”   I want to stick my head in the sand and let the world fade away.  I hate reading things like that.  It just fucking bugs the hell out of me.

Let me tell you why i game before i finish this article.  I was a social outcast when i was younger.  I’m short, not very talented, and I had a bit of a confidence issue.  I was also getting picked on at school because i did what i needed to do.  Gaming was an outlet for me to DE-stress and relax.  I only had a handful of gaming buddies at the time that would come play Ice Climber and Battle City with me.  If i didn’t have gaming i would’ve been one of those kids that shot up their schools and I’m very honest about that.  There were plenty of times where I even considered suicide.  Gaming saved my life.  I’m not trying to be dramatic but this is the fact of the matter.

these do not make me a killer

The gaming community should not judge other gamers based on genitalia, sexual preference, age, trophy count, color, race and anything that separates us in the real world.  We should be tolerant, polite, kind and helping.  What was proven today is that some gamers are no better than the people who had outcast us back in the day and you give us a bad name.  We were a family at one point.  We all stuck together.  Now we have factions and battle of the sexes.  We don’t know what kind of impact we may have on a persons life when random encounters throw us together so its up to us to be responsible.   You guys being dicks might be the catalyst to some poor kid killing himself when we could’ve helped him all along.   It is our responsibility to help each other.  As gamers we should be united.  From all walks of gaming life, we are all gamers and we should treat each other as such.

Can i get a hallelujah?

Assassins Creed Brotherhood (PC) A Casual Review

So I finished Assassins Creed Brotherhood a few weeks ago and honestly speaking I thinkthe second one was much better.

It still follows the story of Desmond Miles reliving his Ancestors memories by ways of the Animus.

He continues to live out the life of Ezio Auditore da Firenze in the year 1499.  Ezio returns home to the villa in Monteriggioni where he thinks that his quest for revenge is over.  The next morning however Cesare Borgia (son of Rodrigo Borgia, The Pope) attacks the villa, kills Ezio’s Beloved Uncle Mario and takes the Apple of Eden.  Ezio and his family escape to Rome where Templar HQ is pretty much situated.

There he discovers that the Assassins are failing in their fight against corruption and Ezio (being the born leader that he is) convinces the head of the Assassins that he can lead the guild into victory.

As you progress through the game you save citizens and they become part of your Brotherhood.  The main quest is obviously to find Cesare Borgia and get the Apple of Eden back.

The graphics were refined and textures were awesome.  There were new weapons you could play around with such as the crossbow which really helps if you’re trying to eliminate a target from a distance.  You also now get a parachute which Leonardo Da Vinci created.  Leap of a tall ass building and parachute safely down to earth.

The things I enjoyed most about this game though was the fact that you now can ride your horse into any town and assassinate targets from your horse.  Jump from your horse to an enemy’s horse, kill them on the horse and then steal their horse.  (Grand Theft Auto, Assassins Creed style :-))

When dealing with enemies you can also call on your Assassins from the brotherhood and they can do the dirty work without you worrying to much about being spotted.  Again they refined the combat system to make you more Offensive in battle rather than waiting to be attacked.  You can perform “kill streaks” and completely massacre enemies relatively quickly and with such style that you are left thinking “I am a God”. The story is still good and maintains its direction although honestly I did at times get a bit confused as to what the hell was going on.

There are a few bad points as well though.  First one being that the control of Ezio was a little bit shaky to me.  If I want to jump from a building ledge to a wall, if that wall doesn’t have perfect distance away you’ll end up just missing it and loosing a bit of health.  It was difficult to navigate the map at times because you are not sure whether you can access a section of Rome until you get there which is then bordered up by a memory block wall.

They even made getting to your view points more challenging and for what?  I couldn’t get to a view point because I hadn’t rebuilt an Aqua-duct because I didn’t have any money.  That was annoying. Oh, and I couldn’t rebuild an aqua-duct if that particular area was under Borgia control which meant you have to take out the tower first, then renovate your buildings.  I just think it was a needless thing to add.

Brotherhood as well is the first game in the Assassins Creed franchise to incorporate multiplayer but you can only play online, which sucks for the ones who enjoy playing offline lan.  The other thing that sucks for me coming from South Africa is that I actually bought this game.  I wanted the original of this to play multiplayer and even after authenticating my Uplay account it still wouldn’t accept me online.  I’m actually quiet pissed off about that.  The first game in a while that I actually pay for and I know that I need to keep up with technology and get internet, so I didn’t bitch about not having internet.  I went to a friend’s house to use his and try this multiplayer thing and all it did was say to me, “cannot connect” or “unable to log in to account”.

All in all it was fantastic game besides all the cons that it had.  I think they tried to hard to fast.

The next game to come out is Assassins Creed Revelations in which Ezio goes to Constantinople so I’m looking forward to playing that one.

Assassins Creed is still legendary 🙂

To read my older post on Assassins Creed click here Assassins Creed Review