On the negative side of things, Canada’s The Globe and Mail newspaper had a lot to say about Assassin’s Creed 3. Before I begin, I would like to state that the writer who’s ranting about the games supposed “distorted history” has disregarded quite a few major details regarding game plot. In fact, I’m almost certain they have never played the game. Is he or she at fault for not doing the research? Yes. Heck, yes! Now, I’m not at all a huge fan of Assassin’s Creed 3, but I at least played the game before I pointed out its flaws.
“Whose side is Ubisoft Montreal on, anyway?” is the question the writer throws out there. He or she seems to be heavily concerned with the incorrect notion that Assassin’s Creed 3 presents a Amerocentric view of the Revolutionary War. Of course, anyone that has played the game knows this to be false.
The passage below however seems to indicate the false assumption of game that the writer focuses on.
Even assuming someone at Ubisoft has an awareness of Canadian history – and that requires a leap of faith – it’s unlikely they would have done anything differently. The size of the U.S. video-gaming market pretty much dictates who the good guys are and who the bad guys are.
Again, I have to reiterate that person who’s making these wild assumptions appears to have never bothered to play the game. It’s almost mind boggling to believe that people sill criticize things without first doing research. Even more upsetting is how a newspaper would even give the editorial the green light.
Assassin’s Creed III is just a video game. But given the dearth of history instruction in our schools, it might be the only place that Canadian young people are learning about the Revolutionary War. At very least, they need to be equipped to separate the Ameriphilia from the facts.
So what do you think about the newspaper slandering Assassin’s Creed 3? Is there any valid point to be concluded from the quotes above or are they simply just over criticizing a game they know nothing about? Comment below to tell us what you think.