Assassin’s Creed 3 to play history teacher
When we learn that an upcoming video game is to be set in a time when there were controversial matters, more often than not that issue gets glossed over. However, Ubisoft will not be following the trend because there have been rumors to suggest that they are to tackle slavery as best they can in Assassin’s Creed 3, which as we know is set during the time of the American Revolution.
If this does turn out to be true then what a platform to teach kids about some of the less desirable times in America’s history – maybe AC3 could become a kind of history teacher. There is no getting away from the fact that everybody had slaves in that time period so it would be silly to just side-step the issue – even if those marketing the game would rather the developers do so.
Matt Rurnerhas, the writer of Assassin’s Creed 3 does acknowledge that the subject is still one that needs to be tackled in the correct way, so while they want to share with gamers what it was like in those darker times they need to be careful with how much they show. We know that Ubisoft wanted their protagonist to have greater depth than previous characters, and you can’t get much more depth than tackling the issue of slavery.
Having said that we can’t see the developers going into too much detail because one, it could be seen as a political statement by some gamers, and also it would not only make the US look bad but also the British as well. Having said that slavery was wrong and is something that should have never happened, but there’s no getting away from the fact that some gamers believe that it has no place in a game. We know that this is such a controversial subject so we will refrain from asking your opinion.
Whatever way you look at it though you have to look for the positives, so if a game like Assassin’s Creed 3 will be able to teach kids a little about history instead of just mindless acts of brutality, then we are certain that parents and maybe history teachers will be happy just for once.
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It should feature slavery with Washington - his enslaved personal servant Billy Lee accompanied him constantly, including on the battlefield. Washington did free his slaves, but only through his will upon his death - none during his lifetime.
I don't get it, in 18 rated films slavery is fine in films where it is set in the appropriate times. As soon as a game tries to set a story in times where slavery is rife it is frowned upon. Games aren't made solely for kids anymore, adults play them it's 18 for a reason.