Progress- From “Colossal Cave Adventures” to “Assassin’s Creed”

Assassins Creed, made by Ubisoft, is a bestselling video game made for number platforms including PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and many other gaming systems.   The game includes a very in deapth plot as well as impressive graphics and is meant to be experienced electronically through a gaming system.  There are four games in the series have been released thus far: Assassin’s Creed, Assassin’s Creed II, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin’s Creed: Revelations. The plot has also been turned into a graphic novel.

The protagonist in the story is a bartender named Desmond Miles who is kidnapped by a corporation named Abstergo.  While confined, Desmond is forced to use a machine called an Animus to relive his ancestor’s histories.  He uses this machine and he relives the past of his ancestor:  Altair ibn-La’Ahad.  Desmond soon realizes that his ancestor is disgraced amongst the assassins. The assassins are fighting against a group called the Knight’s Templars, who are a ruling group that wish to control the people.   In later games it was revealed that the Templars have been a present source of conflict throughout history.  The goal of the game is to gain status within the assassin’s community by carrying out various missions.  The story of Assassin’s Creed is about family, vengeance and conspiracy; players are constantly being challenged and question who to trust.

The story includes an extensive plot and is of the historical fiction genre; the game contains real settings such as Jerusalem and 15th century Florence, Italy.  The graphics are simply extraordinary.  They include vivid images, and viewpoints in order for the player to properly map out future moves and get a scene of spacing within the game. When playing the game assigned on January 25, 2012, “Colossal Cave Adventure”, I realized how far electronic literature has gone in a matter of decades.  Assassin’s Creed is a wonderful example of this progress.  

  1 comment for “Progress- From “Colossal Cave Adventures” to “Assassin’s Creed”

  1. January 30, 2012 at 10:14 pm

    So, how do we get from Colossal Cave to Assassin’s Creed (a progression your title is implying)? Do you think they have anything in common?

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