Assassin's Creed Origins Ditches Fantasy For Education
"Assassin’s Creed has always danced a complicated jig between historical accuracy and bonkers, sci-fi fun. By necessity, the series cuts corners when it comes to historical accuracy. These are games, not textbooks; they need to be fun, they need to be playable and they need to be sprinkled liberally with Assassin lore.
While the games and their extensive database entries don’t separate fact from fiction, they still brim with historical research. There’s not a small amount of effort that goes into making historical games.
That’s why I’m so excited for the new Discovery Tour mode for Assassin’s Creed Origins. It shines a spotlight on not just the historical reality of ancient Egypt, but also on the game design process. It illuminates what the developers changed, and why."
Assassins Creed: Origins' Historical Tour mode is a welcome sight in the video game industry. As we move forward with different advances in technology, it's important to find new ways to connect with and educate the younger generations. Incorporating video games into that education can be a vital tool.
Just about everyone has their face buried in a screen the majority of their day. Whether it be a computer, television, tablet, or smartphone it's nearly impossible to walk outside without seeing these screens engulf society. A prime example of this is my old high school now requires each student to purchase a tablet for educational purposes. I'm sure they're not alone in that stance either. Instead of chastising the use of these tools, more companies like Ubisoft should embrace the advantages they provide. I've had conversations with teachers who express some of the biggest challenges are keeping kids engaged and interested in learning the material they're teaching. Utilizing the technology that they're already using on a daily basis can certainly add to educational opportunities.
I love that Ubisoft made it so anyone could pick up Origins and participate in the historical tour. There is no sharp learning curve or combat sequences to worry about. All you have to do is enjoy the beautiful scenery and learn the facts about Ancient Egypt. Other game studios: please take note of this development. How amazing would it be to see a historical tour of the late 1800's in Red Dead Redemption 2? What about experiencing true Norse mythology through the eyes of Kratos' son, Atreus, in the new God of War? Those are just two examples that come to mind but there are countless other games that can embrace this idea.
As gamers, we all know that video games aren't for everyone. At the same time we also understand how massive the gaming population is. If kids prefer to play a game instead of read a book, then lets give them more opportunities to learn the same knowledge they obtain from those textbooks in video game form. The negative stigma that has surrounded video game culture for far too long doesn't have to stay that way. Hopefully more game studios will take a lesson from Ubisoft to help change that perception.