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Entertain Me ‘Assassins Creed III’ draws in non-video-gamer

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Posted: Friday, March 15, 2013 4:30 am

I know I’ll sound old saying this, but my childhood was quite different from today’s children. I grew up in the ’80s where, for the most part, we played outside until we were forced to come in. I did not have a cellphone or an iPad.

We were poor, so there were no video game consoles in my house. If I played a video game it was Oregon Trail in elementary school.

As an adult, I still don’t care to play video games. I don’t have the patience or attention span to get lost in a two-dimensional fictitious world. My husband begs to differ.

“It is real,” he jokingly says.

He, however, and most men I dated in the past, love to play video games. His favorite is “Call of Duty.” The player sees through the perspective of the protagonist and runs around shooting at other players. Not exactly the most interesting game to watch.

In fairness, my husband does not play video games in excess to the point of threatening our relationship. I understand he enjoys playing as a means to relax and decompress. And I enjoy the time he plays because it allows me to do things I like to do and keeps him from pestering me when he’s bored.

While he’s playing, I tinker online, cook, clean, walk our dogs, anything but pay attention to how awesomely he just killed another player.

So on Thursday when I bought him “Assassins Creed III,” I figured I was also buying myself some personal time. Little did I know the game’s storyline would be so interesting, that it would captivate us both the entire weekend.

The basic premise is the “untold story of the American Revolution through the eyes of a new assassin, Conner.” Conner is a warrior son of a Native American mother and British father. His clan is threatened and he must seek revenge.

What is so cool about the game are the awesome graphics and music. One moment, Connor hunts and swings on the branches of a birch-tree forest with butterflies buzzing by, and the next he’s slaying “Red Coats” on the battlefield. “Assassins Creed III” plays like a movie, with legendary heroes of American history, intelligent dialogue and some historical accuracy.

But what I enjoyed most was going on the “journey” with my husband, watching him engage the enemy one moment and sail the high seas in search of treasure the next. All in the comfort of our home.

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