Assassin’s Creed did not teach me to kill, it taught me to be wise

The Moral of the Story

The very name, Assassin’s Creed, speaks to the premise of the story. The world of Assassin’s Creed is one of stealth and death. Each milestone in the series storyline is defined by the death of a target. The core of the gameplay is centered around combat, fighting guards, air assassinations, poison darts, and so on. With all of this at the forefront of my mind, I was very surprised when reflecting on the game’s storyline to find myself learning a different lesson. I was writing about the ideologies of the Assassins and Templars when I read a certain quote. A quote which inspired me to write this article focusing on an surprising moral. The moral of the Assassin’s Creed story is not about assassination, violence, or climbing rooftops…instead it is about being wise.

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Far Cry 4 – Journey before Destination

The Moral of the Story

Far Cry 4 is a story of characters who become so focused on a goal that they become blinded by it. Their drive to achieve their desires causes them to justify questionable actions, leading them down a path which in the end changes both the person and the goal itself. This is a tale about people who place the destination over the journey, caring not about how they arrive, only that they reach the end. Continue reading

(Revised) BioShock Infinite – Can a Tiger Change It’s Stripes?

I have been working on revising this post for some time since I have a more defined structure for my Moral of The Story posts now. While the middle section has largely not changed I have added in what I consider the most important piece, how the Moral applies to real life. I didn’t want to remove the old version in order to preserve the comments so I created this new post for the revised version. Let me know how you think the moral applies to life or what lesson you learned from BioShock Infinite. Enjoy!

The Moral of the Story

The moral of BioShock Infinite can be summed up with the saying, “A tiger cannot change its stripes.” The phrase states a person cannot change their true nature, and by the end of the game that message comes across clearly. Outward appearances and actions can hide what lies beneath, but a person’s true nature remains the same.

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Why Video Game Stories Matter

Video games provide a very unique opportunity when it comes to storytelling. No other medium allows a person to really jump inside a story and follow right along with the struggles and victories the characters experience. Nothing else can put the power of influencing how the story ends in a person’s hands like a video game. All stories contain critical points were a tough decision is made, a tragic or wonderful event occurs, situations which leave us full of emotion. But being able to act out those scenarios in a video game, to control the outcome, to decide who lives and who dies. Those are such powerful experiences! They have just as much of an impact as reading a book or watching a movie; perhaps even more since the player is actively participating in the story. Many a time those types of experiences have kept me awake at night after I completed a game. Tossing and turning, thinking about the choices I made or the events I witnessed. I created this blog because I want to share these thoughts. If you have played the game I want to know if what I say resonates with you, if you had a similar experience as me. But if you had a different experience I want to hear about it! Remember, when it comes to stories there is no right and wrong. Only different points of view.

-Anidaan