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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The Last of Us – Will to Survive

The Moral of the Story

The Last of Us is likely on every gamer’s top ten list. It is arguably one of the best stories ever told in the medium, leveraging the post-apocalypse survival setting to tell an emotionally powerful tale about human nature. Trying to pick out a single moral or lesson out of the entire story was challenging given the large array of topics the game touches on. The psychological effects of surviving in an apocalyptic world, the blurring of the lines of morality, the constant threat of danger, or the loss of loved ones all provide a rich selection of potential themes. Finding a single moral became easier once I narrowed my search to a topic which related best to our everyday real lives. By looking at what was motivating the characters will to survive I was able to see a common theme across the entire story.

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