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Gaming: The Daily Creed 06: Pavlovian punching

The Daily Creed is a series of (mostly) bitesize posts about my ongoing playthrough of Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood, sequel to what is still currently my fourth favourite game of 2009. The first post is here.

Forget the Templars or the Borgias, these guys are part of the true villainous faction of the series.

As I walk the streets in Assassin’s Creed Brotherhood I find myself instinctively attacking any musician who walks into my path. Not killing them, because Ezio didn’t do that (and the game ‘kills’ you if you kill three civilians in a short amount of time), but grabbing them and beating them to the floor with a few punches, knees or headbutts. I didn’t even think about doing it, it was an automatic reaction to them and I didn’t quite know why.

Then I watched the following video:

(Watch from about 1:00 to 4:00, especially from 3:30 to 3:50)

For whatever reason Ubisoft likes to include these people in their games, who don’t step aside when you pass and who actively make an effort to get in your face. In the first game it was escapees from the local mental asylum, who actively shoved you when you came near and made you more noticeable to guards (especially when you started stabbing them out of annoyance). The sequel added these minstrels who run up to Ezio to play songs at him and nobody else (relax, it’s just an issue with the Animus!), and the games are sprinkled with beggars who are similarly intrusive.

Somewhere along the way, possibly about the time I embraced the idea of being conspicuous (I’d rather fight every guard than avoid them because the combat is fun), I apparently just started assaulting them automatically, a behavious that’s carried through to the next game. To be fair, they only have themselves to blame. In my playthrough I’m absolutely the most infamous person in the city, a known killer who murders absolutely every guard he encounters, including chasing down those who flee, and the city is filled with posters calling for my arrest and heralds telling everybody exactly how villainous I am.

Frankly, anybody who runs up to somebody like that and sings at them is just asking for trouble. As with the heralds, maybe one day they’ll learn to watch what they say and how they behave, or ultimately Rome will simply run out of street musicians. It’s win-win either way.

Then again, there are situations where Rome’s citizens demonstrate that they aren’t exactly the quickest of learners…

Next on The Daily Creed: The brave people of Rome.

Previously on the Daily Creed: Blame it on the Animus!

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