Assassin's Creed: A Multi-Cultural Read

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Publication Article, peer reviewed scientific
Title Assassin's Creed: A Multi-Cultural Read
Author(s) Seif El-Nasr, Magy ; Al-Saati, Maha ; Niedenthal, Simon ; Milam, David
Date 2008
English abstract
Video game playing is becoming a predominant part of popular culture. Games, like Assassin’s Creed (Ubisoft, released 2007), The Sims (Maxis, released 2000), Guitar Hero (RedOctane, released 2005), and World of War Craft (Bilizzard, released 2004), have attracted players from many different cultures and age groups. In this paper, we propose that the experience of playing a video game, like Assassin’s Creed, is a personal experience shaped through one’s emotional values, expectations, knowledge, and attitudes as influenced by culture. As we set out to review the Assassin’s Creed game, we discovered that each one of us had a different experience with the game. In this paper, we draw on our Assassin’s Creed play sessions. This experience is shaped by our different cultural viewpoints, including Middle-Eastern and Western, as well as intellectual disciplinary backgrounds, which include architecture, theatre, and computer science. To Maha and Magy, for example, the game aroused many nostalgic feelings through its simulated Middle-Eastern cities, the use of Arabic words, accents and gestures, and the detailed Middle-Eastern architectural design. While such small details meant much when viewed by Maha and Magy, their values were different when viewed by Simon and David. To both Simon and David, the game play experience was heightened through the beautiful architectural detail and the use of the environment layout as a function of gameplay, such as the use of rooftops for platforming, fast movement and flying-like actions, and stealth. This collaborative game review suggests that a game is, in interesting ways, experienced and perceived differently by players from divergent cultural-linguistic situations.
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Publisher Simon Fraser University
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Volume 2
ISSN 1923-2691
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Arabic Culture
Digital Games
Humanities/Social Sciences
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