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Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Dec. 22nd, 2010 @ 09:15 am
I need more icons. Really must get around to making some.

I've been playing AC:Bro. It's awesome. More details probably at some point, but it did produce one notable discussion.

Somewhat paraphrased, I think, due to imperfect recollection:

Me: Yeah, that's Lucrezia Borgia. Bitch.
Dean: My, that dress is... low-cut.
Me: It is. Because she's also trashy. And a bitch.
Dean: Right.
Me: The odd thing is, as far as I can tell, there's no such thing as misogynistic language, as long as you're applying it to Lucrezia Borgia. You also can't swear too much.
Dean: Unless the air is actually turning blue, you're not swearing enough?
Me: Right. Unless your mother has fainted, somewhere, and she doesn't know why, you are not swearing enough at Lucrezia Borgia. That bitch.

Because - well, you know, Borgias. And a Borgia who was one of Lucrezia and Cesare Borgia. And, specifically, the version of her in Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, which, let us say, is not entirely sympathetic to the Renaissance Borgias, and is more-or-less presenting a historically realistic version of the Renaissance Church pornocracy.

Fun fact: For some reason, on the Internet, references to the pornocracy all seem to assume the tenth century period. I can't help but wonder if this is a Templar conspiracy, since my Prior Learnings all looked at the Renaissance, especially Borgia, popes like that - you know, the ones who were corrupt and venal enough to set off Protestantism.

*looks around more* Oh, that explains it - it's pure church history misogyny. Because the tenth century saw women holding a lot of the actual power, which plainly makes it much more evil than all the mind-boggling shit the Borgia popes got up to.

Sometimes I feel clever Nov. 27th, 2009 @ 04:40 pm
I'm playing Metal Gear Solid 4. Currently in Act 2, replaying a bit because I forgot this game doesn't autosave. (Fortunately, I didn't lose *that* much progress.)

I really have been enjoying this game, mind you. Partly because it does actually reward exploring, and even creative thinking - for example, I worked out that it can be extremely effective to use the Metal Gear Mk II as a diversion. When guards are looking for Snake, unstealth it for a moment in a different direction, let the guards spot it - then restealth, but they'll go looking thataway for the robot, and will be drawn away from Snake.

Also in my current play rotation:

- Assassin's Creed II

This game is also brilliant. Better than the first game, which I also enjoyed - they've improved the mechanics for a lot of gameplay elements. This doesn't necessarily make them *easier*, mind you. For example, blending; instead of finding a group of scholars (who you'll have had to rescue previously in a big old combat, rather than being able to be all sneaky and stealthy all the time), joining them, and autopiloting their pre-ordained path, to blend now, you mingle with a group of citizens. And if they're moving, you have to move carefully with them, rather than going with them automatically.

It's both harder for the specific task and easier for general gameplay capacity and totally more awesome.

- Lego Batman

A little frustrating at a couple of places, but mostly those are when the game crashes - it's both the simplest game I've played on the PS3 and the buggiest. It's fun, though, and sometimes genuinely amusing with the story clips.

on the bright side, Altai'ir is hot Feb. 14th, 2009 @ 01:53 am
Things I am doing tonight include: Installing Assassin's Creed on my laptop. Because sometimes, you're just in the mood to kill people, y'know?

I'm a couple of days behind on reading LiveJournal again. Mostly because yesterday was Thursday, which (until after next week, when it becomes Wednesday) means psych appointments, which means total emotional fragility for me for a couple of days. (Which didn't mesh flawlessly with my getting very annoyed this evening, but fortunately I really am getting a lot better and anger did not become hideous depressive crash.)

The point remains, my friends list can be a bit saddening, which causes problems.

*after playing Assassin's Creed a bit*

You know what the biggest flaw in this game is?

Long, unskippable cutscenes. And I've been playing for aaaages and I'm still doing the plot setup section.

Current Location: Destiny; kitchen table
Current Mood: tired

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