While I have already blocked said blogger (and masterassassin3, who is also doing the same thing), everyone else may want to take the precaution. Just go to http://www.tumblr.com/block and enter in those URLs and you should be safe.
(ALSO I ALREADY HAVE MY COPY OF AC3 BUT I DUNNO IF I SHOULD START IT SINCE MY DAUGHTER WAKES UP IN SEVEN HOURS AHHH FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS)
The whole concept of the robes is a tricky one, because granted they are sort of an anachronism in and of themselves. When you boil it down, the assassin robes are an Ubisoft construct that any of their protagonists would wear because they are the symbol of the brand. But to put them into context of the AC3 universe, the assassin robes are likened to a dress uniform, similar to what the British and Colonial armies wear. To Connor, the British colonists—regardless of which side they chose during the Revolutionary War—are outsiders, and the fact that he is part British causes him inner conflict.
That being said, to call Connor’s donning of the robes an act of assimilation is a tricky one. While one could argue that he is adopting the customs and traditions of a different culture than his own (namely, the assassin culture), he is doing it on his own accord and maintaining his own culture by altering his robes and rejecting the classic hidden blade as his primary weapon. However, his entire adoption of the persona of Connor Kenway is motivated by the desire to be accepted in Colonial circles, which could be a gray area.
I’m no expert either, if you couldn’t tell, lol. But I do agree with you that, at the end of the day, most people won’t consider Connor wearing assassin robes as an act of assimilation. But there is some interesting implications for his character in that, isn’t there? Ugh, I hope October 30 gets here as soon as possible!
Connor is of mixed heritage; he was born to a Mohawk mother and a British father, which is why some may think he looks one way instead of another way. But again, this is another tool that Ubisoft is using to challenge us to see things as they really are, instead of what we may perceive them to be.
Just because Connor’s father is British does not make him any less Mohawk, nor does the fact that his “look” doesn’t conform to whatever image of Native Americans we hold in our minds’ eye. At the end of the day, Connor Kenway is just a persona adopted by Ratonhnhake:ton in order to blend in with Colonial society. Connor Kenway is his mask, his ruse, and I think the dichotomy of that will make for a fantastic narrative.
This is very true, and like I stated in a previous ask, all of the attention to detail and respect to history with which Ubisoft is approaching Assassin’s Creed III is going to (hopefully) shine a light on aspects of Native American culture and American history of which some people are unaware. The original submitter’s problem with Connor’s character design may be cleared up once he/she plays the game and realizes what really constitutes “Native American”; or the original submitter’s intention with his/her submission has been completely lost since, again, I cannot speak for him/her. At any rate, I think the debate that this post has sparked is important for the fandom; I am very impressed at the asks that have come in, and I hope that people are taking away something from all of this. I know I have.
Thanks for your input.
I’m not sure that I can necessarily see where you are coming from in regards to Connor’s mixed heritage, but I can confirm that Noah Watts, a member of the Crow tribe, was used in Connor’s facial motion capture. And I think if you actually see them face-to-face, as it were, the resemblance is there.
As for Desmond in ACR, Philippe Bergeron actually came out and said in a recent interview with AusGamers that Francisco Randez was NOT used as a face model in Revelations, and in fact Desmond more resembled then AC-Creative Director Alex Amanico. I guess I can see where he’s coming from…
But anyway, I think the important thing to take from this is Ubisoft’s efforts to portray a Native American protagonist as accurately as possible, even if it goes against what some consider “Native American”. Especially if it goes against it. I think that this game will positively influence those who may have not had the best exposure to Native American culture, and will hopefully inspire them to seek out more information and educate themselves.
At least, that’s what I hope.
Perhaps the submitter was expecting more of a traditional dress for Connor, as portrayed in this painting of Thayendanegea (Joseph Brant)?
Maybe the submitter thought that Connor wearing the Assassin robes, styled as they are, was an act of assimilation, even though Connor has added a few touches to honor his tribe. I cannot speak for him/her. However, whatever his/her thoughts on the subject, it’s good to debate topics, especially ones that are quite messy. As long as we’re civil about it. Otherwise, we would all be stuck with our limited world views and never grow as people.
I am sorry if the problem offended you, but I applaud you for voicing your concern in a non-accusatory fashion. It shows awareness, along with a level of maturity that is needed when addressing these things. It’s a strong trait to have.
As you wish.
Ahem, anyway, whether or not you are killing an enemy efficiently does depend on the way you play the game. Are you a button masher? Because if you are just smashing buttons in hopes for a kill, it is possible that you’re hitting B instead of X (in 360 terms, which is all I know), which would affect your kills. And even if you are a skilled assassin, I find that sometimes, when you press RT-X to counter while trying to keep up your kill chain, everything goes to hell. So, really, all I can advise is to try and keep your play more precise.
Also, I would like to take the opportunity to remind people that, as the Ask Box clearly states, I would rather not answer game-related questions on this blog. I will answer your questions if you are off anon, though, so don’t be shy! Trust me, whatever problem you’re having with AC will never be as dumb as when I played through nearly half of Resident Evil 4 before realizing Leon could run.
William Miles is this fine gentleman:
We are introduced to him in voice form during the end credits of ACB as “Bill”, and through conversations between him and Rebecca and Shaun while Desmond was in a coma in ACR. At the end of Revelations, he is finally revealed when he’s shown in the back of the van with Desmond when he wakes up, which is when it is also revealed that William is Desmond’s father (DUN DUN DUNNNN). If you read the emails in ACB, too, Shaun has a correspondence with William, since he is the one who keeps tabs on the assassins’ dwindling numbers.
Hope this refreshes your memory!
Yes. I have the queue set for seven posts between 12PM/12AM CST. This allows me to work around my increasingly hectic schedule of college, work, and parenting.
Is there a problem with the queue? Because that happens sometimes; Tumblr enjoys causing mindless havoc at the expense of others. Let me know if the submissions start being wonky in any way, and I’ll try to fix it.
Prego, di niente.
Yes, I would be concerned, for you would be breaking one of the tenants of the Creed: Never compromise the Brotherhood. I think punching out a guy in broad daylight would bring only negative consequences on the assassins, so I am proud that your resolve stayed your hand.
If someone in the future expresses ignorance to our ways, use the opportunity to educate them, not chastise them. Every free-thinking individual is an empty vessel waiting to be filled with knowledge, and it is best that we get to the vessel first, before the Templar scourge.
However, if all attempts of assimilation…er, education bears no fruit, then the subject may need to be neutralized. He will know too much. But do it with maximum stealth, and within the boundaries of our Order; do not repeat the mistakes of Altair.
Safety and peace.
You can hear Vieri shriek this same exclamation of surprise during the mission Roadside Assistance in ACII (go to 1:41).
Apparently, there are a lot of sorcerers within the AC universe. Wouldn’t be surprised if Hagrid showed up at the end of ACIII and was like, “Yer a wizard, Connor!”