Amazing Assassin’s Creed Trailer

When I see things like this I can’t understand why people wouldn’t want to play computer games…

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  1. Nope. Just can’t see why the gorgeous graphic rendering and the cinematic quality of this trailer would appeal at all..watch all 3 minutes of this absolutely stunning advert and thought to myself “meh…give me the lag and grey goo of Second Life anytime!” ๐Ÿ˜€

    As for LOTRO…damn you sir! I’m drooling over the sheer quality of the pictures you’ve shown us so far, and desperately saving my pennies for a Computer that can actually download the software….

    1. heh, very true… give me lag, 2-minute rezzing, missing textures, broken chat channels and crap customer service any day ๐Ÿ˜‰

      If you do join I can refer you for a points bonus so let me know- it would be most excellent to have a fellow Brit SLer on the same server to fight alongside ๐Ÿ˜€

  2. Well, speaking from the other side, given the choice between a gorgeously rendered game in which I get to walk through someone else’s story about testosterone-soaked people killing each other, and a somewhat laggier and lower-res world in which I get to build stuff and make my own stories, I know which one *I’ll* choose… ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Totally see the “killing” part of your viewpoint, it’s not my normal game play style either (Doom, Quake, Unreal, Half Life, Halo, Max Payne & Left 4 Dead *may* seem to prove different, but really I’m just a pussy cat) but really disagree with your notion of story crafting. In my experience, open worlds such as SL can generate some wonderful stories but I’ve seen just as many blogs with player fiction set in LOTRO’s Middle Earth as I ever did around the worlds of Caledon, Babbage, Steelhead, et al*.

      Creativity and the desire to craft a story & tell it to the world, isn’t the sole preserve of SL ๐Ÿ™‚

      hba
      ~~~

      * Babbage Ning aside I’ve seen more story telling activity in my one month in LOTRO than I have in my last year of SL. I’m sure if I dug I’d find plenty of blogs & tales set in SL I don’t know about, but it has seemed to me that in the last 2 years there has been a steady decline in the number of people telling stories in SL – certainly the heyday, to me at least, seemed to have passed in 2007. Like I say, this is just how I see it and probably bears no relation to reality. Now let’s read 20 fashion blogs and check on Hammy’s latest Hot Avatar posts shall we…

      1. We probably differ somewhat in what we mean by “story”. ๐Ÿ™‚ To me doing anything at all significant in SL is making a story; a story about someone with cat-ears living on a beach and racing jetskis, a story about a girl with a mohawk who hangs out on a platform a mile in the sky building strange pulsating spheres that follow each other around, a story about an elegant humanoid fox who wears a tux and goes out dancing to 40’s jazz, or whatever. They don’t have to be written down in text to be stories; in terms of written-down-text stories I agree that there isn’t that much in SL (but I think that’s probably because since we’re living them there’s not all that much reason to also write them down).

        Whereas in LOTRO or WoW or whatever the story is already there written for you, usually to a very high degree, but even in the shiny modern “open storyline” games to a much higher degree than it is in SL. To make your own story around LOTRO or WoW or Assassin’s Creed you have to go outside the game (to your blog or fanfiction site or whatever); but at least from my pov doing pretty much *anything* in SL is making a story. Alot of the stories may not be all that interesting to some of us, like the ones about being vapid fashion models :), but that a whole ‘nother question…

        1. I very much agree – stories can be found in the smallest & most surprising places, but I do tend to favour those that, as you say, go outside to bounds of the game, regardless what the game might be.

    2. I hope I’m not coming across as a SL knocker, you know, like one of those bores who turns veggie and then ruins every night out twatting on about how meat is murder etc. I *love* SL and the part it’s played in my life. I don’t want to leave SL, I just don’t need to be there right now.

      A few years ago I got all excited about the Xperia X1 phone. I drove my family and friends mad about how much I wanted this gorgeous bit of kit until I finally got it. And how I loved it! I loved that phone like my own child (often more so as it never woke me up in the small hours to inform me it had wet the bed). It ran Windows Mobile 6.5 and was like a Dr Who gizzmo in that every day I had to almost fight to make it do what I wanted it to do. It crashed, froze, refused, deleted, couldn’t, wouldn’t and every day I loved these wee fights convinced I was on the edge of a revolution and as such teething problems had to be not only expected, but celebrated.

      Then came the fateful day it broke. A plastic phone is never going to last forever and certainly not given how I much used manhandled it. In some ways I was heartbroken, but in others it was a guilty relief. The gloss of having a laptop running Windows on my phone had begun to wear off and the beguiling beauty of a Android had caught my eye. Nervously I made the switch from Xperia to Desire.

      In less than 24 hours I realised just how shit Windows Mobile 6.5 actually was. I was amazed to see my new phone do stuff not only my old phone could not do, but simply would not do. Instead of a daily battle I’d convinced myself I enjoyed, I just had a smart phone that did all I wanted a smart phone to do and more! All without complaining and without breaking.

      This is how I feel about SL & LOTRO. LOTRO does what I love in SL (playing, blogging & writing – I’m not a builder, coder or artist and virtual sex & relationships don’t interest me) and does them all without complaining or breaking.

      SL is wonderful for some things and dreadful at others because it was made for no thing in particular. LOTRO is just wonderful at things because they are the things it was made for and right now that’s exactly what I need from my computer-based spare time. I need it do let me play, create & write with no complaining and no breaking ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. No particular disagreement there! Until recently I was in the latter mood myself, and spent alot of time in WoW leveling my new healer. But now I’ve gotten to the end of that story, or at least the part I’m interested in, so at least until Firelands comes out or I get in a tank-leveling mood, my interest level has flagged again. Whereas on spending more time in SL I’m reminded yet again of the chaos and variety and unpredictability that I love it for. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m constantly finding stories that I didn’t expect, and that I haven’t read before.

        So mostly I was really reacting to the “how can anyone not love video games when they look this good?” question (which I realize may have been a leetle tongue-in-cheek). It really isn’t about teh shiny rendering. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. It wasn’t really tongue in cheek but at the same time it wasn’t aimed at a LOTRO comparison with SL either.

          Whenever I hear the “PEGI 18” voice on TV my ears prick up and the game trailer/advert has my full attention and I come away amazed that my missus sat next to me hasn’t even registered it. Similarly my dad could never understand how I tuned out of the sports sections at the end of TV news, and likewise I can’t understand why a trailer like that (regardless of the game – I’ll never play Assassin’s Creed as I have no console and don’t want one) leaves people cold. The world is full of other people ๐Ÿ˜€

        2. And no, you’re right, it’s *not* about the quality of the rendering – it’s about the visceral thrill the trailer offers which is often not available from the actual game (my sorry Call of Duty Black Ops trailer vs Game experience being a prime example). I don’t see games as denying me a story, more allowing me to move inside an exciting movie – Left 4 Dead being a prime example – for me it’s all about the dissolution of the real world and the immersion into a more exciting, dangerous feeling of ‘now’.

          SL offers me something equally fun & vital, very different – creativity & friendships ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. HBA, I got hyped over the Assassin’s Creed trailer too. I โค that game. I know my sis will end up with it so I'll just wait it out and pilfer it from her, LOL.

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