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assassin's creed is the new farmville

24 Dec 2013

2013-12-24 02:35:49 -0600

Almost broke the new writing streak (which would have made it much shorter than the first one).

Since I spent far too many hours playing Assassin's Creed 4 today, how about I talk about that.

First, there's the fact that one of my most hated parts of Assassin's Creed 3 is the part where I've probably put in the most time so far. And that's sailing.

I'm currently on the endless grind of taking ships down and upgrading my own so I can take on bigger enemies.

But I noticed the Farmville style elements.

First, apparently the missions you send your fleet on take place in real time. I was actually impressed given that several of my morning missions were done by the time I played in the evening.

Then there's the friends element. I happened to have some random playstation friend who I noticed had some ships out so I helped them out and was rewarded with those exploding barrels you can use in the mini game where you pit one set of ships against another (if I were playing in English, I'm sure I'd actually know the name).

I've always found the realtime element interesting. I'm not sure if it will work out for Assassin's Creed, but I personally think I end up playing the realtime games more often than I would've. It's got built in encouragement to check up on your farm/restaurant/city/whatever on a regular basis so that you can continue to progress.

Now, why I say it won't necessarily help Assassin's Creed, is that the barrier to entry is so much higher. Logging into Facebook and loading some game is one thing. To me, the time it would take to boot/play the game just would be too much, such that I'm not going to randomly do it like I might with some casual farmville style game.

I feel I'm getting close to the end of my tolerance for playing Assassin's Creed.

This tends to happen for me with any game where it's not a singular storyline: I overplay it and then get sick of it.

In general, this is my problem with gaming. I tend to binge-game. I often end up taking months off at a time, just because, like an addiction, it's easier to stop cold turkey than to try to come to grips with the word moderation.

Of course, things are somewhat engineered to favor bingeing for me in that, I own very few of the games I play. I rent them or borrow them. So it then ends up making more sense to binge on them and quickly return them.

And just like binge eating, it often ultimately is not very pleasant.