Epic Life: Assassin’s Creed and Ubiculturality

Dec 04, 13 Epic Life: Assassin’s Creed and Ubiculturality

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The historical stories told within the animus of Assassin’s Creed are about the clash of cultures. The Assassins and the Templars are represented in the game’s version of history by those same Assassins and Templars (Assassin’s Creed), the forces of enlightenment and repression in Renaissance Italy...

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Epic Life: the verbs of the past and Assassin’s Creed

Nov 06, 13 Epic Life: the verbs of the past and Assassin’s Creed

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In my last two posts about the shooting mechanic, I tried to demonstrate that an understanding of immersion as the player’s identification with the ruleset that conditions his or her performance can help us find ways that even as entrenched a mechanic as shooting can, together with the shaping of player-immersion and...

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Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 3

Jul 24, 13 Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 3

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In a comment on my last post Rebecca demonstrated that the thought-experiment of narrative knitting is not at all ridiculous–there are several knitting practices that create emergent stories as they provide meaningful variations on the known patterns. Rebecca cited the symbolism of many of the traditional patterns, and the...

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Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 2

May 29, 13 Epic Life: Immersion and Flow, 2

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I ended up like this, last time: “the ruleset of knitting is not humanistic because its narrative varies so little.” In this post, I want briefly to explore some of the implications of that statement. Or, really, I want to try it on for size. First of all, the converse of this formulation implies that humanistic rulesets...

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Epic Life: Ritual Immersion in Papo & Yo

May 01, 13 Epic Life: Ritual Immersion in Papo & Yo

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Our immersion in rulesets creates metaphors for our selves that have the power to transform us. I’ve been talking in my last few posts about how that works–about how we identify not only with characters like Odysseus (in the Odyssey) and Quico (in Papo & Yo) but also with other parts of the rulesets according to...

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