Author: Elizabeth Alexander

Simulation, Death vs. Desynchronization, and Historical Trauma

Assassin’s Creed easily has the most confusing multiple level narrative I’ve ever encountered, whether in a game, a television show, a movie or a book. Picking up where my last post left off, the game hinges on the fact that this entire adventure is a simulation. We, the player, are about three steps removed from any sort of “real” gameplay–we are… Read more →

The_Critical_Is Roundup

at the_critical_is GUEST POST: Constructions of Gamer Identity in Popular Television “Penny exemplifies the stereotype of the desexualized female gamer—she has not showered in days, has no idea what day it is, and feels no shame in eating stale Cheetos out of her unbrushed hair.[4] This desexualization of Penny is unique to her, as Raj, Leonard and Howard who all play… Read more →

Haunted by Historical Memory

By no stretch of the imagination is Assassin’s Creed: Freedom’s Cry an easy game to play. From the actual mission to the various side missions, between delivering packages to killing slaveowners and liberating plantations, the journey upon which the reader embarks at the onset of the game is long, winding, and difficult. For those who study American Slavery or enslavement… Read more →

The_Critical_Is Roundup

at the_critical_is 22 POINTS ON LIBERATING THE MACHINE “1. …Liberation focuses on Aveline de Grandpré, a French-African assassin who moves fluidly between three personas that “embody the three aspects of her identity:” society lady, slave, and assassin. “Each person”…“comes with a different set of skills and limitations,” including sleuth, parkour, deception, and—surprise, surprise—assassination. Read more →

Is It Really About Love? Female Conflict in Assassin’s Creed

Assassin’s Creed is a complex game series. It blurs the lines between where the human player ends and where the assassin memory begins, with a digital human player somewhere in the middle of the two. It traces major events in world history, from the Crusades to the American Revolution to Transatlantic enslavement and most recently, the French Revolution. It has… Read more →