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Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag – A Geek’s Nod

So, I’m a geek, plain and simple.

However you want to shape it, I am – and always have been – into science fiction, fantasy, video games, comic books, history, mythology, etc.

Believe it or not, I’ve actually read the Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, and I have copies of BOTH the Star Trek and the Starfleet Technical Manuals on my bookshelves.  I still remember getting excited in anticipation of the next episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation, and the X-Files.  I’ve also seen Ghostbusters about a thousand times…  To this day, I make no apologies for loving these things, for that identity has shaped the man I’ve become and, strangely enough, I’m proud of who, and what, I am (Sometimes).

When I was young, however, it wasn’t cool to be into such things.  Hot girls were NOT impressed by one’s knowledge of Spider-Man’s origins, or the cool new “Easter egg” that you discovered in your favourite game.  Geek culture had yet to leech into the mainstream, as it has so effectively in the last few years.  But I was never alone in my passion for all things geek.  I had my buddy Ash.

Ashraf Ismail, for those of you who don’t know him, is the Game Director for Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag at Ubisoft.  He’s worked in the video gaming industry for more than ten years, and he’s about to launch one of the coolest games that I’ve ever seen on October 29th, 2013 in North America.  Before he was any of these things, however, Ash was my best friend.  He and I shared a passion for science fiction, video games, and comic books.  We’ve been friends since the fifth grade, and I can think of no better human being on this planet (a statement I stand by, and refuse to qualify).

So, in honour of my best friend’s marvellous upcoming achievement, I’ve decided to share this incredible game with you.  It’s the fourth installment in the Assassin’s Creed series of games, and it centres around pirate culture in the Caribbean at the dawn of the 18th Century (Awesome, I know!).

For those of you who’ve yet to hear anything of the game, check out this trailer to whet your appetite…

The open world that they’ve created in the game is so expansive and beautiful, that any description I might offer would pale in comparison to the actual experience, so here’s a quick walkthrough, narrated by none other than Ash himself…

I hope that you will consider picking up this amazing game.  It will be available on PS3/PS4, PC, Wii U, and Xbox 360/Xbox One as early as October 29, 2013 in North America.

From one geek to another, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!

NEW!!!!!!!!! Check out this great review of the game from IGN (written by Marty Sliva)…

IGN Review: AC4: Black Flag

Disclaimer: Please note that I’m not associated with Ubisoft, or this game, professionally in any way.  Any endorsement is based solely upon my own opinions.


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Sense in Nonsense

So, I’m happy to report that, after a little bit of an inspirational drought, I’m back at it.  I’ve been writing quite steadily, and the second book in the Reflections of Shadow trilogy is shaping up nicely.

To those who were displeased with my last post, I’d like to apologize for the schizophrenic nature of this blog, but I’m still refining how I use this forum to express myself.  So I’d like to preface this new post with a disclaimer.  If you are not into whimsy, do NOT read on.

When I was in school, I was introduced to stream of consciousness.  We used it as a tool to loosen our writing muscles, and as a filter-free way to express ourselves.  I loved this type of expression then, and I’d like to dive into a little more, just for shits and giggles…  Catch you on the flip side!

Tears of starlight stripped of life fall gently on the rubber wet from use and abuse it isn’t that there should be something greater said the lion often the cries of his inner voice are not heard they fall like the rain on deaf ears and the man that runs the machine refuses to account for something that cannot be considered practical or measurable it’s the plight we all share whether you believe it or not too often we step aboard this journey content to let the driver dictate where we end up but the driver doesn’t understand that sometimes the view from the window is not enough too long in the form can blister our senses until they can no longer tell us anything of the ethereal I lose my greater self it strikes me when I see men and women define themselves through a deity’s eyes when that interpretation is so earth-bound as to be ridiculously biased but time both focuses and unfocuses our gaze and it always will tell me she said quietly when did you get so serious I laughed and shook my head it isn’t the seriousness that’s the problem it’s the objects of mirth in between the faerie smiled then and clapped her hands then we’ll have to find your smile again I went along because a part of me had not forgotten the child wide-eyed with wonder at the big beautiful world if you can smile when no one is around then you’ll be just fine…

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