Getting Back In the Habit!

I just finished my junior year at the University of Maryland, College Park. Of course, I learned a lot academically, but I also learned a lot about myself. I am not going to lie it was a struggle to fit in game time with everything else I was doing. Meetings upon meetings. Endless papers to type and submit. Additionally, I work an on campus job. Needless to say, I have to ensure I manage my time well. Now that I am on summer break, I have sometime to reflect and most importantly, play videogames.

I picked up The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt on my last day of exams and had been hitting the videogames hard that week. Maybe a little too hard. My body is use to staying up around 1 or 2am. Gone are the days of staying up late til the sun rises again. This past saturday I was talking with my friends through Xbox Live up ’til 4am. Then, I stayed up an extra hour watching hulu. Sunday was not as bad for I went to bed around 3am. At the time of me typing this post, my head is slightly hurting and I feel weak. I was not eating regularly while I was gaming, thus explaining the muscle fatigue. On a side note, my legs are going through growing pains, so I am all screwed up this Memorial Day. Also, I have allergies and ran out of Flonase 4 days ago.

It was a blast playing hours upon hours of videogames that week, but I am not the gamer I use to be. I am not sad because of this realization. I am saying that things are a lot different, especially when I trying my best to become a videogame researcher. Videogames take time to play and so does studying them. There is a balance and I am very close to finding it. In the meantime, back to bed and back to gaming.

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A Quick Change of Pace: Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate Unveiled!

The new installment of Assassin’s Creed finally came into the limelight with Ubisoft’s livestream about Assassin’s Creed: Syndicate. That’s right – Syndicate not Victory. In a livestream Ubisoft unveiled the world and the gameplay on what is to be a fast-paced London set in the Industrial Revolution of 1868. While you can play as two protagonists Jacob and Evie Frye, Jacob is more of the focus. The Industrial Revolution has brought in new innovations such as carriages, trains, and electricity. Class divisions are apparent with the slum like townships being ever close to the upper echelon of real estate. The world of Syndicate is a nice change of pace from the standard scenery of open world shanty towns like the ones in AC: Black Flag and the tight knit spaces of Paris such as in AC: Unity.

The Industrial Revolution has also bestowed new weaponry to our agile protagonist: the curved, short Kurki Knife, revolver, and most importantly, a grappling hook attached to the hidden blade gauntlet.

I want to mention something that I admire about the livestream: Ubisoft Quebec are the ones who delivered us the enthralling and troublesome AC: Unity. Several employees commented throughout the stream on the hysteria surrounding AC: Unity. This was Ubisoft owning up to their mistakes and moving forward to ensure Syndicate comes out clean. I appreciate Ubisoft Quebec for doing that. It proves to me that as a gamer I am more than some source of revenue.

AC: Syndicate comes out on October 23 for PS4 and Xbox One and later in autumn for the PC.