Assassin’s Creed III Argues Why What The Founding Fathers Thought Doesn’t Matter

Assassin’s Creed III Argues Why What The Founding Fathers Thought Doesn’t Matter

Fictional British historian and Templar-fighter Shaun Hastings is not cowed by the greatness of the United States or its history. It is in Hastings’s voice that the Assassin’s Creed series’ excellent historical databases are written. In previous games, he skewered figures from the Renaissance. In Assassin’s Creed III he finds some American targets.

The game’s writers don’t confine Hastings’ snark to the database and instead give him voice to some of the more pointed and explicit political commentary I’ve ever seen in a major video game. We’ve got two clips here, pulled from optional conversations players can access during the game’s modern-day interludes.

The first one is a doozy.

I guess we can conclude that Hastings — and maybe his writer-is not a Strict Constructionist..

In fact, they damn near walk up to a defence of gay marriage and other issues that opponents argue may not align with the Founding Fathers’ expressed values and practices. But you’ll have to read between the lines for that interpretation.

The second is a slightly unconventional take on the American Revolution.

Enjoy. Or be enraged. Or… hey, it’s nice when game creators let their characters actually say something, no?


  • I loved this in AC3, Shaun’s snarky database entries and those conversations have some great writing. I did think at the time that it’s a surprisingly topical and political statement to make in a game, but that’s probably because most games have such terrible one-dimensional writing to begin with.

  • So a game said what the rest of the world thinks about americas boring history and founders. About time i guess.

  • I don’t think that the writers are saying that the founding fathers….well, sucked. I think that they’re giving their character character! After all, people can have different opinions and Shaun thinking that the founding fathers were overrated was making their BRITISH character believable.

  • IMO, for an AC game, it sucks. AC1, as a ‘playable’ and addictive title, failed dismally to keep me entertained – it was only after AC2 that I was able to complete AC1 with any desire.

    AC3 has left me bored, im not sure if it’s the fact america truly is a boring place, or just because the game isn’t up to par with what it could have been…

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