Play in Process: The Patient Assassins

Each week in Play in Process, Richard Clark shares what he’s been playing and why it means something to him.It's been out for a while, but I've recently regained interest in the multi-player mode of Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood. Here's my thesis: If you're the kind of person who finds the standard fast-paced, shooter-based multiplayer games overwhelming and or boring, this is for you. Here are some things that set apart Assassin's Creed's multiplayer from any other game:An emphasis on pati … [Read more...]

Our Ten Favorite Video Games of 2010

Far from an objective declaration of the best video games out there (you'll notice a distinct and shameful lack of Wii games), the following is a list that we have compiled of our favorite games of the past year. These are games that we had the chance to play, and that we loved not just for their value proposition or for their genuine ability to entertain, but for their undeniable beauty. For the most part, this is a list of experiences. The great thing about games, is that they are experiences … [Read more...]

Podcast #71: How "Chuck" "Lost" the "Assassin's Creed" While Emerging from Church

This week, Ben and Rich address subjects that were suggested by listeners like you! We asked for some subjects via Twitter, Facebook and the website, and tried to address as many as possible. Some subjects discussed: Assassin's Creed 2, Chuck, Lost, Haiti charity, the emergent church and more!Every week, Richard Clark and Ben Bartlett acknowledge and respond to the big issues in popular culture. We love feedback! If you’d like to respond you can comment on the website, send an email to c … [Read more...]

Assassin's Creed 2: Shot Through the Heart

Note: If you haven't played through AC2, you may want to finish first before you read this. There's some acknowledgement of end-game revelations.Assassin's Creed 2 opens with a telling disclaimer: "Inspired by historical events and characters, this work of fiction was designed, developed and produced by a multicultural team of various religious faiths and beliefs." It's the first in a series of signals that what we are about to play is in fact a very different type of game.In an industry … [Read more...]

Looking Back: Five 2009 Video Game Moments That Give Me Hope for the Medium

While devotion to the mediums of film, books, and music are often acceptable and even encouraged, it's harder to justify a devotion to video games. While those who appreciate these more respected mediums are often thought of as smart, perceptive, and thoughtful, video game devotees are often thought of as simple-minded fanboys simply out for another challenge or mindless fun.I am well aware that this perception is based on a certain reality: when it comes to artistic seriousness, video games … [Read more...]